Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Rangers (1)

Saturday 1st November 2014, Kick Off 3pm

Scottish Cup

Dumbarton fell at the first hurdle of the William Hill Scottish Cup, crashing out in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers.

A goal from Kris Boyd on the stroke of half time was enough to see Rangers through to the next round.

After the match manager Ian Murray said: "I thought we were excellent from the first minute to the last. We had chances to win it but the goal before half time was a killer".

The hosts had to make several personnel and formational changes, with loan players not being given permission to play from their parent clubs.

Jamie Ewings and Mark McLaughlin came in for their first starts of the season, with Archie Campbell coming in for just his second start.

Sons had to be alert from the off. Captain Andy Graham made a vital interception to knock the ball back to Ewings with Kris Boyd lurking.

Mitch Megginson then forced 'Gers keeper Lee Robinson into a decent save with Robinson pushing a powerful drive around the post.

Garry Fleming was everywhere for Dumbarton, putting in a fine shift that was praised by Manager Murray after the match.

Fleming had a shot blocked on the edge of the area after smart play from Dumbarton, before a powerful run down the right hand side from the same man nearly created an opportunity. However, the cross was caught by Robinson.

Halfway through the first half, Colin Nish created an opportunity out of nothing, when he superbly controlled a kick from Ewings before turning and curling a shot just wide.

Another opportunity arose for Dumbarton just five minutes later. Mark Gilhaney put a ball in to the back post which was headed across goal by Megginson. Nish tried to acrobatically turn the ball in, but the offside flag was up anyway.

Nicky Law registered a shot on target soon after, with a glancing header being easily saved by Ewings.

Rangers full-back Ricky Foster then had a shot on goal, but his drive from the edge of the area went wide.

Foster had another effort a couple of minutes later, the shot looked to be going wide but was turned in to the net by Boyd. The Rangers fans were on their feet, but the flag of the linesman meant that the score would remain level.

Gilhaney had an attempt from the edge of the area saved before Sons conceded at the worst possible time.

In first half added time, Boyd latched on to a pass from Lewis MacLeod and took a touch before slotting the ball past Ewings and into the back of the net, with some help from the post.

It was a poor time for Sons to concede, and they could argue they didn't deserve to be behind after creating some good opportunities.

In the second half, superb work from Fleming seen him win the ball from Kenny Miller of the park before shrugging off Ian Black and firing a shot for goal from 25 yards which was blocked.

The visitors had a great chance to double their lead as they broke up the field from a Dumbarton long throw. Boyd done well to turn both Lee Mair and Gilhaney before advancing on Ewings, but shot off the keepers legs.

Rangers started to get a hold of the game for a period.

Mark McLaughlin, who along with Mair and Graham put in a fine defensive performance, made a heroic block to keep out a Miller shot that looked destined for the net.

MacLeod then cut in from the right hand side before shooting for goal, however the effort hit the side netting.

On 70 minutes, Ewings held a long range drive from Black at the second attempt, after he fumbled the first effort.

Chris Turner replaced Archie Campbell for Dumbarton, with the game not really clicking for the latter in the second half after a lively first half display.

Robinson made a great save to keep out a Graham header, diving to his left to push the header away.

Substitute John Daly should have made it safe for Rangers, but with only Ewings to beat, he blazed his shot over the bar.

Dumbarton had two late free kick attempts from similar distances. Turner seen his effort charged down by the wall, before Scott Agnew put his go over the bar with the last kick of the game.

It was a great display from Dumbarton, with plenty of players giving manager Murray a selection headache for next week's trip to Queen of the South in the SPFL Championship.

Dumbarton: Ewings, Mair, McLaughlin, Graham, Gilhaney, Megginson (McDougall 80), Fleming, Agnew, Linton (Van Zanten 82), Nish, Campbell (Turner 69). Subs not used: Grindlay, McDougall, McCallum, Lightbody, Whitefield.

Rangers: Robinson, Foster, McCulloch, McGregor, Wallace, MacLeod, Black, Law, Smith, Boyd (Daly 75), Miller. Subs not used: McCrorie, Clark, Faure, Moshni, Templeton, Shiels.

Referee: Bobby Madden

Attendance: 1878

Jack Crawford