Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Cumbernauld Colts (0) v Dumbarton (3)

Monday 4th July 2016, Kick Off 8pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

IF you didn't get to Broadwood until well into the second half, don't worry. You saw all there really was to see.

And it was well worth seeing.

For much of the evening, Dumbarton's second pre-season friendly was progressing much like the weather- a rather damp squib.

But after 76 largely uneventful minutes, a Ryan Stevenson penalty set them on their way to a convincing win over Lowland League outfit Cumbernauld Colts.

And within a further seven minutes, fantastic goals from distance by trialist Robert Tatar and Robert Thomson sealed the victory.

Tatar was one of seven trialists involved, although two of them, Ryan Clark and Amadou Kassarate, are development players with the club.

All of them started the match and from an early stage, had the opportunity to put Sons ahead.

Donald McCallum wove through the home defence early doors only to be denied by the keeper at close range, while trialist Joel Kasubandi and then Clark went close.

After that, there was little to excite either set of fans, although Mark Brown was forced into a good save by a Colts striker late in the first half.

The hosts had another opening early in the second half when another striker met a low ball at the back post but somehow shot over.

Just short of the midway point in the second half, gaffer Stevie Aitken withdrew McCallum and four of the trialists in favour of more experienced players.

That was what was needed to get Sons moving and after Thomson met Grant Gallagher's cross only to be kept out at close range, the goals flew in.

A foul on Thomson by the home keeper brought a penalty, which Stevenson converted.

Then three minutes later, Tatar's 20-yard shot doubled the lead - only for the trialist to be robbed of the title of goal of the night.

With seven minutes left, Thomson controlled a diagonal pass, turned a defender and, a couple of strides later, found the postage stamp from 25 yards.

In the end, it had all been worth waiting for.

Dumbarton: Brown; A Trialist, B Trialist, Pettigrew, Buchanan, C Trialist, McCallum (Smith 64), Clark (Gallagher 64), D Trialist (Thomson 64), Kassarate (Stevenson 64), E Trialist (Stirling 64). Sub: Wright.

Referee: Grant Irvine.

Crowd: 200.

Andy Galloway