Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Carlisle United (2)

Tuesday 29th July 2014, Kick Off 7.45pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

Dumbarton went down 2-0 to English League 2 side Carlisle United in the final 'pre-season' friendly game at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Second half goals from David Amoo and Kyle Dempsey handed the victory to the visitors in the final game of their Scottish pre-season tour.

There were plenty of changes to the Dumbarton line up following the Petrofac Training Cup loss at the weekend, and Ian Murray perhaps having an eye on the upcoming League Cup tie at Brechin the following Saturday. There was a mix of youth and experience in the Sons starting eleven.

The game started quietly, with Donald McCallum getting on the ball for Dumbarton and distributing it well, following up his impressive debut in the past friendly against Partick Thistle.

For the visitors, a chance for Gary Dicker was created when a corner was headed away by Dumbarton. Dicker took a touch before curling the ball over the bar from the edge of the area.

Another Sons youngster who impressed on the night was Joe Coleman. He made a vital block to stop a header heading towards goal before Patrick Brough fired wide with Stephen Grindlay rooted to the spot.

Carlisle started to get a hold of the game, and created another chance moments later. A lovely backheel flick from Alex Marrow following a cross from ex-St Mirren and Dunfermline man Danny Grainger set up Amoo a few yards out. The Carlisle front man took a touch before shooting, however a block from Lee Mair stopped a certain goal and Sons managed to clear the ball.

McCallum got on the ball again for Dumbarton in midfield before taking the ball out wide. He done well to get past 2 defenders before played an infield ball to Mark Gilhaney, who took a touch which found him in the penalty area before his shot from a tight angle was pushed away by Mark Gillespie and it was Carlisle's turn to scramble the ball clear.

David Symington was looking like a real threat for the Blues; his constant bombing forward and pace was causing problems. He managed to get in behind Sons trialist Nicky Jamieson before firing for goal only to see Grindlay parry the ball. Billy Paynter followed up the rebound, and he had his effort superbly saved by Grindlay who was not yet on his feet.

Stephen McDougall was struggling to make an impact on the game, but the winger done brilliantly to get past two players, cut in from the left and shoot for goal. The shot look destined for the net, but a Carlisle defender headed the ball behind for a corner.

Coleman again put his body on the line to block a shot from the edge of the area that looked as if it would be the first goal of the evening.

Paynter was causing Dumbarton problems, and always seemed to be involved in the visitor's attacks. He managed to get in behind Mair before firing wide of the far post from inside the penalty area.

There was one more chance for Carlisle before half time, with pinball in the Dumbarton penalty area somehow staying thanks to yet more committed defending from the hosts.

At half time, Murray made the first and second of the ten substitutes he would make in the evening. Garry Fleming and Keir Whitefield replaced Bryan Prunty and Archie Campbell, with Murray perhaps again looking ahead to Saturday's cup-tie.

And, almost immediately, Carlisle were head. A smart pass into Amoo was controlled, before he slotted the ball inside the near post to put the English side 1-0 up.

Another Sons double substitution followed with the 2 impressive youngsters, Coleman and McCallum replaced by Jordan Kirkpatrick and Daniel Lightbody.

Kirkpatrick was involved in the action straight away. He skipped past a player in midfield before firing a low shot that was easily saved by Gillespie.

Yet another Dumbarton substitution came with Scott Taggart replacing Jamieson.

Taggart was keen to make an impact, and his cross from the left hand side was flicked on by Gilhaney. Unfortunately, however, no Sons shirt was there to meet the header from Gilhaney.

There was still time for more substitutions, with the rest of the Dumbarton bench coming on. Mikey Hopkins, Coll McCallum, Callum Cook, Andrew Hainey and goalkeeper Josh Lumsden replaced McDougall, Mair, Grindlay, Chris Martin and Scott Agnew.

Lumsden had to be ready from the off, with the U20 keeper having to do well to collect a cross under pressure, and then beat Amoo to a long ball which he got down to hold.

Carlisle were keen to add another goal to their tally, with a shot from range saved and held well by Lumsden.

The visitors would, however, get a second goal just before the ninety minutes were up. Dempsey latched on to a ball in behind the Sons defence, and his shot went under and across Lumsden.

The goal was the last notable action of the game, with the scoreline finishing 2-0. A good runout and experience for a mostly young Dumbarton team.

Next up for Murray's men is a League Cup tie at Glebe Park against Brechin on Saturday.

Dumbarton: Grindlay (Lumsden), Martin (Hopkins), Coleman (Lightbody), Mair (Hainey), McCallum (Kirkpatrick), Gilhaney, Agnew (McCallum), Jamieson (Taggart), Prunty, (Fleming), McDougall (Cook), Campbell (Whitefield).

Carlisle: Gillespie (Hanford), Grainger (Kearns), O'Hanlon, Meppen-Walter, Symington (Thomson), Marrow (Gilles), Potts, Brough, Dicker (Sweeney), Paynter (Dempsey), Amoo (Rigg).

Referee: Don Robertson

Jack Crawford