Posted in Dumbarton FC at 7:21 pm on 1 March 2014
SPFL Tier 2, Palmerston Park, 1/3/14
Well that’s the unbeaten run gone for a comprehensive Burton then.
I don’t quite know what to make of it with the big Cup game coming up. We’ll certainly need to perform better than this result suggests we did today. I’ve not got much hope now Aberdeen seem to be justifying their second best team in Scotland status, except that we do ourselves justice against them next week.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 8:41 pm on 23 February 2014
SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 22/2/14
I’ll take this – even though we were one up twice – as it keeps our unbeaten run in 2014 going and we were also one down at one point.
Nice to see Scott Agnew get on the score sheet. It’s his first non-penalty of the season. I don’t know if he’ll keep his place once Chris Turner is fit again though.
But… Cowdenbeath won again. The gap from us in fourth to them in ninth is only eight points. Safety is still a long way off.
Yet a draw next week at Palmerston will keep us fourth.
I hope the prospect of the Aberdeen Cup game the week after won’t be a distraction.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 8:16 pm on 15 February 2014
SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 15/2/14
Our great start to 2014 continues. Seems like it was a good comeback against a team higher than us and pushing for promotion – and, apart from last week, in good form themselves.
Also pleasing is that our home form has taken an upturn.
It’s tight in the middle of the table at the minute, though.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 10:28 pm on 9 February 2014
Not the easiest draw we could have got. In fact Aberdeen are the highest placed side left in the Cup so it couldn’t really be harder.
It’s a long trip, but Cup quarter finals don’t come around very often.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 pm on 9 February 2014
Scottish Cup Round 5, Recreation Park, 8/2/14.
We dominated the first half of this and only had one hairy moment when Stephen Grindlay made a good stop and Paul McGinn didn’t look favourite for the rebound but still managed to scoop it away. The goal was well worked, Scott Agnew did brilliantly to bring the ball down and then hooked it across goal for Colin Rhyming Slang to volley in from close range. Then Chris Kane won himself a penalty – almost a carbon copy of the incident in the recent league game but this one was more definite. Unfortunately his shot was a carbon copy of the previous one and the keeper saved it (while injuring himself in the process.)
The second half was a bit more even but we were really troubled only twice – another great stop from Stephen Grindlay and an absolutely magnificent goal line clearance from Andy Graham after it looked a certain goal. Scott Linton hit the bar with a belter but the game was pretty scruffy and scrappy in the latter stages.
So a Cup quarter-final to look forward to. When was the last time we had one of those? Was it 1979? I don’t remember one since.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 7:40 pm on 6 February 2014
SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 5/2/14
I wasn’t at the game and didn’t catch up with the result till late today.
Not a bad result considering we were down to ten men early in the second half – before there was any scoring.
A good effort from the lads to come from behind twice when a man down.
With Saturday’s Cup game at Alloa in mind I hope not too much was taken out of them.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 pm on 3 February 2014
SPFL Tier 2, New Douglas Park, 1/2/14
I’d have taken this before the game. I’ll take it even more after we went 3-2 down with two minutes to go. But up popped Chris Kane with the equaliser a minute later.
I “watched” this on the videoprinter from about 4.30. I hadn’t felt up to the trip across.
From the report on Sportscene Results it sounded like Stephen Grindlay had twice spilled the ball to lead to Acxcies goals.
But not much damage done; only one place lost.
Amazingly we are now the outright top goalscorers in the Division, two better off than Dundee. Our defensive record is the third worst though.
Big week now. Home to Livingston on Wednesday then a chance to reach a Cup quarter-final at Alloa on Saturday. I’m not expecting that game to be a 5-1 away win again.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 pm on 19 January 2014
SPFL Tier 2, Recreation Park, 18/1/14.
Stunning. Simply Stunning. I’d never envisioned this when I looked towards this match.
