Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Ayr United (1) v Dumbarton (1)

Thursday 23rd June 2022, Kick Off 7pm

Pre-season friendlies

DUMBARTON travelled to Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs to take on Cinch Championship side Ayr United in their first pre-season friendly of the 2022/23 season.

The Sons drew 1-1 with the Honest Men as Martin McNiff own goal gave the Ayrshire side the lead before Ally Love equalised minutes later.

New signings David Wilson, Ally Love, Brett Long, Martin McNiff and Ryan Blair all started for the Sons while striker Declan Byrne, who signed the day before, started on the bench. 6 Trialist were part of the team with 1 starting and the other 5 on the bench.

Ayr United took the lead of the game after 9 minutes when their left back Finn Ecrepont played a fantastic cross into the box and Sons defender Martin McNiff put it into his own net which gave the Honest Men the lead of the game.

Dumbarton responded quickly to going a goal behind and equalised 3 minutes later. Callum Wilson played the ball to Ally Love on the edge of the box and the Sons new boys' strike went past Charlie Albinson and into the back of the net.

In the 27th minute, keeper Brett Long made a brilliant save to tip Jordan Houston effort over the bar. Both teams continued to create chances in the first half however both sides keepers made several saves to ensure the teams went into half time level.

Dumbarton made no changes at half time while Ayr United changed their full team with a brand new 11 playing the second half. In the second half, the sons made a number of substitutions. The first saw Callum Wilson, Trialist 16 and Ryan Blair replaced by Kalvin Orsi, Declan Bryne and Trialist 26. The second substitution saw Ross MacLean and Ally Love replaced by Trialist 20 and Trialist 25 and the third substitution saw David Wilson replaced by Trialist 17.

5 minutes before full time there were shouts of penalty for Dumbarton as Alex Jeanes tackled Declan Bryne in the box however the referee signalled play on. In the dying minutes of the game Ayr United could've snatched the winner as Paddy Reading played a great cross into the box however Fraser Bryden header went just past the left hand post and the game ended 1-1.

A sunny night in Largs allowed both teams to get game time to increase players match fitness in preparation for the Premier Sports League Cup matches starting in July.

Karen Malcolm