Dumbarton 2
Stranraer 1
League (League 2)

2 - 1

League (League 2)
Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 458
2:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Ruth (8)
Tony Wallace (23)
Craig Ross (5)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Scott Agnew

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
26. Sean Crighton
28. Gallagher Lennon
21. Cian Newbury
14. Tony Wallace
6. Ryan Blair
18. Finlay Gray
7. Kalvin Orsi
12. Carlo Pignatiello
8. David Wilson
23. Michael Ruth
Lewis Budinauckas
Christopher McQueen
Kyle Girvan
Finn Ecrepont
Craig Ross
Kyle Fleming
Dylan Forrest
James Dolan
Matty Grant
Tam Orr
Deryn Lang

21. Patrick O'Neil
2. Aron Lynas
4. Blair Malcolm
10. Aaron Healy
17. James Hilton
15. Luca Vata
27. Marc Kelly
Andrew Downie
Ben Armour
Cammy Williamson
Chris Johnston

Blair Malcolm for David Wilson (73)
Aron Lynas for Kalvin Orsi (83)
Chris Johnston for Tam Orr (45)
Bem Armour for Deryn Lang (73)

None. Matty Grant (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Sean Murdoch (Referee)
Craig Ferguson & Brent Falconer (Assistants)

Match Report

Tony Wallace celebrated his new deal with the winning goal, as Dumbarton won at The Rock for the first time since November.

In an earlier than usual 2pm kick-off, all three goals arrived in the first 25 minutes - with Wallace and Michael Ruth cancelling out Craig Ross’ fifth minute opener for Stranraer.

And boss Stevie Farrell said the mood in the camp is now high, as Sons ended a tricky run of form.

He said: “We deserved the three points. We’ve had numerous chances and my only disappointment with the first-half was that we were only a goal ahead.

“Stranraer started well, but once we equalised we had two or three great chances to extend it.

“We’ve got to do better when we get into the position we get into. The game is always in jeopardy at 2-1.

“Stranraer were always in the game. We had to make sure we saw that out, and we did.

“There’s a positivity about the squad with Mark Durnan coming back and Callum Wilson coming back.

“The dressing room is buoyant and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Farrell rang the changes after defeat to Clyde a week previous, with Blair Malcolm, Aaron Healy and Jinky Hilton dropping out.

Ryan Blair, Finlay Gray and top scorer Tony Wallace returned in their place; with a radical reshuffle seeing Cian Newbury move into midfield, Blair move to left-back and Gallagher Lennon start at centre-half.

The new look Sons were almost caught cold by Scott Agnew’s Blues inside the opening minute as Jay Hogarth reacted well to clutch Craig Ross’ close range free-header.

That was a warning Sons failed to heed however, as the same man opened the scoring with just five minutes played.

Finn Ecrepont’s inswinging corner was perfect for the big defender, who bulleted a header beyond Hogarth and into the net.

Sons’ response was almost immediate.

A clipped ball forward saw Finlay Gray break the visitor’s offside trap and tee up Michael Ruth, who hammered in his 10th of the season.

And just five minutes after falling behind, Dumbarton should’ve been ahead.

David Wilson’s drilled corner was perfect for the onrushing Sean Crighton, but the skipper’s bullet header was kept out by a mixture of Stranraer keeper Lewis Budinauckas and the woodwork.

The turnaround Sons had been threatening was then completed with 23 minutes played.

A terrific move down the right saw Carlo Pignatiello’s deep cross find Tony Wallace at the far post.

The veteran, who turned 33 a day previous, was the calmest man in the stadium, as he twisted and turned to open up space, before arrowing into the bottom corner via a slight deflection.

It should’ve been 3-1 soon after as Finlay Gray’s clever header from Kalvin Orsi’s cross landed on the roof of the net with Budinauckas stranded.

Michael Ruth then chased a lost cause but failed to trouble the Rangers loanee in goals for the away side with a team shot, before another Gray header just lacked conviction after a tempting Wallace delivery.

At the other end Derryn Lang’s cross just evaded Matty Grant, who looked destined to slam Stranraer level.

The second-half started with Sons again on top, Carlo Pignatiello twice had crosses hacked clear - before Wallace picked up a loose ball and cracked the post with a powerful drive from range.

Stranraer then started to show their threat.

A mixture of Jay Hogarth and Sean Crighton denied Deryn Lang after he had burst in on goal, whilst the young keeper saved well from Matty Grant.

At the other end Kalvin Orsi blazed over a golden opportunity for a third, before some heroics from Hogarth secured the win.

A deep cross found Ben Armour at the far post, with his header superbly kept out by the 20-year-old to secure a vital three points.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 8 - 8 -
Sean Crighton33 342342
Gallagher Lennon18 6 - 6 -
Cian Newbury18 8 - 8 -
Tony Wallace33 34126915
Ryan Blair28 261692
Finlay Gray21 2947210
Kalvin Orsi26 2711103
Carlo Pignatiello24 312724
David Wilson29 301966
Michael Ruth22 30103010
Blair Malcolm (sub)27 26 - 26 -
Aron Lynas (sub)27 231683

League Table (as at February 24th, 2024)