Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

East Kilbride (1) v Dumbarton (3)

Saturday 30th June 2018, Kick Off

Pre-season friendlies

WELL, here we go again.

Pre-season. The time when the brothers Tommy, Tony and Terry Rialist put in an appearance year in, year out, and your new-look squad gets its first outing together.

Between that, and the baking heat, there was much to be positive about from Dumbarton's opening fixture at East Kilbride.

All of 48 days after the end of the previous season, Sons were only looking to start building momentum ahead of the competitive action starting in two weeks' time.

They say results are academic, but goals by Calum Gallagher and Ryan Thomson got them off to a positive start before Paul Woods headed one back for the home side.

One of the Rialist brothers, known better as Iain Russell, sealed victory right at the end.

This was somewhat more leisurely than what awaits Sons from July 14 onwards, especially after August 4 when League One business begins.

But it served its purpose as best it could.

After Ross McNeill shot wide with a good chance for EK, Sons were ahead on 31 minutes.

Thomson showed good skill to beat two defenders only to see his shot blocked, but Gallagher followed up.

Another Thomson shot was then saved by the keeper, who held it this time.

But six minutes after the restart, the midfielder had his goal, finishing from Cammy Ballantyne's low ball into the box.

After Russell's overhead kick missed the target, Woods met a cross from the right at the back post to head home on the hour mark.

Stuart Carswell's long distance effort was saved, while one of the four sub trialists was played in but took a touch too many and was denied by the keeper at close range.

Craig Malcolm then shot past for EK when well placed, but the same sub trialist then broke through, saw Russell square, and set him up to tap in the third.

East Kilbride: McGinley (Kean 46); Capuano, Russell, Howie, Lynch, Brady, Winter, Anderson (McGregor 46), McNeill (A Trialist 46), C Malcolm, Woods. Subs: Stevenson, S Malcolm.

Dumbarton: Adam (A Trialist 46); Ballantyne, Dyer, Dowie (C Barr 72), Perry, Hutton, Forbes (B Trialist 59), Thomson (C Trialist 72), Gallagher (Carswell 46), D Trialist, R Barr (E Trialist 70).

Andy Galloway