Arbroath 0 - 0 Dumbarton

Saturday 12th May 2012

Sons hang on to seal final spot

Dumbarton made it through to the First Division play-off final after a goalless draw at Arbroath gave them a 2-1 aggregate win.

They were indebted to goalkeeper Stephen Grindley for preserving their first-leg lead and securing a promotion showdown with Airdrie.

Grindley pulled off a fine save to tip a curling 25-yard free-kick from Gavin Swankie around a post eight minutes into the second half.

And moments later he surpassed that with another superb stop to keep out Steven Doris' close-range header from Swankie's corner.

Swankie and Stuart Malcolm both fired wide as Arbroath laid siege to the Dumbarton goal, but they could not level the tie and face another season in Division Two.

Mark Gilhaney almost got on target for the visitors late on but Darren Hill tipped his shot over.

OfficialCraig Thomson
Attendance1,454
VenueGayfield Park
Kick Off
Arbroath 0 - 0 Dumbarton
1:12
Offside flag raised against Craig Dargo
1:14
Free Kick taken by Stuart Malcolm
1:48
Cross from Gavin Swankie
1:55
Cross from Joshua Falkingham
1:57
Clearance by Martin McNiff
2:33
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the left penalty area
2:53
Clearance by Alan Lithgow
3:06
Cross from Gavin Swankie
3:14
Clearance by Dominic Kennedy
3:18
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the left byline going out of play
3:36
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
5:35
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
5:36
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
7:33
Foul on Scott Agnew
7:39
Free Kick taken by Bryan Prunty
8:18
Shot taken by Bryan Prunty with his right foot
8:24
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
8:49
Cross from Liam Caddis
9:58
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
10:04
Free Kick taken by Chris Innes
10:23
Cross from Gavin Swankie
10:26
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
14:07
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
14:11
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
14:28
Foul on Bryan Prunty
14:33
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow from the right wing
14:57
Cross from Alan Lithgow
14:59
Clearance by Chris Innes
17:31
Cross from Gavin Swankie
17:45
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
18:33
Cross from Liam Caddis
18:37
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
19:06
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
19:07
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
19:41
Cross from Mark Gilhaney
19:43
Clearance by Mark Baxter
20:18
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the centre penalty area
20:49
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
20:58
Foul on Liam Caddis
21:01
Free Kick taken by Liam Caddis from the right wing
21:11
Cross from Liam Caddis
21:14
Shot taken by Chris Innes from the centre penalty area
21:33
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
22:43
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
23:33
Cross from Mark Gilhaney
23:37
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
24:51
Foul on Kevin Nicoll
24:58
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
25:06
Cross from Scott Agnew
25:07
Clearance by Stuart Malcolm
25:38
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
26:04
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
27:20
Cross from Scott Agnew
27:26
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
30:43
Cross from Craig Dargo
30:44
Clearance by Mark Baxter
31:02
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
31:03
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
31:30
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline
31:44
Clearance by Kieran McAnespie
31:47
Corner taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
32:24
Foul on Joshua Falkingham
32:30
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
35:27
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
35:28
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
36:21
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
36:24
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
36:50
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie using his left foot
37:04
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
38:12
Cross from Mark Baxter
38:14
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
38:56
Shot taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot
39:15
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
40:04
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline
40:37
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
41:08
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
41:42
Foul on Steven Doris
41:54
Free Kick taken by Kieran McAnespie
42:28
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
43:07
Cross from Scott Agnew
43:48
Foul on Scott Agnew
43:51
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow
44:58
Foul on Kieran McAnespie
45:00+0:05
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
45:00+0:32
Shot taken by Bryan Prunty with his right foot from the left penalty area
45:00+1:06
Block taken by Darren Hill
45:00+1:52
Cross from James Creaney
45:00+1:57
Save made by Darren Hill
Half Time
Arbroath 0 - 0 Dumbarton
Second Half Started
Arbroath 0 - 0 Dumbarton
45:19
Shot taken by Joshua Falkingham with his right foot
45:24
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
45:44
Cross from Gavin Swankie
46:03
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
48:47
Shot taken by Steven Doris using his left foot from the left penalty area
49:03
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
50:44
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
52:29
Foul on Anthony Wallace
52:32
Free Kick taken by Alan Lithgow from the right wing
53:25
Foul on Liam Caddis
53:29
BOOKING: Kevin Nicoll of Dumbarton given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
54:04
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
54:12
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
54:18
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
54:26
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline
54:35
Cross from Paul Sheerin
54:38
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left penalty area
54:57
Block taken by Alan Lithgow
55:01
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
55:27
Shot taken by Steven Doris from the centre penalty area
55:36
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
55:46
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
56:08
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm from the centre penalty area
56:26
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
57:00
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie using his left foot from the right penalty area
57:17
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
58:34
Corner taken by Paul Sheerin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
58:56
Clearance by Dominic Kennedy
59:01
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
59:18
Foul on Stephen Grindlay
59:29
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
61:18
Foul on Gavin Swankie
61:21
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
61:48
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
61:57
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
62:01
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
62:17
Cross from Joshua Falkingham
62:21
Shot taken by Steven Doris from the left six yard line
62:40
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
63:15
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline
63:42
Substitution for Dumbarton: Patrick Walker on for Craig Dargo
64:27
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
65:35
Foul on Dominic Kennedy
65:50
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
66:20
Foul on Steven Doris
66:34
Free Kick taken by Gavin Swankie
67:00
Shot taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot
67:13
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
68:23
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot
68:33
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
70:10
Cross from Paul Sheerin
70:44
Shot taken by Keith Gibson with his right foot
70:58
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
72:00
Foul on Martin McNiff
72:30
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
72:43
Foul on Bryan Prunty
72:46
Free Kick taken by Scott Agnew
73:19
Shot taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot
73:26
Substitution for Arbroath: Collin Samuel on for Paul Sheerin
73:53
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
75:36
Foul on Chris Innes
75:45
Free Kick taken by Chris Innes
77:45
Shot taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot from the right penalty area
77:52
Save made by Darren Hill
78:02
Corner taken by Scott Agnew using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
78:13
Clearance by Gavin Swankie
78:58
Offside flag raised against Gavin Swankie
78:59
Free Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
79:39
Shot taken by Steven Doris with his right foot from the right penalty area
79:45
Save made by Stephen Grindlay
80:16
Substitution for Dumbarton: Ally Graham on for Bryan Prunty
81:18
Foul on Stuart Malcolm
81:22
Free Kick taken by Darren Hill
82:07
Cross from Mark Gilhaney
82:12
Save made by Darren Hill
83:16
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
84:08
Goal Kick taken by Darren Hill
85:02
Shot taken by Mark Gilhaney with his right foot
85:18
Save made by Darren Hill
85:40
Cross from Gavin Swankie
86:48
Substitution for Arbroath: Brian Kerr on for Liam Caddis
87:45
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
88:24
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
90:00+0:19
Corner taken by Gavin Swankie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
90:00+0:36
Clearance by Alan Lithgow
90:00+1:04
Shot taken by Stuart Malcolm with his right foot from the left six yard line
90:00+1:22
Goal Kick taken by Stephen Grindlay
90:00+2:19
Cross from Kieran McAnespie
Full Time
Arbroath 0 - 0 Dumbarton

