Dumbarton 2
Bonnyrigg Rose 0
League (League 2)

2 - 0
Bonnyrigg Rose 

League (League 2)
Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 599
3:00 PM Kick-off

Tony Wallace (pen.) (25)
Blair Malcolm (83)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Robbie Horn

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
5. Mark Durnan
28. Gallagher Lennon
2. Aron Lynas
21. Cian Newbury
14. Tony Wallace
6. Ryan Blair
18. Finlay Gray
17. James Hilton
20. Callum Wilson
23. Michael Ruth
Paddy Martin
Aaron Dunsmore
Josh Grigor
Neil Martyniuk
Reis Peggie
Angus Mailer
Callum Connolly
Jonny Stewart
Conor Doan
Smart Osadolor
Lee Currie

21. Patrick O'Neil
4. Blair Malcolm
10. Aaron Healy
12. Carlo Pignatiello
15. Luca Vata
9. James Graham
27. Marc Kelly
Declan Byrne
Robbie McGale
Jason Jarvis
Michael Andrews
Sam Gormley
Ross Gray
Bradley Barrett
Dean Watson

Carlo Pignatiello for Callum Wilson (61)
Blair Malcolm for James Hilton (82)
James Graham for Michael Ruth (88)
Robbie McGale for Aaron Dunsmore (49)
Declan Byrne for Lee Currie (59)
Jason Jarvis for Jonny Stewart (59)
Bradley Barrett for Smart Osadolor (75)
Dean Watson for Conor Doan (75)

None. Neil Martyniuk (51)
Bradley Barrett (87)
Robbie McGale (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jordan Curran (Referee)
Gordon Crawford & Steven Wilson (Assistants)

Match Report

Stevie Farrell joked he had no idea what Blair Malcolm was doing in the penalty area, after his first Dumbarton goal secured a 2-0 victory for the Sons against struggling Bonnyrigg.

Tony Wallace’s penalty and Malcolm’s late tap-in secured a thoroughly deserved three points in a howling wind on The Rock’s now infamous rutted surface. A result that sees Dumbarton move level on points with Peterhead in the League Two standings.

And boss Farrell saluted his players for a professional showing.

He said: “The conditions were horrendous and both sides deserve credit for actually putting any sort of game on. The pitch is what it is, but the wind just adds to the challenge.

“I felt we deserved to win the game. But we didn’t play with enough intensity in the first-half.

“In the second-half we looked the team more likely to score.

“We work the movement for the second goal in training constantly.

“It’s a great ruin from Finlay and he manages to pick out a great run from Malky - although I’ve no idea what he’s doing there!

“I was really pleased with the performance; and it’s a good three points.”

Farrell welcomed the fit-again duo of Carlo Pignatiello back to his bench, but unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that had defeated Spartans 6-2 a week previous.

With a howling gale at their backs, it was little surprise that the Sons started on top - albeit with the strength of the wind proving as much of a hindrance to the hosts as it was to their opponents.

Despite enjoying almost all the possession, Sons had just a wild Jinky Hilton effort to show for their efforts as move-after-move broke down when the wind got ahold of the ball.

The game began to heat up on 22 minutes as a high boot left Sons defender Aron Lynas bleeding badly from his head.

Bizarrely referee Jordan Curran didn’t see any issue with the head high challenge, much to the fury of the Sons players and those in the home end.

That looked to get the crowd, and home players going however and - despite their numerical disadvantage - Sons would take the lead as Lynas received treatment on the sidelines.

Tony Wallace was downed on the left wing, with Jinky Hilton’s free-kick inexplicably slapped away by Rose defender Josh Grigor, leaving Curran with no option but to point to the spot.

Wallace stepped up to calmly dispatch his 13th of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could’ve been 2-0 almost immediately as the lively Hilton picked up possession on the edge of the area and weaved beyond a collection of challenges before arrowing goalwards, but Paddy Martin in the Rose goal saved superbly.

Gallagher Lennon then had a header from Hilton’s corner cleared off the line as Sons continued to push.

There was still time for one scare at the opposite end however, with Lee Currie’s free-kick only half-cleared - and Neil Martyniuk slicing over from a great position in the area.

With the wind at their backs, Sons could’ve feared an onslaught from the visitors in the second-half - but they struggled to adapt their direct style to the gale force gusts.

Superb play from Michael Ruth created a space for Aron Lynas, but he fizzed narrowly wide from 25 yards.

Finlay Gray then twice got in behind the Rose defence.

First the midfielder’s turned on the afterburners to surge towards goal, but could only shoot straight at Paddy Martin, before another trademark run from deep saw Martin again gather - this time holding the Cardross youngster’s low cross.

But Rose failed to heed the warnings, as Sons made sure of the points six minutes from time.

Again Gray nicked possession and burst from the half-way line, surging away from a challenge before drilling the ball across goal for substitute Blair Malcolm to force over the line, ensuring another three points - and a second straight home clean sheet.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at March 23rd, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 13 - 13 -
Mark Durnan31 19 - 19 -
Gallagher Lennon18 111111
Aron Lynas27 272724
Cian Newbury18 13 - 13 -
Tony Wallace33 39137416
Ryan Blair28 313744
Finlay Gray21 3457711
James Hilton26 335335
Callum Wilson24 2 - 6 -
Michael Ruth22 35123512
Blair Malcolm (sub)27 291291
Carlo Pignatiello (sub)24 352764
James Graham (sub)19 5151

League Table (as at March 23rd, 2024)