Dumbarton 2
Elgin City 2
League (League 2)

2 - 2
Elgin City 

League (League 2)
Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 526
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Ruth (36)
James Graham (89)
Russell Dingwall (20)
Ross Draper (27)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Allan Hale

Starting Eleven
19. Jay Hogarth
26. Sean Crighton
5. Mark Durnan
28. Gallagher Lennon
4. Blair Malcolm
21. Cian Newbury
18. Finlay Gray
7. Kalvin Orsi
12. Carlo Pignatiello
27. Marc Kelly
23. Michael Ruth
Tom McHale
Ross Draper
Lyall Booth
Owen Cairns
Connal Ewan
Russell Dingwall
Brian Cameron
Mark Gallagher
Michael Dangana
Dajon Golding
Ryan McLeman

21. Patrick O'Neil
2. Aron Lynas
14. Tony Wallace
6. Ryan Blair
10. Aaron Healy
17. James Hilton
20. Callum Wilson
8. David Wilson
9. James Graham
Rory MacEwan
Rob Jones
Daniel Fraser
Matt Jamieson
Mitchell Taylor
Cole Taylor

Ryan Blair for Sean Crighton (62)
James Graham for Michael Ruth (62)
David Wilson for Blair Malcolm (72)
Callum Wilson for Kalvin Orsi (72)
Aaron Healy for Marc Kelly (72)
Rob Jones for Dajon Golding (66)
Mitchell Taylor for Ryan McLeman (66)
Matt Jamieson for Lyall Booth (76)
Rory MacEwan for Russell Dingwall (76)
Daniel Fraser for Mark Gallagher (86)

Marc Kelly (54)
David Wilson (90)
Ross Draper (64)
Mark Gallagher (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Whyte (Referee)
Alastair Taylor & David Ingram (Assistants)

Match Report

James Graham’s last minute leveller stretched Dumbarton’s unbeaten run to seven games against Elgin City.

Two goals in seven first-half minutes from City’s Russell Dingwall and Ross Draper had the visitors 2-0 up inside half-an-hour at The Rock, with Michael Ruth’s 13th of the season halving the deficit before half-time.

However just as it looked like Sons would taste defeat for the first time since early March, Rangers loanee Graham tucked home a leveller - with boss Stevie Farrell pleased with the character his side showed.

The boss, who used the game to rotate his squad ahead of the playoffs beginning a week today (Tuesday) said: “I was happy with the way we played and a draw was the least we deserved. We totally dominated the second-half.

“I’m disappointed with the two goals we’ve lost. But our reaction was really good.

“I can’t remember many games where we’ve came from 2-0 down and it’s a trait we might need ahead of the next few weeks.

“I felt like the second goal was always coming in the second-half. It keeps our positive run going and it shows the character that we have.”

With their playoff spot secure, Farrell took the opportunity to rotate his squad - with top scorer Tony Wallace earning a break, and he was joined on the bench by Jinky Hilton and Aron Lynas.

Blair Malcolm and Finlay Gray earned recalls, whilst Marc Kelly made his first start since February.

The switches, which saw Carlo Pignatiello move to right-back, almost had an immediate impact as Sons passed up a golden chance to take the lead after just four minutes.

Pignatiello’s first-time cross was inch-perfect for the onrushing Michael Ruth, but he bulleted his header inches wide of the target with City keeper Thomas McHale rooted to the spot.

Marc Kelly was next to threaten, as Kalvin Orsi skipped to the byline and delivered a cross for the former East Kilbride man, but his header dropped wide of target.

And two minutes later it would be the visitors who had the lead.

Owen Cairns’ delivery from the right broke to Russell Dingwall, who arrowed high beyond Jay Hogarth - ending Sons’ run of clean sheets at five consecutive games.

A slick move from the visitors then saw Lyall Booth played in, but Hogarth saved from a tight angle.

The travelling fans wouldn’t have long to wait for a second however, as Ryan MacLeman’s corner was met by the totally unchallenged head of Ross Draper, who looped into the net.

Only the bar then denied MacLeman a thunderous third, before Sons finally clicked into life.

Terrific play from cousins Kalvin Orsi and Carlo Pignatiello eventually saw Orsi clip a cross to the back post that Michael Ruth squeezed beyond McHale and into the net.

Ruth, and Sons, should’ve been level just two minutes later.

Gallagher Lennon’s cross was headed goalwards by the forward and juggled by McHale, but the English keeper bravely did enough to deflect Ruth’s rebound wide for a corner.

The second-half started with Kelly glancing another header from a Pignaitello cross wide, before a raft of substitutions saw any flow drop out of the game.

With 15 minutes remaining Pignatiello failed to turn a Ryan Blair cross towards goal, before Jay Hogarth stood tall to deny Mark Gallagher after a slip at the back allowed the Cove Rangers loanee in on goal.

Dead ball specialist Blair tested from a free-kick by McHale, before a last ditch block denied fellow sub David Wilson after he was sent in on goal.

Referee Colin Whyte then came to Sons’ aid, as he blew for a soft looking free-kick for a foul on Gallagher Lennon, as Elgin looked set to add a third.

And, after chancing their luck at one end, Sons then got the leveller their play had deserved.

Ryan Blair’s miss-hit shot landed at the feet of James Graham, who tucked beyond McHale for his second goal in a Dumbarton shirt.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 2024)

2023/24 All Time
Jay Hogarth (GK)20 18 - 18 -
Sean Crighton34 412412
Mark Durnan31 24 - 24 -
Gallagher Lennon18 161161
Blair Malcolm27 321321
Cian Newbury18 18 - 18 -
Finlay Gray21 3858111
Kalvin Orsi27 3311163
Carlo Pignatiello24 403815
Marc Kelly26 101101
Michael Ruth22 39133913
Ryan Blair (sub)28 343774
David Wilson (sub)29 331996
Callum Wilson (sub)24 5 - 9 -
Aaron Healy (sub)21 10 - 10 -
James Graham (sub)19 8282

League Table (as at April 27th, 2024)