Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Civil Service Strollers (0) v Dumbarton (3)

Saturday 6th July 2013, Kick Off 3pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

DUMBARTON enjoyed another good pre-season workout with an assured 3-0 victory over East of Scotland Premier Division side Civil Service Strollers in Edinburgh.

The friendly was played on a sunny afternoon in front of an appreciative crowd of more than a hundred, including a sizeable contingent who had travelled east to support the Sons.

Manager Ian Murray described the game as important in helping "to ensure we hit the competitive matches with momentum."

The visitors began to seize the initiative early on in the encounter.

A purposeful move from Jordan Kirkpatrick set up Paul McGinn down the wing, but his ball was slightly too long for hungry striker Bryan Prunty to reach.

Civil Service Strollers looked solid at the back and in midfield, seeking to crowd out Dumbarton. But they found it more difficult to maintain possession and press forward.

Sons, on the other hand, were enjoying plenty of the ball, but not finding it easy to make it count.

Ten minutes into the game McGinn burst down the right wing and played in the eager Ally McKerracher. Before the move could go further the ball was clipped out of play by a defender.

In another attacking move, a short corner was whipped back in by Steven McDougall for Sons. Chris Turner's resulting header was powerful, cracking against the bar.

At the other end, the Strollers also hit the bar when Stephen Campbell headed the ball downwards and it was fired back up and over.

For Dumbarton, a long-range effort from Kirkpatrick – a midfielder who used to be with Hamilton Accies and Brechin City – went just wide.

Then a searching pass from Nicky Phinn found McKerracher again on the right. The young attacker manoeuvred inside to finds strike partner Prunty, but his close range shot was narrowly off target.

Another fast paced move by McGinn, ending in a pulled back cross, set up Turner for Sons. His first-time shot flew over the crossbar.

There was a good chance for Dumbarton to take the lead when one of a succession of corners was flicked on to the back post. McKerracher did not have quite enough time to steady himself and shot wide.

Positive play from the Strollers' Calum McClure saw him push in behind Scott Smith. He pulled the ball back and fired past the post from 12 yards.

The game remained goalless until half time, though Dumbarton will have felt that they should have had at least a couple in the back of the net by then.

Gaffer Ian Murray made several changes for the second period. Bradley Halsman, Scott Linton and Garry Fleming came for Sons in place of Martin McNiff, Nicky Phinn and Ally McKerracher.

After the break, Sons pressed with more urgency. Five minutes after the restart they at last got their first goal.

Fine play from Dumbarton on the edge of the area finished with Chris Turner firing confidently across home 'keeper Paul Cadger into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Josh Horne replaced Paul McGinn as Sons continued to move the ball forward in search of further rewards.

A second goal nearly came when Turner fed Prunty and his shot was deflected over for a corner.

Then Scott Smith, who had marshalled Sons effectively from the back, latched onto a set play but fired wide from ten yards out.

Civil Service Strollers were not afraid to challenge hard, with Alex Hunter clattering into Kirkpatrick in the middle of the park.

The visitors made further substitutions. Mitchell Megginson, Joe Coleman and Owen Ronald came on for Prunty, Turner and Kirkpatrick.

With 18 minutes to go, Andy Graham came off and Dumbarton decided to continue with ten men to stretch themselves more. Smith became a centre back and Fleming into central midfield.

Still the attacks continued, and Sons' endeavours were rewarded when Meginnson was neatly played in behind the Strollers' defence. He took the time he needed to round the 'keeper and calmly double the scoreline.

At 2-0, Dumbarton continued to look threatening. The home side had barely tested goalie Ewings in the second half, but then suddenly they nearly pulled a goal back through a looping volley from 20 yards.

It was Sons who claimed the next one, however. The ball was played out to Steven McDougall on the edge of the area.

He controlled well, taking two short touches before unleashing a rising side-footed shot that went well past the keeper to make it 3-0 with eight minutes to go.

There was no further scoring. It had been an entertaining game, open at times and tight at others.

Next up for Sons is a testing home friendly against newly promoted SPLers Partick Thistle.

Dumbarton: Ewings, McGinn, Smith, Graham, McNiff, Turner, Phinn, Kirkpatrick, McKerracher, Prunty, McDougall. Subs: Linton, Fleming, Horne, Ronald, Coleman, Halsman, Megginson, Lumsden (gk).

Civil Service Strollers: Cadger, Callan, O'Brien, A. Raeburn, Litster, Campbell, Newall, McClure, Colquhoun, Pagliarulo, R. Raeburn, Hunter. Subs: Young, Crawford, Byle, Hunter, Burrell, Mangan.

Referee: Mike Taylor. Assistants: Evan Cairns, Paul Hanlon.

Simon Barrow