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Semi-Final Draw

So it’s off to Oswestry, to play a Welsh team, in England, in a Scottish cup competition. The ways of the modern football world are bizarre.

We’ve drawn The New Saints away in the Challenge Cup*.

It’s a long way but I’ll need to keep the weekend of the 17th and 18th of February free, just in case.

*Irn Bru Cup.

Dumbarton 2-0 Raith Rovers

Scottish Challenge Cup*, Fourth Round, The Rock, 11/11/17.

A historic moment. Certainly the first time we’ve won four games in this tournament in the one season and also the first time we’ve reached its semi-final.

This will be our first national cup semi-final since we lost to Hearts after a replay in nineteen hundred and long time ago.

Plus it’s our first ever international cup semi-final given that Irish and Welsh teams are now allowed in it.

Heady stuff. Congratulations to the lads and manager.

*I suppose I’ll have to mention the sponsors now. It’s officially the Irn Bru Cup.

Brechin City 0-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Glebe Park, 4/11/17.

So, a welcome return to the Glebe. Though the beech hedge has been given a terrible scalping.

This was a reminder of what lower league Scottish football is all about. Standing on the touchline two feet from the referee’s assistant, hearing all the verbals between the players. Pity about the standard of the football….

This was a bit of huff and puff, not much real quality on show. Not surprising really considering the import of the game. Plus we were missing about six players for various reasons.

We had much the best of the first half and made a few openings but nothing ever quite clear cut, Brechin always getting a body in the way. During a succesion of corners which all came to nothing I began to wonder if we’d suffer a sucker punch in the second half.

That looked more likely after the interval as we fell badly out of it and Brechin pressed. But they didn’t open us up either; only a long range effort put Scott Gallacher under any pressure but it cannoned off the top of the bar. This was the sort of game which our Dimitris could have made his own and the absence of Christian Nade shows how little we have in the way of aerial threat without him.

With a few minutes left the ball fell to Tom Walsh in Brechin’s box. Here’s the chance I thought. His shot too went over. That there was at least two points gone, it seemed.

That reckoned without Chris McLaughlin who got down the line one more time and whipped over his cross into that six yard danger area. It bounced off a Brechin player and towards the goal. It felt like it took ages before trundling into the back of the net. It’s the sort of goal a team concedes when nothing is going for it. Brechin must have been gutted.

Yet overall we deserved the win I would say, especially for our first half dominance. Special mention to Kyle Hutton, who gets a lot of stick from Sons fans but more or less ruled the midfield today. His long passing can be awry but when he keeps it short things are better.

Dumbarton 0-2 Dundee United

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 28/10/17.

Seems like this was a bad one.

If only they hadn’t punted their manager during the week….. We did well against him when he was in post.

And Inverness CT’s sudden discovery of form has put us down a place.

I now have the fear for next Saturday at Brechin. Even this early it looks like a crunch game. If we lose it gives them heart and makes our job of ending above them more problematic. They’ll be targetting this, I have no doubt.

Good Signing News

Not a new signing but our Dimitris (spelled Dimitrios in the link for some reason, though the squad list has Dimitris) Froxylias, who seems to have been dubbed “Jimmy”, has signed an extension to the season’s end.

Well, his defensive contribution may be iffy but his attacking instincts and ball control are an asset. Something to build on for the rest of the season.

Morton 1-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Cappielow Park, 21/10/17.

Well, I’d have taken this before the game. A point away from home especially against a team above us in the league is never a bad thing. Plus we had a few out with injury.

But we could have done without Inverness Caley Thistle beating Dundee Utd…

Third Round Cup Opponents

Sons have drawn Elgin City at home in the Scotish Cup third round. The game is to be played on the third weekend in November.

Dumbarton 0-2 St Mirren

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 14/10/17.

Well, that’s the winning run at home gone, then.

To be expected when you’re playing the league leaders, even if they haven’t won at our place for nigh on twenty years.

Not much damage done, though, with none of the teams below us mustering a win.

Challenge Cup Quarter-Final

Sons have been drawn to face Raith Rovers, on the second weekend in November, again at home – the fourth such tie this season.

Only our second ever quarter-final in this competition. The last one was so long ago I forget when it was and who it was against.

Dumbarton 2-1 Stranraer

Scottish Challenge Cup*, Third Round, The Rock, 6/10/17.

An odd night statistically. I’m sure that’s the first time we’ve won three Challenge Cup ties in one season and it marks four home games in a row we’ve won 2-1 – and the away game in that sequence was lost by the same score. And we don’t usually beat Stranraer.

I must say Stranraer turned out for this in an ugly black strip with horrible luminous yellow flashings and socks.

We should have had this dead and buried after ten minutes. At least four great chances in that time. Mark Stewart charged down a defender’s forward pass and set up Calum Gallagher who didn’t shoot first time but instead dollied round another defender and his subsequent shot was saved by the keeper’s legs. Then a Chris McLaughlin cross gave Calum Gallagher a free header and he didn’t get anything like enough on it. The goal came after a fine driving run into the box from David Wilson to set up Craig Barr who still had a lot to do but did it superbly. A minute or so later Dimitris Froxylias hit a chance over the bar. Pretty much it for the half except for Scott Gallacher going off to be replaced by Jamie Ewings and us letting Stranraer have too much possession.

Second half followed the pattern of the latter part of the first but we always looked comfortable. Scott Agnew (formerly of this parish) pinged over a few great cross-fields balls with that left foot of his but was otherwise uninfluential.

The game was all but over when Tom Walsh skinned the full back yet again and put over a beautiful cross. Mark Stewart showed Calum Gallagher how it’s done.

Froxy did track back more than I’ve seen him but when on the ball occasionally tried too much. He was perhaps a bit too cute with a late shot which was deflected then cleared off the line.

They had a couple of moments from corners where the ball flashed across the box but were nowhere near clinical and only two shots, both long range, on target in all of normal time both of which Jamie Ewings dealt with easily. Three minutes stoppage time was announced and I thought we might actually get a clean sheet. But another poorly given away and defended corner led to them scoring with the second last touch of the game.

It’s the first time I’ve seen us win this season, since late January at Raith in fact.

I’m glad we’re not in the third tier. I thought Stranraer were brutal (football fan speak for not very entertaining.)

*Irn Bru Cup if you must.

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