Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Edinburgh City (0) v Dumbarton (1)

Saturday 4th July 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Pre-Season Matches

DUMBARTON started off their pre-season campaign by easing to a 1-0 victory over Lowland League champions Edinburgh City at a sunny Ainslie Park, home of Spartans.

The first half started in lively fashion, with Sons pressing early, but the game seemed to lose a little shape as it progressed, before picking up again towards the end of the opening 45 minutes.

Dumbarton dominated possession but also gave the ball away a little too easily at first. Edinburgh City, who came close to getting into the play-off final for a place in League Two last season, showed themselves to be a decent side, as expected.

Mark Brown, enjoying his first outing in the Sons goal, did not have a great deal to do, but looked well in control when called upon.

The team from the Capital marked tight and there were few clear chances for either side in the opening period. Taggart, Fleming and Kirkpatrick were among those who tested City at the back for the visitors.

New winger Willie Gibson looked the most creative up front for Sons, and he had a couple of opportunities himself as Stevie Aitken's new-look team started to get the measure of each other in competitive action.

Half time saw a host of changes for Dumbarton. Golakeeper Jamie Ewings, along with Thomson, two trialists and McCallum, came on to replace Brown, Taggart, Kirkpatrick, Fleming and Smith.

After the break the pace of the match picked up again. Sons looked aggressive and ambitious, completing more passes, testing Edinburgh City all over the park, and looking for that all-important goal scoring opportunity to convert dominance into advantage.

A few minutes into the second period trialist Routledge stole the ball off the 'keeper and laid it back for another trialist, Moutinho. It looked as if it was going to be the opener, but he fired into the side netting.

On 67 minutes Sons finally and deservedly went in front after persistent pressure up front and some decent attacking moves. Gibson followed up on his initially blocked shot to rocket the ball into the top of the net from a sharp near-post angle.

Cawley and McCallum came closest to adding a second, with City closing ranks to try to see off the risk of further damage and trying to hit back on the break.

There were no further goals, but new Dumbarton gaffer Aitken and his new backroom team were pleased with a first victory, the opportunity to try out fresh signings and combinations, and an especially purposeful second half display.

“The win is a good start and it's pleasing to be up and running,” declared gaffer Aitken after the game. “The boys looked sharp and it was a decent workout for us.”

This is Dumbarton's second pre-season game against Edinburgh City in successive years. We wish them all the best for the campaign ahead.

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Dumbarton team: Brown, Taggart, Docherty, Barr, Buchanan, Kirkpatrick, Cawley, Gallagher, Smith, Fleming, Gibson. Subs: Trialist, Miller, Trialist, McCallum, Trialist, Ewings.

Simon Barrow