Hebburn Town 1
Dumbarton 6

Hebburn Town 

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Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Hebburn Sports Ground
2:00 PM Kick-off

None. Carlo Pignatiello (25)
A Trialist (31)
David Wilson (61)
Michael Ruth (65)
Michael Ruth (84)
Finlay Gray (86)

Team Managers
Unknown. Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Brett Long
Cammy Clark
Mark Durnan
Aron Lynas
Michael Miller
James Hilton
Craig McGuffie
Mouhamed Niang
Carlo Pignatiello
A Trialist
B Trialist

None. Patrick O'Neil
Matthew Shiels
C Trialist
Greig Young
Ryan Blair
Finlay Gray
Panos Grivas
Kalvin Orsi
B Trialist
David Wilson
Michael Ruth

None. Kalvin Orsi for Craig McGuffie (12)
Finlay Gray for Michael Miller (57)
David Wilson for Carlo Pignatiello (57)
Matthew Shiels for James Hilton (57)
Michael Ruth for A Trialist (62)
Ryan Blair for Mouhamed Niang (62)
B Trialist for Cammy Clark (70)
Panos Grivas for Kalvin Orsi (70)
Greig Young for Aron Lynas (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Dumbarton rounded off their pre-season with a rout against Northern Premier League Hebburn Town in Newcastle.

Carlo Pignatiello and trialist Michael Mullen netted in the first-half before Amar Purewal halved the deficit just before half-time.

A stunning David Wilson effort made it 3-1 on the hour, with Sons netting three more times in the final 20 minutes courtesy of Finlay Gray and a Michael Ruth brace.

But assistant manager Frank McKeown insisted that the result was irrelevant in Sons final outing before the League Cup kicks off.

He said: “I told the players before the game that I didn’t care about the result; I just wanted a good performance. I can’t stand here after saying that and say anything different.

“I’m happy with how we played. I was happy against Falkirk when we got beaten and happy against Glenafton and Caledonian Braves when we won. Regardless of the score the players are doing what we asked them to, and they are all buying into it.

“The new boys have all fitted in really well. We’ve tweaked the system a wee bit but we’ve had a great pre-season.

“Craig McGuffie was feeling his glute a wee bit so we took him off as a precaution. But, overall, pre-season has been great; we know the League Cup will be tough, but if we build on those performances we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”

McKeown made three changes to the side which had put four past Glenafton Athletic midweek, as Brett Long returned, with Aron Lynas and trialist attacker Robbie Foster - who netted 15 times for Highland League Huntly last season - starting.

In front of a healthy away support, Craig McGuffie had the first chance of the game but fired straight at Hebburn keeper Kieran Hunter.

It would be McGuffie’s only real action of the game, as he was forced off by injury and replaced by Kalvin Orsi.

That didn’t look to disrupt Sons’ stride however, as trialist Robbie Foster twice came close - but was denied by Hunter.

The breakthrough that had been threatened finally arrived with 25 minutes played, as Carlo Pignatiello made it three goals in just five days.

Jinky Hilton drove from midfield before slipping the versatile wide-man in on goal, and he squeezed beyond Hunter.

Five minutes later Sons doubled their lead.

Good play down the right between Kalvin Orsi and Aron Lynas’ saw the latter’s cross fall to trialist Michael Mullen, and he tucked away his second goal in a Sons shirt.

Other than Brett Long saving a close range Liam Murray effort, neither side looked like scoring until the stroke of half-time - as the hosts got a goal back.

Skipper Amar Purewal controlled a long ball forward on his chest and fired into the corner.

Hebburn flashed an effort by the post early in the second-half, with Kalvin Orsi then setting up trialist Foster at the other end - but he was narrowly off target.

A triple Dumbarton change arrived after 57 minutes, with the newly introduced David Wilson taking no time to make an impact.

A weak clearance from Hebburn’s trialist keeper was picked up by Wilson some 40 yards from goal, and he lobbed the ball into the net.

Sons had really hit their stride now, and five minutes after the hour they had a fourth.

Aron Lynas’ superb cross was met by substitute Michael Ruth at the back post, and he bounced a header into the net.

Sons then had strong penalty shouts waved away, before the ever-lively Foster had another effort saved and glanced over.

Michael Ruth also dragged wide, but the talisman wasn’t to be denied a second of the match for long.

He picked up on a tired Hebburn pass and calmly slotted into the corner of the net for Sons’ fifth of the afternoon.

And things got even better in the final minute as Ruth sent Finlay Gray in on goal - and the midfielder rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.

Match report written by Fraser Clarke

Squad Statistics (as at July 6th, 2024)

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League Table (as at July 6th, 2024)

No league table has been added for this season.