Dumbarton 1
Peterhead 0
League (League 2)

1 - 0

League (League 2)
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 416
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Ruth (73)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Ryan Strachan

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
26. Sean Crighton
28. Gallagher Lennon
2. Aron Lynas
21. Cian Newbury
14. Tony Wallace
6. Ryan Blair
18. Finlay Gray
12. Carlo Pignatiello
8. David Wilson
23. Michael Ruth
Stuart McKenzie
Flynn Duffy
Danny Strachan
Caleb Goldie
David wilson
Peter Pawlett
Jordon Brown
Andy McCarthy
Joe McKee
Rory Mcallister
Kieran Shanks

21. Patrick O'Neil
4. Blair Malcolm
10. Aaron Healy
17. James Hilton
15. Luca Vata
20. Callum Wilson
9. James Graham
27. Marc Kelly
Robert Ward
Hamish Ritchie
Conor O'Keefe
Sandy wood
Ryan Strachan
Kieran Gibbons
Alfie Stewart
Jordan Armstrong

Aaron Healy for David Wilson (70)
James Graham for Michael Ruth (85)
Hamish Ritchie for Rory McAllister (25)
Alfie Stewart for Peter Pawlett (53)
Robert Ward for Jordon Brown (68)
Jordan Armstrong for David Wilson (68)

Sean Crighton (32)
Carlo Pignatiello (90)
Caleb Goldie (45)
Danny Strachan 959)
Kieran Shanks (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Duncan Nicolson (Referee)
Colin Drummond & Yaser Razouk (Assistants)

Match Report

Michael Ruth’s second-half stunner was enough for Dumbarton for a first victory against Peterhead of the season.

The former Aberdeen youngster arrowed in a superb effort from the edge of the box to secure a priceless three points for the Sons, who could move up to second in the League Two table if they can beat Stranraer tonight (Tuesday).

And boss Stevie Farrell said he was always confident the goal was coming, after a dominant showing from the home side.

Faz said: “I thought we were calm today. The crowd was calm and that helped the players, there was a real calmness throughout the stadium.

“We deserved the three points. We were on top for most of the game.

“Sometimes you can think that it’s not going to be your day when there’s chance after chance coming and going. But I didn’t think that, and I don’t think our fans did either.

“The goal we scored was probably the hardest chance of them all. But I was delighted to get another important three points.”

Boss Farrell was forced into one change from the side which had defeated Stranraer a week previous, as Aron Lynas returned to the team in place of the injured Kalvin Orsi.

Summer signing Callum Wilson meanwhile was added to the bench for the first time, after an injury ravaged campaign.

On a pitch that was showing all the battle scars of a hectic period of fixtures, both teams struggled to play any football - albeit it was Sons who looked the more dangerous early on.

Finlay Gray twice went close, first with a header that floated over Stuart McKenzie’s bar, before he tested the veteran Peterhead stopper with an effort from the edge of the area that was comfortably held.

A string of corners then came to nothing for the home side, with the only half chance seeing Tony Wallace drag into the side-netting from a tight angle.

After David Wilson’s long range drive had been blocked for another Sons corner, the visitors were dealt an injury blow.

Talismanic forward Rory McAllister had scored twice the last time the sides met, but he was forced off with Hamish Ritchie taking the place of the 36-year-old.

Ritchie almost had an immediate impact too as he drove forward before bending an effort wide of Jay Hogarth’s far post with the keeper at full stretch,

That was as good as it got in the first-half for the Balmoor side however, with Sons finishing the half strongly.

Ryan Blair had a powerful drive deflected wide, whilst David Wilson’s free-kick narrowly missed the target with McKenzie scrambling.

Sons almost got their second-half off to the perfect start as Michael Ruth robbed Caleb Goldie of possession and burst in goal, but his finish was high and wide from a narrow angle.

Wilson then had a free-kick from the edge of the area touched round the post, before Ruth glanced wide.

Ruth again came close as a slick counter attack saw Ryan Blair’s cross touched toward the target, but it didn’t have enough to beat McKenzie.

It felt like a goal was coming  however, and it was little surprise that it was Ruth who delivered it with 17 minutes remaining.

The forward, who has been a revelation for the Sons this season, drove from midfield, before shifting the ball onto his left foot and arrowing a superb drive into the top corner of McKenzie’s net.

Sons - and Ruth - could’ve had a second soon after, but his header from Ryan Blair’s cross dropped just wide of target.

Direct running from new signing James Graham almost set up a chance for Tony Wallace, and Finlay Gray to add a second - but neither could get a shot away.

And that almost proved costly as the Blue Toon sent everything forward deep into injury time.

A cross eventually dropped to Danny Strachan, 12 yards out, with the goal at his mercy. But he blazed into the car park - as Sons held firm for a well deserved three points.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at March 2nd, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 9 - 9 -
Sean Crighton33 352352
Gallagher Lennon18 7 - 7 -
Aron Lynas27 241693
Cian Newbury18 9 - 9 -
Tony Wallace33 35127015
Ryan Blair28 271702
Finlay Gray21 3047310
Carlo Pignatiello24 322734
David Wilson29 311976
Michael Ruth22 31113111
Aaron Healy (sub)21 5 - 5 -
James Graham (sub)19 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at March 2nd, 2024)