Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Motherwell (2)

Tuesday 23rd July 2019, Kick Off 7.45pm

Betfred Cup

DUMBARTON came out of this game with nothing and their Betfred Cup campaign at an end.

It may not sound great, but realistically they were playing this game for pride anyway. And they came away with a lot of that.

Motherwell were expected to win as convincingly as a certain Mr Johnson triumphed in his battle earlier in the day.

Had the game gone the same as Sons' previous two, they may have done. But there was no capitulation, no procession of goals for the opposition, very little of what had haunted them against Morton and Queen of the South.

When Motherwell struck the first blow, it was with a degree of controversy. Christian Ilic scored it despite the offside flag going up against his team-mate James Scott only to be put down again.

Peter Hartley headed the second for the Steelmen with 14 minutes left, and that was that for a Sons side which left everything out there.

They couldn't cause a shock, but they were brave, if lacking in clear chances.

Mati Zata had the first serious chance of the game with a volley. The thing was that it was towards his own goal. His attempted clearance flew just over the bar and Sons escaped.

Jermaine Hylton had a goal disallowed for offside, but three minutes from half time came the controversy.

Scott competed for a high ball into the area and was initially flagged offside, but for some reason the flag was lowered again. Play continued and Ilic finished from 12 yards.

In the early second half, Dumbarton got forward on a couple of occasions, but defenders dealt with what was intended to be the killer pass.

Then Chris Long homed ominously in on goal, but Jordan Pettigrew bravely raced out to save. He then made a fine close range stop from Liam Polworth.

But he couldn't keep out Hartley's header when the Well skipper rose highest to power home a corner.

With Dumbarton now tired, it was all about avoiding any further concessions. Hylton and then Sherwin Seedorf had shots which flew across goal and wide, and that was as close as the visitors got.

Next stop League One in 11 days' time.

Dumbarton: Pettigrew; Crawford, Quitongo, Neill, Carswell, Hutton, McCluskey, McKee, Zata (Scullion 80), McGeever (Langan 86), Crossan (Layne 81). Subs: Brennan; McMillan. Booked: Hutton.

Motherwell: Gillespie; Tait, Grimshaw, Hartley, Campbell, Hylton, Maguire, Ilic (Seedorf 61), Scott (Long 49), Polworth (Semple 79), Gallagher. Subs: Carson; Sloth, Livingstone, Donnelly.

Referee: Colin Steven.

Andy Galloway