Dumbarton 0 Dunfermline 1Tuesday, 6th Oct 2020
Betfred Cup: Four Dunfermline debuts - Whittaker, McInroy, Watson and O’Hara. Kevin O’Hara (26 pen.) 0-1:
After the absence of competitive football for almost seven months Dunfermline were pleased to travel to the C&G Systems Stadium to face League One opposition in the shape of Dumbarton. The attendance was limited to club directors and media meaning that the crowd probably numbered around 30.
Stevie Crawford handed four players their starting debuts - Steven Whittaker, Kerr McInroy, Paul Watson and Kevin O’Hara. He had eight players on the bench including Fraser Murray on loan from Hibs, Iain Wilson and Declan McManus.
Jim Duffy’s Dumbarton side included former Pars Nat Wedderburn and PJ Crossan and it was the hosts who kicked off defending the goal at the river end. From a Josh Edwards throw in on the left, Ryan Dow and Kyle Turner worked the ball right for Dunfermline to manage a shot through Aaron Comrie within two minutes but the effort lacked power and was easily defended.
Next minute Pars keeper Owain Fôn Williams was tested by a low Crossan shot that he beat away for a corner on the left that was over hit when delivered. Thomas tried a tricky cross through the Dumbarton box with just too much on it for McInroy to catch.
A surging run from Edwards took play from his own half to set up Turner for a ninth minute shot that keeper Kevin Dabrowski parried away. Then Thomas took the ball left and got over a dangerous cross that Dow met but headed outside the near post.
Midway through the first half Dow assumed responsibility from a free kick after Thomas had been checked. When the ball was flighted in towards the six yard box the ball was headed by one Dumbarton defender on to another before being booted clear.
The Pars were then awarded a penalty after Dow’s cross from the left hit the hand of Morgyn Neill. Referee Gavin Ross pointed to the spot and as the home side and their bench argued about the decision, Neill and then his captain Stuart Carswell were yellow carded. Kevin O’HARA was eventually able to take what by then was a 26th minute spot kick and he sunk the ball low into the left side of the net. 0-1
The Fifers looked composed and comfortable but ten minutes past before there was a decent effort at either end, that saw McInroy dispossess Wedderburn 27 yards out to release a shot that went wide right.
Five minutes from the interval Edwards was forward to slip the ball to McInroy and his switch to Turner set the Pars no.8 up for a shot from the edge of the box that just cleared the bar. Dumbarton broke and Stefan McCluskey more than cleared the bar and perimeter fence as he blasted his chance into the car park.
It was a half in which Dunfermline held possession and passed the ball about well but at the break just the penalty goal separated the teams.
Half time: Dumbarton 0 Dunfermline 1
First incident of note in the second half was an injury to McCluskey after falling awkwardly in a challenge with Comrie. Chris Hamilton subsequently became the first sub of the tie replacing the injured Son in 52 minutes.
Without really threatening Dumbarton had a good determined effort to find the equaliser. Whittaker exchanged passes with Edwards before he forced a corner on the left. Thomas sent the ball to the vacated far side of the box where Euan Murray ran in and headed on target but his effort was diverted wide for a corner on the right. Before that was taken Fraser Murray replaced Ryan Dow but the corner changed nothing.
PJ forced a Dumbarton corner off Comrie and when PJ delivered there were appeals for a hand ball but no penalty was given. Two minutes later in 70th minute Comrie turned the ball behind but from that corner Dunfermline broke with Thomas finding F Murray wide right and O’Hara slotted in the cross. The offside flag had been raised so it remained 1-0.
McGeever collected a yellow card in conceding a 73rd minute free kick and Dabrowski had to be alert to stop F Murray’s attempt. The right upright then denied Dumbarton the equaliser two minutes later when PJ’s shot was curled in from 20 yards out.
McInroy shot from distance and was awarded with a 79th minute corner that Dumbarton duly defended. As the rain came pouring down Drabowski did really well to stop a difficult shot from F Murray and the offside flag went up again as McManus looked to convert on the follow up.
There was a let off for Dumbarton in 87 minutes when Whittaker sent the ball through the middle but with McManus seeking to get off the mark, Drabowski came out to blast the ball into touch.
McManus made a tremendous run up the right touchline to get in a cross that the keeper could only parry and Thomas’s follow up was critically deflected behind by Hamilton.
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Smith (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Quitongo (15), Neill (25), Carswell (26), McGeever (72), Hamilton
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow (Fraser Murray 63), Steven Whittaker, Kerr McInroy, Dom Thomas: Kyle Turner (Iain Wilson 73), Kevin O’Hara (Declan McManus 73)
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, Paul Allan, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK), Ben Swinton (GK)
SCORERS: O’Hara (26 pen.)
REFEREE: Gavin Ross
WEATHER: Dry 12C
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Betfred Cup (away) v Dumbarton, Tuesday 6th October 2020, 7.45pm kick off behind closed doors at the C&G Systems Stadium
Tuesday will see Dunfermline Athletic kick off their 2020-2021 season when they take on Dumbarton in the Betfred Cup at the C&G Stadium. The Pars are unbeaten in their last 18 visits to Dumbarton, the last home win coming in season 1980-1981.
