Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Alloa Athletic (1) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 20th November 2021, Kick Off 3pm

cinch League One

Dumbarton stung Alloa Athletic with a much needed 2-1 win over the home side in a cinch League One clash. Manager Stevie Farrell gave starting places to Edin Lynch, Callum Wilson and Conner Duthie as Sons attempted to end their recent run of two draws and five defeats on a visit to the Indodrill Stadium.

Duthie made an immediate impact with a driving run which earned a corner, which he then nodded wide. At the other end Gregor Buchanan was booked in the 13th minute for a foul on Charlie Gilmour. Soon after Ryan Schiavone had a header from a corner cleared, as the visitors dominated.

There were few other incidents of note in the middle period of the half until Kalvin Orsi and Schiavone were both injured in tough challenges but were able to continue after treatment. Fernandy Mendy was then off target with a header from a corner, and half-time arrived with chances still few and far between and the scoresheet blank.

The second half began with a run by Carlo Pignatellio setting up Orsi to cross to Schiavone, but keeper David Hutton collected. At the other end a long range shot from Gilmour was diverted by keeper Sam Ramsbottom, then Mendy headed the resultant corner over the bar.

Sons were looking the brighter of the two sides at this point with Duthie coming close after a Pignatellio cross, then another superb Duthie run and cross ended with a handball. The ref pointed to the spot, booked Mendy, and skipper Stuart Carswell put Sons ahead, sending Hutton the wrong way.

However the lead lasted only seven minutes before Conor Sammon headed home a free kick, but soon after this the game turned when Mendy was sent off after a second booking. Sons looked to take advantage of the extra space and Wilson tried to net a free kick but Hutton saved, and then gathered a Duthie header from a Paddy Boyle corner.

Sons pressure paid of in the 82nd minute. Sub Eoghan Stokes, who had been looking lively since his introduction to the game, controlled the ball brilliantly, beat the defender and sent in a low drive into the far corner of the net leaving Hutton stranded.

A much needed return to form for Sons and an important win ahead of the break from league football and the drama of the cup to come.

Alloa Athletic: Hutton, Mendy, Durnan, Taggart, Robertson, Gilmour, Niang (Sammon 69), Scougall (Trouten 52), Cawley, Boyd, Henderson (Howie 75). Subs: Burt, Church, King, O'Donnell.

Dumbarton: Ramsbottom, Lynch, Carswell, Buchanan, Boyle, Duthie, Geggan (McKee 86), Pignatiello, Wilson, Orsi, Schiavone (Stokes 70). Subs: O'Neil, McKnight, Maley, Muir.

Referee: David Dickinson.

Graeme Robertson