Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (2) v Clydebank (1)

Saturday 18th July 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Pre-Season Matches

DUMBARTON rounded off their pre-season campaign under Stevie Aitken with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Clydebank at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

However, they had it to do it coming from behind after Mark Burbidge put the visitors ahead after just a couple of minutes.

Sons fought hard to get into half time on top, and did so through a header from Gregor Buchanan and a cool finish from Garry Fleming.

Despite going behind early on, Dumbarton did have the first attempt on goal.

Gordon Smith held the ball up well before turning his man, however he fired into the side netting from a tight angle.

Following this, the Bankies went up the pitch and took their first chance of the game.

Mark Burbidge used his blistering pace to pounce on a poor back header from Mark Docherty and poked the ball past the onrushing Mark Brown.

Sons controlled possession for large periods of the half, however struggled to find a way through their West Dunbartonshire counterparts with the Bankies looking dangerous on the break but rarely testing Brown.

Wullie Gibson crossed for Jordan Kirkpatrick at the back post, with the latter doing his best to guide the ball back across goal only to see the keeper collect the ball.

The duo linked up again moments later, this time forcing the Clydebank number 1 into a great stop.

Gibson again was the architect, with Kirkpatrick heading for the bottom corner only to see Robert Hamilton somehow getting a hand to claw the ball away.

Clydebank's resistance was soon broken though as Sons equalised.

Gibson's corner was met by centre back Gregor Buchanan who powered his header high into the net.

Dumbarton should have gone ahead just a minute later, but Smith saw his shot from close range saved by the impressive Hamilton before the defence scrambled the ball away.

Further chances followed for Garry Fleming, Darren Miller and Grant Gallagher, however the Bankies keeper and defence matched the efforts.

Sons finally found a way through Hamilton for the second time in the afternoon though, as Fleming latched on to a through ball pass from Miller and, one on one, beat the 'keeper at his near post.

It was nearly three just before the break, but Gibson's free-kick hit the side netting, despite half the stadium thinking he had found the back of the net.

There was a trio of substitutes at half time for Dumbarton, as Jamie Ewings, Calum Waters and Kevin Cawley replaced Mark Brown, Darren Miller and Mark Docherty.

The second half followed a similar theme to the first, with Sons being in control of possession but finding it difficult to get through the resilient Bankies.

Manager Stephen Aitken admitted after the match that the game felt like more of a fitness exercise rather than a football match.

Fleming came close again as he headed a cross from Gibson over the bar.

Joel Kasabundi got in behind the Dumbarton defence and nearly stole an equaliser, but his finish went just past the post.

As the half went on, the visitors began to tire and Sons created more clear chances as Aitken introduced U20 stars Donald McCallum and Mikey Hopkins.

Ex-Dumbarton goalkeeper Josh Lumsden was in goal for the away side for the second half, and had to be alert to deny shots from range from both Jon Routledge and Grant Gallagher.

Cawley had a chance to seal the game, but after controlling the ball in the area after Gallagher's header down, fired over the bar.

Dumbarton successfully saw the game out as the pre-season schedule under Stephen Aitken came to an end.

The competitive action starts next week at Cappielow against Morton in the Petrofac Training Cup.

Dumbarton: Brown (Ewings 46'), Gallagher, Docherty (Waters 46'), Barr, Buchanan, Routledge, Kirkpatrick, Miller (Cawley 46'), Fleming, Smith (McCallum 61'), Gibson (Hopkins 75').

Clydebank: Hamilton (Lumsden 46'), Barclay (Young 71'), Burbidge (Trialist 61'), Halliday (Birnie 79'), Allan (Walker 71'), Mort, O'Neill, Paterson (Trialist 79'), Shelvey (Cumming 61'), Trialist (Cole 46'), Trialist.

Referee: Grant Irvine. Assistants: David Dunne, Ross Hardie.

Jack Crawford