Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Hamilton Accies (3) v Dumbarton (1)

Tuesday 15th July 2014, Kick Off 7.45pm

Pre-Season Friendlies

Dumbarton suffered their first loss of pre-season against Hamilton Academical, going down 3-1 to the Premiership side at New Douglas Park.

There were four trialists in the Dumbarton side, with the rest of the team made up of new signings and familiar faces.

Mickael Antonie-Curier scored a hatrick for the hosts, with Jordan Kirkpatrick scoring against his old club for the Sons.

The first chance came to Dumbarton and Mitch Megginson. Garry Fleming passed the ball to Megginson on the left, before last season's top scorer cut in and curled for goal only to see his shot go wide.

Kirkpatrick then had an effort that flew wide from 20 yards.

One of the previously mentioned trialists was in the Dumbarton goal, and he had to be quick off his line to block a shot from Antonie-Curier.

After twenty minutes, Hamilton got the break through. McGrath got in behind David Van Zanten in the box, and Van Zanten brought the man down giving the referee no choice but to point at the spot. Antonie-Curier stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and stroke the ball home.

Andy Graham and Scott Taggart nearly gave Accies another goal just five minutes later. Some slack passing at the back nearly sent in a Hamilton forward but the trialist goalkeeper was again quick off his line to gather the ball.

From there on in, Dumbarton dominated the half. The best chance fell to Megginson. The young-winger was sent through one on one with just Michael McGovern to beat, but the new Accies signing blocked the shot well.

Mark Gilhaney and Scott Linton also had chances to find an equaliser, but Gilhaney curled wide after a Van Zanten cross found its way back outside the area, and Linton put a free kick past the post.

Then, Dumbarton got the equaliser they just about deserved. A fine passing move ended with Chris Turner playing a ball to Kirkpatrick, which was rifled into the far corner from just inside the area.

Dumbarton continued to dominate the half with some corners causing Accies problems, but the hosts held on until the break to send the sides in level.

Sons came out in the second half the same they finished the first and created several good chances.

First, Fleming sent Colin Nish through on goal, but the ball wouldn't quite sit for the ex-Hibs man and he put the shot over the bar.

Fleming then had a half chance of his own with a shot from twenty yards flying just wide of the bottom corner.

Ian Murray looked to shake things up just after, with Nish and Megginson replaced by a Trialist and Hugh Murray.

Then came what was perhaps the best chance of Sons spell of domination. Fleming headed straight at McGovern from 6 yards, before Megginson smashed the rebound from close range over the bar.

The Dumbarton Trialist 'keeper was called into action again a few minutes later. He made a fantastic double save – at full stretch to parry the ball away from goal from a Eamonn Brophy strike, before getting up to get a vital touch to the rebound from Dougie Imrie and put it behind for a corner.

And, from the resulting corner, Hamilton went ahead. The keeper made a save similar to the one he had made just a minute before – he got a strong set of hands to a powerful effort but wasn't so fortunate this time as Antonie-Curier tapped home the rebound.

There was movement in the Sons dugout immediately following the goal, as another Trialist replaced Gilhaney.

With just fifteen minutes left on the clock, Accies wrapped up the game and Antonie-Curier got his hatrick. It was a great finish from the front man, he hit the ball on the half volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the area and the Trialist had no chance with this one.

There was one final chance for Hamilton to add some more gloss to the already flattering score line, with a looping volley from Brophy that the trialist may have done very well to tip on to the bar.

3-1 was the final score line with Sons dominating the first half and the opening stages of the second but failing to take more than one chance and eventually the clinical nature from the hosts got them the victory.

Next up for Sons is more Premiership opposition – Partick Thistle visit the Bet Butler Stadium on Saturday.

Hamilton: McGovern, Gordon, MacDonald (Watson 79), Devlin, Tena, MacKinnon, Imrie, Crawford, Antonie-Curier (Docherty 80), Lyon (Armstrong 80), McGrath (Brophy 53). Subs not used: Currie, Neil.

Dumbarton: Trialist, Van Zanten, Linton, Graham, Taggart, Turner, Gilhaney (Trialist 72), Megginson (Murray 55), Nish (Trialist 55), Kirkpatrick, Fleming (Prunty 79). Subs not used: Lumsden, Trialist, McDougall, McKerracher.

Jack Crawford