Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

East Stirling (2) v Dumbarton (0)

Wednesday 15th April 2015, Kick Off 7.45pm

Stirlingshire Cup

A DUMBARTON side comprised mainly of youngsters could not match the solidity of what was virtually an East Stirlingshire first team this evening, going down 2-0 in the Stirlingshire Cup semi-final at Ochilview.

A goalless first half saw Sons start with some promise.

Experienced and hard working operator Chris Turner (pictured) was marshalling the lines from a central position, with fellow first-teamer Scott Linton guarding the back and undertaking forays up the wing.

However the Shire, sitting mid-table in SPFL League Two, soon started to assert their experience and determination, looking more purposeful up front as the game progressed.

Opening exchanges were cagey, with the bulk of the play to-ing and fro-ing in the middle of the park.

Just after the half hour the Shire's Max Wright had a free kick in a dangerous position. But the target man was instantly caught offside.

Sons' Michael Hopkins had a dig from some 25 yards out. His effort went well over the bar.

A good defensive block stopped the home side's Michael Wallace from driving home, before Chris Turner again stopped the ball slipping through to the hungry Wright.

East Stirling's Steven Brisbane took a shot from central position which careered high over Jamie Ewings in the Sons goal.

One of the best moves of the half came when Turner snapped at a well-crafted one-two, but again his aim was awry as he tried to balance before firing in at 'keeper Sean Quinn.

Sons then came close to opening the scoring when Scott Linton floated in a great cross from a free kick on the wing.

The Shire goalie dropped the ball, and in the midst of the resulting scramble Daniel Lightbody's shot was blocked by Connor Greene, before Donald McCallum's strike was pushed behind by Jon Tully

From the resulting corner, Lightbody headed off target.

The home team had been better value in the first half. By the break the match was still goalless and anyone's to claim.

Chris Townsley was looking threatening for East Stirlingshire. An early attack in the second half ended with a firmly struck sidefoot shot past Ewings' upright and corner.

In the first substitution of the match, Shire's Martyn Shields came on for Connor Greene

There was a scare for Dumbarton when a close range shot almost squeezed in.

Then Michael Wallace put the Ochilview side 1-0 up on 54 minutes, poking the ball home in the six-yard box after some loose defending from Sons.

The visitors pressed back. Linton catapulted in one of his trademark long throws, but there was no one on the end of it.

As the half wore on, East Stirling were looking a little sharper in all areas of the pitch, deserving their advantage.

Donald McCallum came close for Sons when he stormed through and unleashed a strong drive which scraped the outside of Quinn's post from around 30 yards out.

At the other end, a shot from Wallace was blocked.

The ball ran out to the edge of the area, where Billy Vidler slipped, provoking a weak penalty claim that the referee did not even bother to respond to.

On 72 minutes, with Dumbarton not looking much like getting back into the game, Andrew Biddulph threw a leg at the ball, skying it into the night.

The Shire made another change. Ross Gilmour came on for goalscorer Mark Wallace.

Five minutes later, Chris Townsley wrapped up the match for his team. Losing his marker, his angled, looping header from the side of the area was unchallenged. It was a soft goal to make it 2-0.

Graeme McGregor was replaced by David Greenhill as East Stirlingshire negotiated their final change

With little time left for Sons, Scott Linton came off for Chris Martin.

But there were no more chances for either team as the home side eased their way to victory in the closing minutes.

In truth, Dumbarton had posed little attacking threat during the match, though McCallum came closest with his drive that just shaved the far post minutes before Townley's clincher.

East Stirlingshire will now face Stenhousemuir in the regional competition final at a time and venue to be determined.

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Dumbarton: Ewings, Eadie, Linton, Lightbody, C. McCallum, Whitefield, Biddulph, Hopkins, D. McCallum, Turner, R. Clark. Subs: Cameron, McIntyre, A. Clark, Anderson, Smith, Martin, Lumsden (gk).

East Stirlingshire: Quinn, Green, Shepherd, Townsley, Tully, MacGregor, Vidler, Brisbane, Wallace, Nicolson, Wright. Subs: McKenna, Greenhill, McCabe, Kinnaird, Gilmour, Shields, Bernard (gk).

Referee: Gavin Duncan

Attendance: 124.

Simon Barrow