Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Edinburgh City (0) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 5th July 2014, Kick Off 3pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

DUMBARTON secured their second positive pre-season result with a decent 2-0 win against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park.

It was a lively encounter, with the Edinburgh side putting pressure on the ball and showing no little skill and determination ahead of their Lowland League debut this season.

However, Sons had more of the play and a greater number of chances throughout a competitive match.

Early on, the game became a tussle in midfield with little direct pressure on either goal. In fact it was a backwards lob from Scott Taggart gave keeper Stephen Grindlay his first exercise of the afternoon.

At the other end, Hugh Murray almost caught out City's goalie with a cross that turned into a shot, but the Edinburgh keeper got down well to block.

Brian Donnelly switches the ball to David van Zanten, who crosses for Steven McDougall as Dumbarton went on the attack. McDougall's shot is pushed away for a corner, which was also cleared.

The next three Sons chances fell to Colin Nish. First he headed a great Scott Linton inswinger wide of the post. Then he had a shot just off-target after Mitch Megginson and McDougall combined well. Finally, under considerable pressure at the back, he curled another effort round the post.

The visitors were pressing well. The stalemate was finally broken by trialist Ryan Donnelly, who fired home for Dumbarton from a fine set up by van Zanten on 31 minutes.

Before the break there were a couple of free kicks won out wide for Edinburgh City, but they were defended well by the Sons back line.

On come Jordan Kirkpatrick, Chris Turner and Mark Gilhaney at half time, substituting for McDougall, McKerracher and Mair.

The home side started the second half in lively form, pressing and threatening the Dumbarton goal, as the visitors moved to three at the back – with Gilhaney and Megginson operating as wingbacks.

An Edinburgh forward beat Taggart for pace before nearly finding the far corner of the net. However the ball trickled through the six-yard box and out of play.

Kirkpatrick started to look characteristically lively, firing a ferocious free kick over the bar.

The fourth Dumbarton switch from the bench came as Scott Agnew replaced Hugh Murray.

Another fine effort from the irrepressible Kirkpatrick saw the ball curled wide from 20 yards out.

At the away end a slight slip almost gave City a goal back, but the ball dipped past the post.

It was the visitors who struck next. Sons' Jordan Kirkpatrick (pictured), two-goal hero from the previous outing against Vale of Leithen, grabbed the second of the day with a sweetly struck shot across the goalie's bow, following a great through ball by Scott Agnew.

Making some adjustments as the game entered its final stages, Dumbarton gaffer Ian Murray brought on Garry Fleming for Colin Nish.

He instantly got into the action, producing an ambitious diving header from Mitch Megginson's cross and almost producing a third goal for Sons.

Then it was trialist on for trialist as Smith replaced Donnelly for Dumbarton, in the sixth and final substitution of the afternoon.

Edinburgh City had another couple of forays forward, and continued to put in a solid display. But in the end it was a comfortable 2-0 victory for Sons.

The match was also the last game for assistant boss Jack Ross, who is off to Hearts, and an introduction for new face in the dugout, Guillame Beuzelin.

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Team: Grindlay, Van Zanten, Linton, Taggart, Mair, Murray, McDougall, McKerracher, Nish, Trialist (Donnelly), Megginson. Subs: Lumsden, Agnew, Turner, Gilhaney, Kirkpatrick, Fleming, Trialist (Smith).

Simon Barrow