Peterhead 2
Dumbarton 1
League (League 2)


Peterhead 

2 - 1

Dumbarton


League (League 2)
Saturday, May 4th, 2024
Balmoor. Att. 811
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Kieran Shanks (7)
Jordon Brown (35)
David Wilson (48)

Team Managers
Ryan Strachan Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Stuart McKenzie
Danny Strachan
Jordan Armstrong
Scott Ross
David Wilson
Jordon Brown
Robert Ward
Joe McKee
Alfie Stewart
Rory McAllister
Kieran Shanks
Patrick O'Neil .21
Mark Durnan .5
Gallagher Lennon .28
Aron Lynas .2
Cian Newbury .21
Tony Wallace .14
Ryan Blair .6
James Hilton .17
Callum Wilson .20
David Wilson .8
Michael Ruth .23

Bench
Jason Brown
Jack Brown
Conor O'Keefe
Caleb Goldie
Sandy Wood
Ryan Strachan
Flynn Duffy
Peter Pawlett
Hamish Ritchie
Jay Hogarth .19
Sean Crighton .26
Blair Malcolm .4
Finlay Gray .18
Aaron Healy .10
Carlo Pignatiello .12
James Graham .9
Marc Kelly .27

Substitutions
Hamish Ritchie for Joe McKee (60)
Jack Brown for Alfie Stewart (60)
Peter Pawlett for Kieran Shanks (73)
Flynn Duffy for Robert Ward (84)
Blair Malcolm for Mark Durnan (45)
James Graham for Cian Newbury (45)
Sean Crighton for Michael Ruth (45)
Carlo Pignatiello for Callum Wilson (60)
Marc Kelly for Tony Wallace (62)

Cautions
Jordon Brown (68) Gallagher Lennon (29)
James Hilton (38)
David Wilson (57)

Red Cards
Jordon Brown (72) None.

Match Officials

Chris Fordyce (Referee)
Steven Traynor & Liam Duncan (Assistants)



Match Report


Dumbarton’s seven game unbeaten run ended against Peterhead, with two first-half goals enough for the Blue Toon to see off a heavily rotated Sons side.
The loss, coupled with Spartans’ victory against East Fife, sets up a playoff semi-final meeting with League One Stirling Albion.
And boss Stevie Farrell believes his side will have every chance of relegating the Binos - if they can replicate their second-half showing at Balmoor, and not a sluggish first 45.
He said: “The most important thing was working with the sports scientist to get the right amount of minutes in everyone’s legs.
“You are nervous starting players like Ruth, Newbury and Durnan who are big players for us. So I’m just glad that we got them off and the physio has reported that everyone is fine.
“It was a typical game of two halves. In the first-half we weren’t good enough and in the second we were excellent. We were probably unlucky not to get something out of the game. We hit the post, had one off the line and had a strong penalty shout turned down.
“I thought our reaction in the second-half was really good. In the first-half we were too flat.”
Farrell handed goalkeeper Paddy O’Neil his debut - three years after first signing for the club - in one of  seven changes to the side which had drawn with Elgin City a week previous.
Aron Lynas, Ryan Blair, Callum Wilson, David Wilson, Tony Wallace and Jinky Hilton all returned to the side, with Jay Hogarth, Carlo Pignatiello, Sean Crighton, Kalvin Orsi, Finlay Gray, Blair Malcolm and Marc Kelly dropping out.
The rotation looked to have disrupted Sons’ momentum, as they were very much second best in the first-half.
Within just seven minutes the visitors fell behind, as slack defending eventually saw Robert Ward cross for Kieran Shanks, who found the net with a header.
Sons attempted to hit back, but Callum Wilson’s cross after a decent passage of play was easily collected by Blue Toon keeper Stuart McKenzie.
Jinky Hilton then lashed a free-kick off target, before Sons’ keeper O’Neil parried a Ward shot - with Alfie Stewart firing the rebound harmlessly over the bar.
Rory McAllister was next to go close, with Jordon Brown’s cross nodded down by ex-Sons trialist David Wilson for the veteran - but he blazed off target.
10 minutes before half-time however the Blue Toon added the second goal that they had been threatening.
Alfie Stewart’s corner was only headed as far as ex-Son Joe McKee - and his volley from the edge of the box was deflected into the net via Peterhead co-manager Jordon Brown.
Sons attempted to hit back, but Michael Ruth’s effort from range was well held by McKenzie in the home - whilst at the other end McAllister met Jordan Armstrong’s cross, but was denied by the flag of the assistant.
A triple change at the break from boss Farrell saw skipper Mark Durnan, Cian Newbury and Michael Ruth rested - and their places taken by Sean Crighton, James Graham and Blair Malcolm.
And the changes had an instant impact as Sons almost immediately found a way back into the game.
Despite strong claims for handball, David Wilson - on his first start since early March - did enough to hammer past McKenzie  for a first Sons goal since August.
Both sides made another raft of changes as the game hit the hour mark, before the home side were dealt a playoff blow - as co-boss (and goalscorer) Brown picked up two yellow cards in just four minutes for clumsy challenges.
That looked to give Sons a further boost in their quest for a leveller that would secure third place.
Just two minutes after Brown’s red card, the lively Hilton cracked the post with a left footed effort from the corner of the box - but that would be as close as they came, as the Blue Toon held on to secure second spot, and booked a playoff meeting with League Two rivals Spartans. Sparing both clubs three meetings  in just seven days.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke



Squad Statistics (as at May 4th, 2024)


2023/24 All Time
Age
Patrick O'Neil (GK)32 1 - 1 -
Mark Durnan31 25 - 25 -
Gallagher Lennon18 171171
Aron Lynas28 322774
Cian Newbury18 19 - 19 -
Tony Wallace33 44147917
Ryan Blair28 353784
James Hilton26 386386
Callum Wilson24 6 - 10 -
David Wilson29 3421007
Michael Ruth22 40134013
Blair Malcolm (sub)27 331331
Sean Crighton (sub)34 422422
Carlo Pignatiello (sub)24 413825
James Graham (sub)19 9292
Marc Kelly (sub)26 111111






League Table (as at May 4th, 2024)