Dumbarton 2
Falkirk 3

2 - 3

Saturday, June 29th, 2024
Dumbarton Football Stadium
2:00 PM Kick-off

James Hilton (6)
James Hilton (9)
Calvin Miller (32)
Aidan Nesbitt (67)
Jordan Allan (70)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
John McGlynn

Starting Eleven
Brett Long
Mark Durnan
Aron Lynas
Michael Miller
Ryan Blair
Finlay Gray
James Hilton
Mouhamed Niang
Kalvin Orsi
Carlo Pignatiello
Michael Ruth
Nicky Hogarth
Finn Yeats
Tom Lang
Liam Henderson
Callumn Morrison
Brad Spencer
Gary Oliver
Ryan Shanley
Dylan Tait
Sean Mackie
Calvin Miller

Patrick O'Neil
Matthew Shiels
C Trialist
Greig Young
Craig McGuffie
A Trialist
B Trialist
David Wilson
Jamie Sneddon
Ross MacIver
Aidan Nesbitt
Alfredo Agyeman
Keelan Adams
Ethan Ross
Jordan Allan
Scott Honeyman
Rhys Walker

A Trialist for Michael Ruth
Patrick O'Neil for Brett Long (45)
Craig McGuffie for Carlo Pignatiello (59)
Matthew Shiels for James Hilton (59)
David Wilson for Mark Durnan (59)
C Trialist for Finlay Gray (66)
B Trialist for Kalvin Orsi (66)
Greig Young for Ryan Blair (84)
Alfredo Agyeman for Callumn Morrison (45)
Ethan Ross for Calvin Miller (45)
Jordan Allan for Ryn Shanley (45)
Aidan Nesbitt for Gary Oliver (45)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Jinky Hilton netted twice as Dumbarton’s pre-season began with defeat against League One champions Falkirk.
An action packed clash brought five goals - and a penalty save from the returning Brett Long - with plenty to be positive about for the Sons.
With boss Stevie Farrell away on holiday, assistant Frank McKeown said: “It was a really competitive workout. I don’t think we’ll play a better side this season if we’re honest, but I thought our boys were excellent. They really stuck to the task and showed some good stuff for the first 60 minutes or so.
“When we made the subs it became a wee bit disjointed. But it was a real workout and a game in which our boys showed a lot to be happy about.
“We’ve been working on moves like the second goal in all the sessions since we came back in. It was a great ball from Kalvin and a lovely finish from Jinky.
“These are the games where we need to try things; like Kalvin on the left side.”
Summer signings Sena Niang and Mikey Miller were handed debuts from the start; with fellow new additions Matty Shiels and Craig McGuffie on the bench. Cammy Clark missed out due to a holiday.
The tone for an entertaining game was set almost from the first whistle, with both sides showing plenty of attacking intent.
In the opening five minutes Ryan Blair mistimed a challenge on Bairns livewire Calumn Morrison, with the referee pointing straight to the spot.
Morrison - who netted 25 times as the Bairns romped to the League One title last season - stepped up, but his effort lacked conviction and was comfortably held by the returning Brett Long - making his first appearance since breaking his ankle in December.
Sons sent the ball straight up the park, with a slack moment from Bairns keeper Nicky Hogarth presenting the ball straight to Jinky Hilton 12 yards out - and the attacker kept his composure to roll the ball into the empty net.
The visitors hit back, and some superb goalkeeping from Long again denied Morrison an immediate leveller.
Just as with the opening goal however, the Bairns would then be punished straight away - as Sons took a two goal lead with a terrific goal.
Finlay Gray picked up possession and found Kalvin Orsi, who went on a driving run from the left before sending goalscorer Hilton clean through on goal with a superb pass - and he cutely lifted over the advancing Hogarth to add a second.
After all that excitement in just nine minutes, the away side settled into their stride - and started to enjoy the bulk of possession.
Neither keeper would be seriously tested until slack play for Sons let the visitors back into the game.
Mark Durnan’s clearance was intercepted and eventually found Calvin Miller on the edge of the box, and the winger got just enough on his effort to find the bottom corner - despite Long’s best efforts.
The same man then flashed across the face of goal before Ryan Shanley should’ve done better than put a free header from Morrison’s cross wide of target.
It was Sons who ended the half  the stronger however, as they came close to adding a third - and Hilton securing a perfect hat-trick.
Carlo Pignatiello’s cross was flicked goalwards by the former Stranraer man, with the full-stretch Hogarth doing enough to touch the ball wide - before Hilton lobbed the rebound onto the roof of the net.
The second-half started with the Bairns on top, and sub keeper Paddy O’Neil was immediately  in action to deny Alfie Agyeman.
Six changes for the Sons followed just after the hour mark - with the arrival of three trialists instantly  followed by a leveller for the visitors.
A ball dropped to Aidan Nesbitt on the edge of the box, and he cracked in a terrific effort via the bar.
And the turnaround was complete after 70 minutes as Jordan Allan picked up a cross and drilled low into the net.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at June 29th, 2024)

2024/25 All Time

League Table (as at June 29th, 2024)

No league table has been added for this season.