Dumbarton 0
Spartans 0
League (League 2)

0 - 0

League (League 2)
Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 389
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Dougie Samuel

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
26. Sean Crighton
28. Gallagher Lennon
4. Blair Malcolm
21. Cian Newbury
14. Tony Wallace
17. James Hilton
12. Carlo Pignatiello
8. David Wilson
27. Marc Kelly
23. Michael Ruth
Mason McCready
Paul Watson
Kevin Waugh
Ayrton Sonkur
Kieran Watson
Rhys Armstrong
Sam Newman
Jamie Dishington
Sam Jones
Cammy Russell
Blair Henderson

21. Patrick O'Neil
2. Aron Lynas
6. Ryan Blair
18. Finlay Gray
10. Aaron Healy
7. Kalvin Orsi
15. Luca Vata
9. Ryan Wallace
Adam Meek
James Craigen
Sean Brown
Robbie Thompson
Callum Booth
Josh Laing
Bradley Whyte
Danny Denholm

Aaron Healy for Marc Kelly (71)
Kalvin Orsi for Tony Wallace (71)
Ryan Wallace for James Hilton (82)
Finlay Gray for David Wilson (87)
Robbie Thompson for Sam Jones (63)
Callum Booth for Kevin Waugh (80)
Josh Laing for Rhys Armstrong (90)

Carlo Pignatiello (69)
Michael Ruth (72)
David Wilson (85)
Cian Newbury (90)
Rhys Armstrong (56)
Kieran Watson (59)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Whyte (Referee)
Steven Wilson & Jamie Andrews (Assistants)

Match Report

Dumbarton were left cursing their luck in front of goal, as Stevie Farrell’s Sons twice hit the woodwork as they were held by Spartans.

The stalemate at The Rock on Tuesday evening means it’s just two wins in 10 for the faltering Sons, who missed the opportunity to leapfrog their opponents.

But frustrated boss Farrell insisted he sees reason to believe that his side’s form will turn.

He said: “We’ve done everything apart from score. Absolutely everything.

“For the last three games we’ve deserved more than we’ve got. We’re miles in front on the stats.

“The amount of time we spend in the opposition box is frightening. We just aren’t scoring goals.

“We’ve had three cleared off the line, hit both posts and their keeper has made a magnificent save.

“We’re denied a stonewall penalty for a push on Michael Ruth.

“I can’t ask much more apart from putting the ball in the back of the net. It’s going to take the ugliest goal you’ve ever seen to win us a game.”

Top scorer Tony Wallace earned a recall in place of Aaron Healy in the only change to the side which had drawn 2-2 with Forfar Athletic four days previous.

And right from the start Sons looked like a side with a point to prove - as they found the net inside the opening 60 seconds.

Wallace dug out a cross from the right which was deflected in by Michael Ruth - only for the flag of the assistant to cut the celebrations short.

Another neat move down the wing then saw Marc Kelly hit the post, with Spartans keeper Mason McCready superbly pushing away David Wilson’s curling rebound.

Wallace then went close again, with Spartans taking until the 25th minute to create their first chance of note.

A Cammy Russell long throw was only half cleared and fell to Sam Newman on the edge of the box, with his deflected drive superbly saved by Jay Hogarth.

That was as close as the visitors would come all evening however, as Sons again threatened.

Sean Crighton looked to have been fouled as he attempted to meet Jinky Hilton’s corner, with the ball breaking back out to the former Stranraer man - but he could only find the side-netting.

The second-half followed a similar pattern.

A strong McCready save turned away Tony Wallace’s powerful drive from inside the area, with the rebound deflected onto the post with the away keeper helpless.

The introduction of Kalvin Orsi after 70 minutes then almost had an immediate impact as he scampered down the right and crossed for Michael Ruth, who appeared to be shoved in the back - with referee Colin Whyte waving away loud penalty appeals from those in white.

Fellow sub Aaron Healy then drove straight at McCready from the edge of the box after a neat run - before the game ended with a heart in mouth moment.

David Wilson was booked for stopping a Spartans counter-attack, with referee Whyte showing the midfielder a yellow and then red card.

As those in the ground watched on in disbelief, the official then realised that the former Stirling Albion midfielder hadn’t been booked - quickly rescinding the red.

That would be the final moment of a note in a game Sons will view as two points dropped in their quest to secure a playoff position.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at February 13th, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 6 - 6 -
Sean Crighton33 322322
Gallagher Lennon18 4 - 4 -
Blair Malcolm27 24 - 24 -
Cian Newbury18 6 - 6 -
Tony Wallace32 32116714
James Hilton26 284284
Carlo Pignatiello24 292704
David Wilson29 281946
Marc Kelly25 5151
Michael Ruth22 289289
Aaron Healy (sub)21 3 - 3 -
Kalvin Orsi (sub)26 2511083
Finlay Gray (sub)21 2747010
Ryan Wallace (sub)33 2665810

League Table (as at February 13th, 2024)