Glenafton Athletic 0
Dumbarton 4

Glenafton Athletic 

0 - 4


Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024
Loch Park
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. A Trialist (22)
Carlo Pignatiello (29)
Carlo Pignatiello (36)
James Hilton (38)

Team Managers
Unknown. Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Patrick O'Neil
Cammy Clark
Michael Miller
Matthew Shiels
Finlay Gray
James Hilton
Craig McGuffie
Mouhamed Niang
Carlo Pignatiello
A Trialist
David Wilson

None. Brett Long
Mark Durnan
Aron Lynas
Greig Young
C Trialist
Ryan Blair
Kalvin Orsi
B Trialist
Panos Grivas

None. Panos Grivas for Michael Miller (57)
Ryan Blair for A Trialist (57)
Mark Durnan for Mouhamed Niang (57)
Aron Lynas for Carlo Pignatiello (57)
B Trialist for James Hilton (61)
C Trialist for Craig McGuffie (61)
Kalvin Orsi for David Wilson (61)
Greig Young for Cammy Clark (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Sons scored four times in the first-half to get their first victory of pre-season against West of Scotland League Glenafton.
Trialist Michael Mullen’s opener was added to by a Carlo Pignatiello brace and third goal of pre-season for Jinky Hilton, as Sons cruised to the win in East Ayrshire.
And assistant manager Frank McKeown, taking the side with boss Stevie Farrell on holiday, praised his players for the showing.
He said: “I think the boys did a really professional job. I asked them to take care of the game and not turn it into a training session, and I think they did that. They really applied themselves in the right way and scored some really good goals.
“I wanted them to move the ball quickly and they did that.
“At half-time I said to them that I wanted a clean sheet. As an ex-defender I always do. But that builds good foundations and good habits.
“They did that and I actually thought that we should’ve scored more in the second-half.
“I thought Paddy (O’Neil) was excellent in goals as were the boys in front, who deserved their clean sheet.”
Goalkeeper O’Neil replaced Brett Long in one of six changes from the side which had lost to Falkirk four days earlier; as Cammy Clark made his debut in Sons colours, and was joined by Matty Shiels, David Wilson, Craig McGuffie and trialist forward Michael Mullen, formerly of Hurlford United.
Right from the first whistle Sons looked like they had benefited from the pre-season clash with the Bairns, as they looked sharper all over the park.
A flowing move down the right eventually saw Matty Shiels denied by Afton keeper David Markey, before the same two players did battle again from the resulting corner - with Markey denying the defender from point-blank range.
Glenafton’s Ryan Walker then fired over following slack play at the back from Sons, before Jinky Hilton’s cute chip landed on the roof of the net.
Just after the 20 minute mark Sons took the lead, and it was no surprise that Hilton was involved.
His low drive from a tight angle cracked the post, hit trialist striker Mullen and bounced into the net.
It was 2-0 just before the half-hour, thanks to another move down the right.
This time David Wilson’s perfect pass sent Carlo Pignatiello free, and he arrowed across Markey into the net.
Pignatiello added a second - and Sons’ third - just five minutes later.
This time the full-back drifted in from the wing, danced beyond a collection of challenges, opened up his body and found the net at Markey’s near post.
Glenafton were on the ropes, and Sons even had time to add a fourth before the interval.
Craig McGuffie’s clever low free-kick caught the home defence napping, with Hilton on hand to fire through a collection of bodies and into the net.
The second-half followed a similar pattern, with Sons dominating the play.
Finlay Gray saw his pass across the face of goal scooped over the bar by a Glens defender, before Markey misjudged a Hilton free-kick and dropped the ball to David Wilson - but he lashed at his finish.
Youth graduate Panos Grivas, on as a sub, was next to threaten - cutting in from the left before being denied by a sharp Markey save.
Grivas and Gray then both couldn’t turn in from close range after Markey had parried Kalvin Orsi’s shot.
The Greek youngster was making quite an impression, and should’ve scored after Markey spilled an Orsi corner - but got his overhead kick all wrong.
Another Orsi corner then saw Markey save superbly from Cammy Clark’s header, before a surging Finlay Gray run stung the palms of the overworked Glenafton number one.
Orsi himself came close to a wondergoal after a mazy run, but narrowly lashed over the bar.
At the other end, Sons’ Paddy O’Neil was called into action for the first time with 88 minutes played - but comfortably held Ross Lindsay’s drive.
In the final seconds trialist winger Nathan Brown burst in on goal, but his low drive brushed the post as Sons ended the second-half without adding to their tally.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

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