Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Rangers B (7) v Dumbarton (0)

Tuesday 23rd August 2022, Kick Off 7.45pm

SPFL Trust Trophy

SONS gaffer Stevie Farrell made wholesale changes for this match from the recent starting line up. As well as the recent subs bench starting the game, it was a chance for Ryan McGeever to get more minutes into his legs after a 10 month lay off. In addition, youth player Declan Breen made his first team debut. That, plus no injuries, was the end of the plus side on a night to forget.

An impressive first-half performance from David McCallum's B side saw a double from Alex Lowry, and goals from Charlie McCann and Zak Lovelace give home side a four-goal lead. The momentum didn't falter in the second half as Lowry completed his hat trick followed by goals from Stephen Kelly and substitute Arron Lyall.

As expected, the cup tie began with real pace as both sides looked to gain the advantage and create some early pressure. Dumbarton looked bright in the early minutes of the match as the attacking front three caused several problems in the Rangers defence, but Lewis Budinauckas collected the early efforts to defuse the danger.

However, it was Rangers who opened the scoring on 8 minutes after Lowry sent the ball rolling into the back of the net. Dumbarton looked to strike back quickly with a move threatening the Rangers goal, but their backline did well to block the danger.

On 16 minutes, Rangers were awarded a penalty after a handball inside the box and Lowry calmly slotted it past the keeper to double his side's lead and gain his second of the night. Zakariya Lovelace was next to be amongst the action after he delivered a cross to Ross McCausland at the back post who managed to get a touch on the ball to send it towards the goal, but it rattled off the post and landed in the arms of Harry Broun. Just after the half hour mark, McCann found some space and shot into the back of the net to make it 3-0. In the final moments of the first half, Robbie Fraser sent a threatening cross into a congested box and Lovelace netted.

The second half continued the way of the first and with less than five minutes gone Lowry netted the fifth goal to complete his hattrick. While on the wrong end of the scoreline, Sons weren't without their chances, but Budinauckas made some fantastic saves to maintain the clean sheet. However it was Rangers who went further ahead on 70 minutes when substitute Arron Lyall sent the ball into the back of the net for the sixth time and in the last ten minutes of the match, Stephen Kelly made it seven.

Rangers: Budinauckas, Zukowski, Fraser (Harkness, 63), Allan, MacKinnon, McCann, Kelly, Ritchie-Hosler (McInally, 80), Lowry, McCausland (Lyall, 63), Lovelace (Young, 73). Subs: Pazikas, K. Ewen, Strachan, Lindsay.

Dumbarton: Broun, Lynas, McGreever (Breen 79), Carswell, Wylde, Wilson, Wilson (Buchanan, 61), Gray (Love 46), McKee (Blair 46), Wallace (Orsi 62), Wilson, Gemmell. Subs: Long, McNiff, Byrne.

Referee: Iain Snedden.