This is the sixth League Cup meeting with the Sons and the first since August 2009, a match the Pars won 5-0 at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium. Goalscorers that day were David Graham (3), Andy Kirk (9, 56) and Steven Bell (45+2, 66).
This will be the 100th match between these two sides and Dunfermline have a good record against their opponents winning more games than draws and defeats added together.
Milestones Dumbarton (Away)
Last Victory | 06/01/18 | 1-0 | Championship
Last Defeat | 18/04/81 | 1-2 | Sc Div 1
Best Victory | 01/08/09 | 5-0 | League Cup
Worst Defeat | 12/03/38 | 1-4 |Sc Div 2
Highest Scoring Match | 26/09/53 | 4-4 | Sc Div 2
Last Goalless Meeting | 08/05/93 | 0-0 | Sc Div 1
First Meeting | 31/08/1912 | 1-2 | Sc Div 2
The Pars have won nine of the last 12 meetings, two have been drawn and one lost. The last defeat at Dumbarton was on 18th April 1981.
Last 12 Matches v Dumbarton
Date | H/A | F-A | Res | Competition
28/04/18 | H | 4-0 | W | Championship
06/01/18 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
25/11/17 | H | 2-2 | D | Championship
26/08/17 | A | 4-0 | W | Championship
15/04/17 | A | 2-0 | W | Championship
04/03/17 | H | 5-1 | W | Championship
29/10/16 | A | 2-2 | D | Championship
06/08/16 | H | 4-3 | W | Championship
23/03/13 | H | 3-4 | L | Division One
05/01/13 | A |1-0 | W | Division One
24/11/12 | H | 4-0 | W| Division One
15/09/12 | A | 2-0 | W | Division One
Last Meeting at the C&G Systems Stadium
Ladbrokes Championship, 6th January 2018
Dumbarton 0 Dunfermline 1
As the midpoint of the first half past arrived after the Fifers had enjoyed the bulk of the possession without testing the Dumbarton keeper, Scott Gallacher. Joe Cardle and Michael Paton had been involved in promising breaks but the Dumbarton defence held only as far as the 24thminute.
A CARDLE shot from the left corner of the box sailed past Gallacher for a gem of an opener. The opportunity was created courtesy of a long raking pass from Dean Shiels.
DUMBARTON: Scott Gallacher: David Smith, Andy Dowie (Danny Handling 60), Dougie Hill, Liam Dick: Callum Gallagher (Chris Johnston 80), David Wilson, Craig Barr, Stuart Carswell, Tom Walsh: Greg Morrison (Christian Nade HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Ally Roy, Jamie Ewings (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Kallum Higginbotham 82), Joe Cardle: Nicky Clark (c) (Callum Smith 78), Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Fraser Aird, Lewis Martin, Callum Morris, Craig Burt (GK)
SCORERS: Cardle (24)
Last Season’s Form
Final League Position: 6th
League Points: 37
League Record: P28 W10 D7 L11 GF41 GA36
Goal Difference: +5
Last Six League Match Form: WLWDDD
Final League Position: 6th
League Points: 38
League Record: P28 W11 D5 L12 GF35 GA44
Goal Difference: -9
Last Six League Match Form: DLWWWL
Pre Season Friendlies
Stirling Albion (N) D 0-0
Rangers B (A) L 1-3
East Fife (A) W 1-0
Spartans (A) W 3-0
Stenhousemuir (A) D 1-1
BSC (H) D 1-1
Albion Rovers (A) W 3-2
Morton (H) L 1-2
Clydebank (A) W 4-0
Ross Forbes and Denny Johnstone sat out the friendly against BSC and so Dumbarton’s team on 26th September was as follows:-
Kevin Dabrowski: Sam Wardrop (Trialist), Rico Quitongo (Morgyn Neill), Trialist, Ryan McGeever, Stuart Carswell, Nat Wedderburn, Ruaridh Langan (Trialist), Stefan McCluskey, PJ Crossan, Trialist (Robert Jones).
Last Competitive Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Lewis Martin, Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Dom Thomas, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner (Joe Thomson 72), Ethan Ross (Josh Edwards HT): Gabby McGill (Tom Beadling HT), Jonathan Afolabi
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Lewis McCann, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)
DUMBARTON (v Clyde): Conor Brennan: Lewis Crawford, Morgyn Neill, Stuart Carswell (Jai Quitongo 18), Stefan McCluskey (Kyle Hutton 67), Ross Forbes, Joe McKee, Isaac Layne (Rob Jones 67), Ryan McGeever, Paul Joseph Crossan, Sam Wardrop.
SUBS NOT USED: Ruaridh Langan, Calum Wilson, Jordan Pettigrew (GK).
Referee will be Gavin Ross.
Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy will know of the potential threat that can come from Declan McManus, who he had at Morton and Dom Thomas who was a star for Dumbarton while on loan there in 2019.
Potentially three former Pars will face their old club - Ross Forbes, Nat Wedderburn and PJ Crossan.
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