Arbroath

vs

Dumbarton

0
Goals
0
18
Shots
6
9
On Target
3
9
Off Target
3
15
Crosses
9
11
Corners
4
31
Throw Ins
26
4
Saves
10
7
Clearances
5
8
Goal Kicks
18
1
Blocks
1
13
Free Kicks
14
5
Offside
1
0
Yellow Cards
1

Arbroath

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Darren Hill
02.Mark Baxter
03.Stuart Malcolm
04.Chris Innes
05.Liam Caddis 87+0' Tactical
06.Kieran McAnespie
07.Joshua Falkingham
08.Keith Gibson
09.Paul Sheerin 74+0' Tactical
10.Gavin Swankie
11.Steven Doris

Substitutes

12.Michael White
13.Beau Busch
14.Brian Kerr 87+0' Tactical
15.Connor Birse
16.Collin Samuel 74+0' Tactical

Dumbarton

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Stephen Grindlay
03.James Creaney
04.Alan Lithgow
07.Anthony Wallace
16.Dominic Kennedy
05.Martin McNiff
08.Kevin Nicoll
08.Kevin Nicoll (54+0: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Scott Agnew
06.Mark Gilhaney
09.Bryan Prunty 81+0' Tactical

Substitutes

11.Craig Dargo 64+0' Tactical
19.Jamie Ewings
14.James Lyden
15.David Gray
16.Patrick Walker 64+0' Tactical
17.Ally Graham 81+0' Tactical

Sheerin looks to mastermind turnaround

Arbroath player/manager Paul Sheerin is his side's only injury doubt for the second leg of their First Division play-off semi-final against Dumbarton.

Sheerin suffered a rib problem during Wednesday's 2-1 first-leg defeat and will be assessed ahead of the encounter, while Lee Sibanda misses out through suspension.

Sheerin is set to freshen up his line-up and tactics, as he explained: "We played with only one man up front in the first leg but I will change that as we need to get a goal at some stage during the game.

"The most important thing for us is not to panic as we have shown this season we can score goals.

"It may take time but we have to remember that we only need the one goal in the 90 minutes to give us a chance of winning the tie in extra-time or penalties."

Dumbarton striker Bryan Prunty is expected to be available for the encounter despite picking up an eye injury in the first leg.

Sons defender Paul Nugent is suspended and manager Alan Adamson's options are restricted as Ryan Finnie and Mark Lamont both remain out with ankle injuries.

However, on-loan Falkirk youngster Ally Graham could return after missing out in midweek.

Adamson said: "The first meeting was a great result earned in a really good end-to-end game and I would imagine the second leg will be the same. Arbroath can score goals so we need to be on our guard throughout while also looking to add to our lead.

"All season our guys have battled and we will need those battling qualities again."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 36 40 79
2 Dundee 36 10 55
3 Falkirk 36 5 52
4 Up Hamilton Accies 36 -1 49
5 Down Livingston 36 2 48
6 Partick Thistle 36 11 47
7 Up Raith Rovers 36 -3 44
8 Down Morton 36 -15 42
9 Ayr United 36 -23 38
10 Queen of South 36 -26 32

Updated 5/05/2012 at 17:00

 
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