I can’t remember seeing such a one-sided first half when we were the side on top – especially away from home. (Even the 6-0 at East Fife two and a half years ago wasn’t so lop-sided.) We were two-nil up, at 30 mins in, before they had a decent attack. Stephen Grindlay had had only pass backs and one pick up to deal with until after Mark McLaughlin deflected a cross in and Chris Turner got his head onto another. He did have to make a save from close-in header at 2-0, though. Chris Kane had hit the bar about 5 mins in and late in the first half converted a chase with their keeper to the corner of the box into a penalty which he took himself. There was contact but he’d seen it coming and didn’t avoid it. 3-0 at half time was already dreamland. I’d worked out that our goal difference – not to mention our points – was now better than Alloa’s.
They came out a bit more fired up in the second half but couldn’t make any impression. Jordan Kirkpatrick set up a shooting chance for himself but his piledriver just cleared the post, Mark Gilhaney had a great chance, one-on-one with the keeper whom he rounded but sent his shot over. (Well, we were shooting downhill by then.) They, however, ran up the park and scored but only while Mitch Megginson was temporarily laid out in our penalty area.
Any thoughts of a comeback were snuffed out when a cross reached Chris Kane – what a worker he is; brave too – he played for about an hour with a bandage up his nose after a clash. He ought to have put the cross in with his first touch but instead it teed up for him to belt it past the keeper.
The best was the last, a peach; a superb cross from the right was hit first time on the volley by Jordan Kirkpatrick and rocketed into the net. Jordan’s reward was an immediate substitution! That gave Scott Agnew some game time though.
Brilliant performance. Pass marks all round, I even noticed Colin Rhyming Slang making defensive clearances. Alloa were much poorer than I’d thought they would be. No need for Paul Hartley to chuck in the towel as their manager after the game, I’d have thought though.
Moreover, an unlikely concatenation of results means we’re now fourth in the table. In a promotion play-off spot. Our highest league position in 30 years.*
When will I wake up?
*Edited to add: Our highest league position in nigh on 30 years.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 pm on 12 January 2014
SPFL Tier 2, Central Park, 11/1/14.
A great win, thoroughly deserved, which takes us 17 points clear of Morton and 9 above Cowden. Mind you, the start was a bit iffy.
The first back pass Stephen Grindlay had to deal with he managed to hit an attacker with and it rebounded to another Cowden player who promptly laid it across goal where the scorer couldn’t miss. Amazingly we were level within about a minute after some ping-pong in their box when Colin Rhyming Slang hit the loose ball home.
We dominated the rest of the half and Mitch Megginson finished well after being put through the middle. The defender who tried to take him out got a yellow card for his trouble. In the meantime Chris Kane also got past a last defender but neither the lino nor the ref saw the jersey pull which stopped him getting his shot away.
They had an opportunity to score again but Stephen Grindlay got a foot in the way. Paul McGinn was right through but clipped his shot just over. Their equaliser came when Stephen Grindlay looked to have an easy clutch but somehow let it spill into a Cowden player.
In the second half we scored early, Chris Kane, who looks to have a bit of pace and effort in him, was well placed to finish off a fine passing move.
Thereafter we sat back a bit and allowed Cowden too much of the ball. They had a free-kick which rattled the bar as the sum total of their threat though and we looked dangerous on the counter, which is where the clincher came from, another great piece of interplay resulting in Mitch getting his second.
The only real chance we gave up came right at the end when one of their players was free in the box but couldn’t get his head to it properly.
I must say Colin Rhyming Slang had a good game today, winning a fair number of aerial balls and having some neat touches as well as scoring.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 8:02 pm on 4 January 2014
SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 4/1/14.
This’ll do. Two points at home,* a clean sheet and now fifteen points ahead of the bottom club with 17 games left. Debutant loanee Chris Kane got on the score sheet too and it seems Colin Rhyming Slang provided the cross for it. Plus it restored the gap with Cowdenbeath to two wins and took us above Queen of the South.
It’s not secure yet by any means. Cowden can haul us back in again next week at their place. A draw wouldn’t be bad for us, a win would be magic.
*Edited to add: Did anyone spot the error? When I was a lad it was two points, now of course it’s three for a win.