Dumbarton 1
Clyde 0
League (League 2)

1 - 0

League (League 2)
Saturday, April 13th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 723
3:00 PM Kick-off

James Hilton (73)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
14. Tony Wallace
5. Mark Durnan
21. Cian Newbury
2. Aron Lynas
26. Sean Crighton
4. Blair Malcolm
28. Gallagher Lennon
18. Finlay Gray
12. Carlo Pignatiello
17. James Hilton
Brian Kinnear
Ross Lyon
Jaze Kabia
Craig Howie
Lee Hamilton
Barry Cuddihy
Logan Dunachie
Ray Grant
Martin Rennie
Cammy Ballantyne
Jordan Allan

15. Luca Vata
7. Kalvin Orsi
10. Aaron Healy
6. Ryan Blair
8. David Wilson
9. James Graham
23. Michael Ruth
27. Marc Kelly
Euan Cameron
Jay Kennedy
Chris McGinn
Erik Sula
Darren Hynes
Peter Grant
Connor Young
Robbie Leitch

Kalvin Orsi for Blair Malcolm (68)
Michael Ruth for James Hilton (86)
Euan Cameron for Martin Rennie (45)
Erik Sula for Jaze Kabia (45)
Connor Young for Barry Cuddihy (81)
Chris McGinn for Ross Lyon (81)

Cian Newbury (58)
Tony Wallace (59)
Cammy Ballantyne (36)
Craig Howie (45)
Brian Kinnear (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Hardie (Referee)
Gordon Crawford & Chris Hobbs (Assistants)

Match Report

Jinky Hilton’s stunning free-kick was enough for Dumbarton to secure their playoff spot.

The attacker’s wind-assisted 25 yard effort was all that separated the Sons and Clyde at a wind battered Rock, in a game ruined by the conditions.

But boss Stevie Farrell saluted his side for the victory - and a fourth straight clean sheet.

The gaffer said: “That performance shows the resilience that we have built over the last five or six weeks.

“It was a different type of game to others we’ve played on this run. We showed a different side to our game and real character.

“We managed the game really well in the first-half. Clyde hit the post but barely had a shot against us.

“I’m delighted with the result and with the clean sheet. We’re doing the right things at the right times.”

Farrell stuck with the same side that had defeated Forfar Athletic a week previous, but talisman Michael Ruth returned to the bench.

Sons won the toss, with skipper Mark Durnan electing to play into a fierce wind in the opening 45 minutes.

It took both sides time to adapt to the conditions; with every Sons clearance struggling to get near half-way and the visitors forcing a string of corners.

Jaze Kabia came close for the Bully Wee with a header, before a slick move saw Jinky Hilton’s strike ruled offside for Sons.

Terrific play from Cian Newbury, Finlay Gray and Tony Wallace then set Hilton free again, but this time he was denied by a sharp Brian Kinnear save.

Despite playing against a headwind, Sons then came close again.

Carlo Pignatiello’s hanging cross eventually dropped to Tony Wallace at the far post - but the former Clyde man saw his fierce strike blocked on the line and cleared to safety.

After Kabia again came close for Ian McCall’s side, the visitors set up camp in Dumbarton’s half as they searched for an elusive opening goal.

Ray Grant pounced on slack play and unleashed a dipping volley that Jay Hogarth could only watch hit the post before being cleared to safety.

Gallagher Lennon then scooped over his own crossbar from a Kabia corner, before towering defender Logan Dunnachie failed to turn Kabia’s cross towards goal.

The half-time whistle came as a relief to Sons - with Bully Wee boss McCall making a double change at the interval in an attempt to keep the scores level, with the lively Kabia and top scorer Martin Rennie replaced by defender Erik Sula and midfielder Euan Cameron.

Straight from kick-off meanwhile Sons made their intentions clear, as Jinky Hilton stung Kinnear’s palms from the half-way line as soon as the whistle was blown.

They were given a scare however early in the second 45 as Clyde’s Jordan Allan had a goal chalked off for a tight offside decision.

For the opening 25 minutes of the second-half Sons struggled to take advantage of the wind, but gradually they began to make their territorial dominance show.

Finlay Gray showed quick feet to drive beyond a collection of challenges and send Carlo Pignatiello in on goal, but he flashed just wide with Kinnear at full stretch.

Gray was then halted by a crude Cammy Ballantyne foul on the edge of the area, with Jinky Hilton immediately picking up the ball.

As soon as the whistle was blown he unleashed a blistering strike into the bottom corner from all of 25 yards to give Sons the lead.

Hilton could’ve had a second soon after as he flashed a speculative effort wide from range, before hitting the bar directly from a corner.

Only a superb touch from Kinnear then denied Gallagher Lennon directly from a corner, before Tony Wallace’s wind-assisted 45 yard volley bounced wide of goal with Kinnear scrambling.

Clyde piled bodies forward in injury time but, unlike in December, couldn’t draw level.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at April 13th, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 16 - 16 -
Blair Malcolm27 311311
Sean Crighton34 392392
Aron Lynas27 302754
Cian Newbury18 16 - 16 -
Mark Durnan31 22 - 22 -
Tony Wallace33 42147717
Gallagher Lennon18 141141
Carlo Pignatiello24 383795
Finlay Gray21 3758011
James Hilton26 366366
Kalvin Orsi (sub)26 3111143
Michael Ruth (sub)22 37123712

League Table (as at April 13th, 2024)

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