Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Vale of Leithen (0) v Dumbarton (4)

Thursday 3rd July 2014, Kick Off 7.30pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

DUMBARTON'S pre-season preparations got off to a good start at Victoria park, with an assured 4-0 win over Vale of Leithen.

I have the end of the first half Sons were 3-0 in front and coasting comfortably.

But Vale also putting a gutsy display and had moments when they threatened. Their strongest period in the game came towards the end.

Within four minutes of the kickoff Dumbarton found themselves a goal in front, thanks to Jordan Kirkpatrick (pictured).

Garry Fleming had a great chance to put the visitors further in front minutes later, but his effort went skywards rather than goalwards.

Scott Agnew and Chris Turner were combining well in the middle of the park as Sons looked for a further breakthrough.

It was Kirkpatrick who provided the second goal on 23 minutes after jinking past two defenders and slotting the ball home. A superb solo effort.

The third for Dumbarton came when Colin Nish smashed another Kirkpatrick effort into the net, for what would otherwise have been a hat-trick for the younger striker.

Not long after, the Vale keeper kept out another fierce drive from the impressive Kirkpatrick by palming the ball away.

There were no changes to the Dumbarton line up when the second half got underway.

The next chances for Sons fell to Mark McLaughlin and Chris Turner respectively.

First, a header from Marko was well saved. Then Turner crashed the ball over the bar when everyone was expecting him to score.

Then gaffer Ian Murray started to ring the changes from the bench bringing off debutant David van Zanten, youthful goalie Josh Lumsden and the experienced Garry Fleming.

On in their place came Mitch Megginson, Stephen Grindlay and Scott Taggart, who was making his Dumbarton debut.

On 65 minutes Scott Agnew was set up by some good work from midfield for another shooting opportunity. This also went over the bar, as Sons continued to enjoy chances aplenty.

It was Taggart who made it 4-0 to Dumbarton late in the game when he converted a Megginson Cross, turning it into the Vale goal.

Cook and Hopkins then replaced Hugh Murray and Chris Turner to give them a rest.

Sons were put onto the back foot in the closing stages of the match as the home side applied pressure to try to salvage something from a tough game.

Last season's top scorer for Dumbarton, Mitch Megginson, unleashed a thunderbolt strike that had the Vale keep in some trouble. The shot was spilled but he recovered to clear from the danger.

Neither side was able to add to the score line in the remaining minutes, though the home team threatened with a well curled free kick which was expertly dealt with by Sons' back four

The 4-0 victory was a welcome start to the pre-season campaign for Dumbarton, who go on to meet Edinburgh City on Saturday 5th July.

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Dumbarton: Lumsden, van Zanten, Linton, Graham, McLaughlin, Murray, Turner, Agnew, Nish, Kirkpatrick, Fleming. Subs: Subs - Trialist GK (Grindlay), Taggart, Hopkins, Cook, Megginson.

Thanks to Denise Currie, Gilbert Lawrie and Alan Findlay for their contributions to this report.

Simon Barrow