Dumbarton 0
Stenhousemuir 0
League (League 2)

0 - 0

League (League 2)
Saturday, March 30th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 668
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Gary Naysmith

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
26. Sean Crighton
5. Mark Durnan
28. Gallagher Lennon
2. Aron Lynas
21. Cian Newbury
14. Tony Wallace
18. Finlay Gray
17. James Hilton
20. Callum Wilson
23. Michael Ruth
Darren Jamieson
Nicky Jamieson
Gregor Buchanan
Kinlay Bilham
Ross Meechan
Euan O'Reilly
Adam Brown
Michael Anderson
Nat Wedderburn
Ross Taylor
Matty Yates

21. Patrick O'Neil
4. Blair Malcolm
10. Aaron Healy
7. Kalvin Orsi
12. Carlo Pignatiello
15. Luca Vata
9. James Graham
27. Marc Kelly
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Ben Stirling
Matthew Aitken
Edin Lynch
Kyle Jacobs
Curtis Lyle
James Berry
Bradley Rodden

Carlo Pignatiello for Callum Wilson (65)
Kalvin Orsi for James Hilton (76)
Edin Lynch for Nicky Jamieson (63)
Bradley Rodden for Ross Taylor (74)
Matthew Aitken for Matty Yates (81)
Kyle Jacobs for Euan O'Reilly (81)
James Berry for Nat Wedderburn (81)

Mark Durnan (36)
Gregor Buchanan (37)
Ross Taylor (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andy Gamble (Referee)
Colin McAlpine & Kevin Buchanan (Assistants)

Match Report

Stevie Farrell says his Sons are heading in the right direction, as they were held by Champions-elect Stenhousemuir.

If results had gone their way the Warriors could’ve been crowned champions, but it was the hosts who had the better of the chances - with boss Farrell full of praise for his side, as they continue to build form ahead of the playoffs.

The boss said: “We’ve looked at the stats and they back up what we thought. We had the better possession, better chances, more corners and were on the front foot,

“To be fair to Stenny they have defended really well and their keeper has made a great save from Tony Wallace’s corner.

“I’m a wee bit disappointed with the result, but overall I’m pleased with the performance.

“Any team that loses Mark Durnan and Brett Long will be impacted. And it’s no coincidence that Mark Durnan is back in the side and we are where we are defensively.

“We look solid, our structure looks good and we’re not giving up a lot of chances either. That bodes well for us as the season progresses.

“We’re taking it one game at a time. People get hung up with playoffs and calculations. We’re in a position where if we win games of football and pick up points then we’ll be in the playoffs.

“We’re quietly going in the right direction and playing very well in my opinion.”

Farrell was forced into one change from the side which had defeated Bonnyrigg Rose a week previous, as the fit-again Sean Crighton replaced Ryan Blair - missing due to illness.

But the change looked to have little impact on the Sons, who could’ve been ahead three times in the opening three minutes.

First Stenny keeper Darren Jamieson saved well from Michael Ruth after he had connected with Jinky Hilton’s corner.

Ruth then took advantage of a mistake in a nervy-looking Warriors’ backline, but Kinlay Bilham arrived to make a well timed interception before the forward could get a shot away.

From the resulting corner skipper Mark Durnan ghosted in, in front of Jamieson but couldn’t direct the ball into the net.

Impressive play then saw Finlay Gray cross for Jinky Hilton, but his header was deflected inches wide of target.

That looked to finally spark the Warriors into action, and Nicky Jamieson perhaps should’ve done better than power a header from Adam Brown’s free-kick over the bar.

A sharp break from the visitors then created a chance for Matty Yates, but his fierce effort was pushed to safety superbly by Sons’ keeper Jay Hogarth.

A trademark Finlay Gray run then saw him whistle a long-range effort wide, before the young midfielder found himself upended by a former teammate.

He picked up possession and raced in on goal, with a crude challenge from behind from Gregor Buchanan earning the former Sons skipper a booking - despite claims for a more severe punishment.

Michael Ruth’s resulting free-kick was deflected to safety.

The second-half brought more chances, but still no breakthrough.

Stenny’s Adam Brown lashed into the side netting from the edge of the area, before a long-range Jinky Hilton effort bounced just wide of Jamieson’s far post.

Golden chances then came and went at both ends.

First Matty Yates drove into the box for the visitors and rolled across goal for Ross Taylor - but somehow the winger kicked fresh air with the goal at his mercy and the chance was gone.

At the other end a thumping Hilton cross reached the onrushing Tony Wallace at the far post, but Stenny keeper Jamieson bravely denied the winger a 14th goal of the season.

A scramble in the box then saw Sons throw bodies on the line , but it would be the hosts who would end the game on top.

After a sustained spell of pressure Michael Ruth couldn’t find a way beyond a wall of maroon shirts after picking up possession in the area, as the visitors held on for a point.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at March 30th, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 14 - 14 -
Sean Crighton34 372372
Mark Durnan31 20 - 20 -
Gallagher Lennon18 121121
Aron Lynas27 282734
Cian Newbury18 14 - 14 -
Tony Wallace33 40137516
Finlay Gray21 3557811
James Hilton26 345345
Callum Wilson24 3 - 7 -
Michael Ruth22 36123612
Carlo Pignatiello (sub)24 362774
Kalvin Orsi (sub)26 2911123

League Table (as at March 30th, 2024)