Stranraer 0
Dumbarton 0
League (League 2)


Stranraer 

0 - 0

Dumbarton


League (League 2)
Saturday, April 20th, 2024
Stair Park. Att. 405
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Scott Agnew Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Lewis Budinauckas
Cammy Williamson
Craig Ross
Sean McIntosh
Chris McQueen
Grant Gallagher
Dean Hawkshaw
Murray Miller
Matty Grant
Ben Armour
Deryn Lang
Jay Hogarth .19
Sean Crighton .26
Aron Lynas .2
Tony Wallace .14
Mark Durnan .5
Cian Newbury .21
Gallagher Lennon .28
James Hilton .17
Kalvin Orsi .7
Carlo Pignatiello .12
Michael Ruth .23

Bench
Aiden Gilmartin
Andrew Downie
Ryan Edgar
Tam Orr
Finn Ecrepont
James Dolan
Kyle Fleming
Patrick O'Neil .21
Aaron Healy .10
Luca Vata .15
Finlay Gray .18
Ryan Blair .6
Callum Wilson .20
James Graham .9
Marc Kelly .27

Substitutions
Tam Orr for Ben Armour (56)
James Dolan for Deryn Lang (68)
Aiden Gilmartin for Matty Grant (78)
Kyle Fleming for Murray Miller (78)
Finn Ecrepont for Cammy Williamson (78)
Marc Kelly for Michael Ruth (64)
James Graham for Tony Wallace (64)
Ryan Blair for James Hilton (74)
Callum Wilson for Cian Newbury (74)
Aaron Healy for Kalvin Orsi (78)

Cautions
None. Carlo Pignatiello (82)
Aaron Healy (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven Kirkland (Referee)
Graham McNeillie & Chris Gentles (Assistants)





Match Report


Dumbarton recorded a fifth clean sheet on the bounce, as they played out a stalemate with relegation threatened Stranraer.

Already secured of their playoff position, Sons came up against a Blues side fighting for their lives - and with memories of a 5-0 victory against Stair Park just two months ago fresh in their memories.

But there would be no repeat, as Sons’ new-found defensive solidity saw Stevie Farrell’s men stretch their unbeaten run to six matches.

And the boss was pleased with his side’s showing, on an afternoon where he rotated his squad heavily with options from the bench.

Faz said: “We’re between a rock and a hard place. We’ve got the playoff place secure, but you want to keep the momentum going. Which we’ve managed to do in terms of keeping the unbeaten run going.

“But we’re also keen to get everyone as much game time as we can so everyone is fresh heading into the playoffs.

“We’re juggling all these things just now.

“We’re trying to structure the games. Normally you relate your subs to the game. But today we knew who we were bringing on and when. And we’ll do that again next week.

“We don’t want to make wholesale changes. But we want to make sure everyone gets appropriate gametime.

“That’s five straight clean sheets for us. And it’s a good point against a team fighting for their lives.”

Sons made two changes from the side which had defeated Clyde a week previous, as Finlay Gray and Blair Malcolm dropped out - with Michael Ruth and Kalvin Orsi returning to the starting lineup.

It was the home side who created the first chance of note, as Deryn Lang - who became an internet sensation the last time the teams met - swivelled on the edge of the box and arrowed an effort goalwards that was superbly saved by Jay Hogarth in the Sons goal.

Sons hit back, with Tony Wallace heading wide from Carlo Pignatiello’s deep cross - before Murray Miller’s pass sent Stranraer’s Matty Grant in on goal, but Jay Hogarth was out sharply, forcing the winger to blast high and wide of the target.

As the game hit the half hour mark, two good chances came and went for Dumbarton.

First, top scorer Wallace was off target with another header at the back post - before Stranraer keeper Lewis Budinauckas got down sharply to deny ex-Blue Carlo Pignatiello at close range.

Scott Agnew’s hosts then hit back, twice going close just before half-time.

Patient build up from the home side eventually saw Matty Grant’s effort deflected into the path of former Son Ben Armour, who poked beyond Hogarth but couldn’t reach the ball quickly enough to steer it into the net.

Full-back Sean McIntosh then found himself in space on the edge of the area, but curled wide - as the first-half ended goalless.

Stranraer started the second period as they had ended the first, creating another inviting chance.

This time Dean Hawkshaw’s deep cross found Armour - who has scored more goals against Dumbarton than any other club in his career - but, for once, the former Son was off target as he headed over from point-blank range.

That was to be the only early scare of the half for Sons, who settled into a rhythm - and started to create openings of their own.

Only a superb Lewis Budinauckas save denied Michael Ruth as he looked destined to give Sons the lead with a close range header, before the Rangers loanee performed more heroics to deny Kalvin Orsi.

The winger waltzed beyond four challenges and unleashed what looked like a goal of the season effort - only to be left cursing the Blues keeper.

Despite looking more likely to find a breakthrough, Sons were then grateful to the woodwork for keeping the scores level.

Cammy Williamson’s deep ball was chested down by former Dumbarton man Grant Gallagher, who beat Hogarth - but not the upright, before the ball rolled along the line and was hacked to safety.

There would be one more chance for the hosts too as the game ticked into the final minute.

Having watched fellow Rangers loanee Budinauckas in the Stranraer goal perform heroics, Sons’ Jay Hogarth managed to have the final say.

A bustling run from Tam Orr saw him burst in one-on-one with the 20-year-old, but he stayed tall to make a massive save - securing a point, and a fifth consecutive clean sheet, the most Sons have managed in a row since lifting the Third Division title 15 years ago.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke



Squad Statistics (as at April 20th, 2024)


2023/24 All Time
Age
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 17 - 17 -
Cian Newbury18 17 - 17 -
Mark Durnan31 23 - 23 -
Tony Wallace33 43147817
Aron Lynas28 312764
Sean Crighton34 402402
Gallagher Lennon18 151151
Carlo Pignatiello24 393805
Kalvin Orsi27 3211153
James Hilton26 376376
Michael Ruth22 38123812
Ryan Blair (sub)28 333764
Aaron Healy (sub)21 9 - 9 -
Callum Wilson (sub)24 4 - 8 -
Marc Kelly (sub)26 9191
James Graham (sub)19 7171






League Table (as at April 20th, 2024)



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