Dumbarton 1
East Fife 0
League (League 2)

1 - 0
East Fife 

League (League 2)
Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 599
3:00 PM Kick-off

Sean Crighton (87)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Greig McDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Brett Long
26. Sean Crighton
5. Mark Durnan
2. Aron Lynas
4. Blair Malcolm
22. Matthew Shiels
29. Greig Young
18. Finlay Gray
17. James Hilton
11. Ross MacLean
8. David Wilson
Allan Fleming
Jonathan Page
Sean Docherty
Brian Easton
Stewart Murdoch
Connor McManus
Kieran Miller
Alan Trouten
Jack Healy
Scott Shepherd
Nathan Austin

16. Harry Broun
14. Tony Wallace
3. Gregg Wylde
6. Ryan Blair
7. Kalvin Orsi
15. Luca Vata
10. Declan Byrne
23. Michael Ruth
9. Ryan Wallace
Jacob Comerford
Ross Philp
Liam Newton
Brogan Walls
Gregor Nicol
Reece Beveridge
Kieran Mitchell

Michael Ruth for David Wilson (68)
Ryan Wallace for Aron Lynas (68)
Ryan Blair for James Hilton (68)
Kalvin Orsi for Ross MacLean (68)
Tony Wallace for Greig Young (78)
Brogan Walls for Connor McManus (78)
Kieran Mitchell for Scott Shepherd (78)
Gregor Nicol for Kieran Miller (90)

Blair Malcolm (56)
Scott Shepherd (23)
Alan Trouten (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Peter Stuart (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & Scott Bunting (Assistants)

Match Report

Dumbarton left it late to earn a 1-0 victory against East Fife and make it three wins in a row.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Sean Crighton crashed in a 87th minute header to pick up all three points for Stevie Farrell’s side.

The Sons boss made just one change after last weekends 4-2 win at Stenhousemuir, and it was a forced one with the suspended Carlo Pignatiello dropping out and Matty Shiels being given the nod.

Faz continued with the 3-5-2 formation that has been so successful in the last 135 minutes of football but the afternoon nearly got off to a far from ideal start when Scott Shepherd met a cross at the back post in the opening 60 seconds – he nudged the ball towards goal from six-yards but thankfully the ball came back off the post.

For Dumbarton, Finlay Gray was putting in the energetic performances that fans have come to expect from the youngster and he battled hard to get through the Fifers defence and pull a low cross back across goal but there were no takers for his delivery.

James Hilton then came close on a couple of occassions when a smart turn created space 20 yards from goal but he dragged his shot wide before his free-kick dipped over the East Fife wall, but Allan Fleming was across his line sharply to get a strong hand to his effort.

The visitors were threatening down the wings and got into another promising position just before the half-hour with a low ball across goal coming back off Jonathan Page and bouncing just wide.

That was about it for the first-half with the Fifers starting the second-half well, though without seriously testing Brett Long in the Dumbarton goal.

A number of low crosses flashed across goal but there was nobody to get on the end of the deliveries.

With the game not quite going his side way but all three points still up for grabs, Farrell then made the bold decision to make four substitutions at one time mid-way through the half with Michael Ruth, Ryan Wallace, Kalvin Orsi and Ryan Blair all introduced.

Two of those changes combined almost immediately when Ruth held the ball up well on the left-hand side and played the ball back for Wallace on the edge of the box, but his shot was straight forward for Fleming to hold on to.

With 15 minutes to go, Orsi done well down the right with his ball finding Greig Young at the back post. He drilled the ball across goal and whilst a Sons shirt got on the end of his ball into the box, it was deflected over.

Tony Wallace then took the place of Young in another attacking change from the Sons boss as he changed to a 4-2-3-1 formation with that move paying off in the dying moments.

Orsi had a couple of promising runs down the right and had set up R Wallace for a header that was glanced wide before winning a corner a minute later.

It was taken by Ryan Wallace and met by Sean Crighton with his header finding the net despite the best efforts of Fleming.

That was enough to seperate the sides as Sons fall to second in cinch League Two despite the win after Bonnyrigg Rose moved top on goal difference with their 5-1 win over Elgin City.

The SPFL Trust Trophy takes centre stage next weekend with Dumbarton hosting League One side Kelty Hearts in what is set to be the first ever meeting between the clubs.

Match report written by dumbartonfc.com

Squad Statistics (as at September 2nd, 2023)

2023/24 All Time
Brett Long (GK)26 7 - 48 -
Sean Crighton33 102102
Mark Durnan30 10 - 10 -
Aron Lynas27 9 - 542
Blair Malcolm26 4 - 4 -
Matthew Shiels22 5 - 14 -
Greig Young20 9 - 9 -
Finlay Gray21 71507
James Hilton25 9191
Ross MacLean26 1037617
David Wilson28 101766
Tony Wallace (sub)32 103456
Ryan Blair (sub)27 101532
Kalvin Orsi (sub)26 4 - 872
Michael Ruth (sub)21 6 - 6 -
Ryan Wallace (sub)33 71395

League Table (as at September 2nd, 2023)