Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Aberdeen (2) v Dumbarton (0)

Wednesday 13th July 2022, Kick Off 7.45pm

Premier Sports Cup

DUMBARTON made the first of two consecutive long trips up the A90 to meet Aberdeen in this Premier Sports Cup section match. There were two changes from the Stirling Albion game in the starting line-up with Ryan Blair and Kalvin Orsi in place of Joe McKee and Declan Byrne, who were both on the bench.

It was a solid, all round, performance at Pittodrie against a Premier outfit that will be looking to fill one of the top space in their league at the end of the season. In front of a small but enthusiastic band of Sons fans, Dumbarton coped with an Aberdeen side that were very fast on the break. The home side had the majority of the play but that didn't stop Sons forcing a number of corners and a couple of fine saves from Kelle Roos in the Dons' goal.

Ylber Ramadani made an early impact, darting onto a through ball from Vicente Besuijen on five minutes. Brett Long was quickly off his line to narrow the angle and make the first of a number of fine saves. Christian Ramirez then though he had opened the scoring on 9 minutes only to see the linesman's flag raised as the ball flew over Matty Kennedy standing on the line in an offside position.

On 35 minutes Vicente Besuijen met a loose ball from a corner and his low drove deflected just wide of the post. With Sons claiming for a foul on Long and disputing the award of the corner, the inevitable then happened when ex Son Ross McCrorie connected with a perfectly judged glancing header at the corner of the six yard box that flew beyond Long for 1-0.

Despite Aberdeen racing out the blocks at the start of the second half, Sons were coping well with the challenge until the 57th minute. Collecting a defence splitting pass from Ramadani on the edge of the area, Matty Kennedy skipped around Long and slipped the ball in the net.
Sons best chance of the night then fell to sub Ally Love. He latched onto a through ball and unleashed a fierce shot that Roos did well to push around the post for another corner to Sons.

On 73 minutes, Besuijen set Jonny Hayes away down the left. His low cross was bound for Ramirez until Gregg Wylde did well to intercept, his clearance whacking against the post and then away to safety. Ramirez was then denied a goal on 82 minutes, his powerful diving header from a Ryan Duncan cross stunningly saved by Long to his left, his parry taking the ball just away from Besuijen as he followed in.

While this was a team performance with everyone contributing, special mention has to go to keeper Brett Long and his central defenders Gregor Buchanan and Martin McNiff as well as substitute Finlay Gray who did not look out of place against a Premier side in only his second senior appearance.

Aberdeen: Roos, Richardson, Stewart (Milne 74), Scales, Hancock (Duncan 61), Hayes, Ramadani, McCrorie, Kennedy (Watkins 61), Besuijen, Ramirez. Subs not used: Lewis, Polvara, McLennan, Bates, Ngwenya, Harvey.

Dumbarton: Long, Wylde, Buchanan, Carswell, Orsi (Gray 62), Wilson D (Love 62), MacLean (Byrne 70), Lynas, Blair (McKee 67), McNiff, Wallace (Callum Wilson 70). Subs not used: Broun.

Referee: Colin Steven.

Graeme Robertson