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Dumbarton 1 Montrose 3

Montrose were forced into making changes for this game at Dumbarton with Aidan Quinn, Kerr Waddell, Terry Masson, Lewis Milne and full-back Cammy Ballantyne all unavailable.

The starting line-up was Lennox, Watson, Steeves, Allan, Dillon, Whatley, Webster, Cammy F, Johnston, Callaghan and Lyons. Even the bench was not fully occupied as only Antoniazzi, Ross Campbell, Brown, Keatings and Fleming were there. It just emphasises the strength in depth of the current Mo squad that a solid away win was still possible and that’s exactly what happened.

Referee Grant Irvine started the game in very wet conditions but nothing quite like it was in the previous game against Airdrie. There were early attacks by both sides and Matty Allan did well to stop a good chance for Dumbarton with a timely interception in the 4th minute. The Sons spurned another chance moments later with a 30 yarder which was last seen heading towards the river behind the goalmouth. Blair Lyons was first to threaten at the other end but his shot was blocked and Callaghan volleyed the rebound wide. As Dumbarton swept to the other end a cross from the right was headed onto the post and gratefully caught then by Lennox.
The first goal came on 15 minutes to Dumbarton as they swept down the centre following a long clearance and CONNOR DUTHIE was quickest to slot it past Lennox to make it 1-0

Webster tested keeper Ramsbottom from the restart and Johnston almost stole the ball from in front of the keeper but just failed to connect. The Montrose equaliser wasn’t long in coming however and came on 32 minutes when Lyons was tripped in the box and GRAHAM WEBSTER lashed home the penalty to make it 1-1

Three minutes later the game was turned in its head and Montrose were ahead following a great move involving Lyons, Johnson and GRAHAM WEBSTER who hit a fierce shot from the left corner of the 18-yard area past Ramsbottom and into the far bottom corner. 2-1 to the Mo on 35 minutes and that’s how it stayed at half-time although Lennox saved well just before the whistle when in a 1-on-1 situation.

No changes for the second half as Dumbarton came out in determined mood. Blair Lyons was yellow carded on 50 minutes and Greggan of Dumbarton also saw yellow a couple of minutes later for a foul on Webster. Dumbarton were applying pressure as we approached the hour mark but were largely restricted to long range efforts and lacked a killer touch in the final third of the pitch. It was LIAM CALLAGHAN who showed how it was done when he made it 3-1 to Montrose on 60 minutes as he cut in from the right, weaved his way across the 18-yard box, saw a shooting chance and buried it in style.

That was a sign for Dumbarton to make a double change with Stokes and Wilson off to be replaced by MacLean and Shiavone. Montrose responded on 68 minutes with Lyons off and Brown on. Johnston hooked one over the bar following a quick throw in by Webster and although maybe could have done better with the chance it must be said CJ otherwise did his job well and maybe doesn’t get full credit for the work rate he puts in up front.

Past the 70-minute mark and more changes with Greggan replaced by McKee off for Dumbarton and for Montrose it was Johnston off for Keatings. Lots more pressure from Dumbarton but Montrose stood firm and created chances themselves as the clock ticked down and Webster was replaced by Antoniazzi on 88 minutes.

It finished at 3-1 to Montrose who deserved the points. Dumbarton played neat football at times but it was the Mo who converted chances into goals and that’s what wins games.

Lennox again did all that was asked of him, Webster did what he does best and the central pair of Allan and Dillon did well but the Man of the Match today goes to Craig Johnston whose work rate in closing down and harassing defenders often goes unnoticed but has a great bearing on the result – and it did today.

Report by Steve Doyle

Team Lineups & Stats

cinch League 1

Saturday 11th December 2021



1  Sam Ramsbottom
21  Aaron Lennox
8  Andy Geggan (s74)
8  Paul Watson (c)
3  Pat Boyle
3  Andrew Steeves
4  Edin Lynch
4  Matty Allan
5  Greg Buchanan (c)
14  Seán Dillon
15  Carlo Pignatiello
15  Mark Whatley (s76)
18  Paul Paton
7  Graham Webster (s89)
7  Conner Duthie
20  Cammy F Ballantyne
9  Kalvin Orsi
16  Craig Johnston
10  Eoghan Stokes (s64)
19  Liam Callaghan
19  Callum Wilson (s64)
11  Blair Lyons (s68)
11  Ross MacLean (s64)
12  Chris Antoniazzi (s89)
14  Joe McKee (s74)
10  Ross Campbell
20  Sam Muir
22  Craig Brown (s68)
22  Kirk McKnight
9  James Keatings (s76)
24  Evan Maley
1  Allan Fleming (GK)
25  Ryan Shiavone (s64)
21  Patrick O'Neill (GK)

Grant Irvine

Assistant Referees:
Graham Chambers, Gordon McCabe

Dumbarton - Conner Duthie (15)
Montrose - Graham Webster (32pen, 35), Liam Callaghan (60)

Yellow Cards:
Dumbarton - Andy Geggan (52)
Montrose - Blair Lyons (50)

Red Cards:



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