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Nae Luck…..

Dumbarton did very well against the second best team in Scotland yesterday in their first Scottish Cup quarter final in 35 years. A combination of events though, seemed to conspire against the wee team on the day. Before kick off we learned that our talisman midfielder and without question our best player this season, Chris Turner was not going to be fit for the tie. Central defender Mark McLaughlin was also out through injury and fellow central defender Andy Graham was carrying a knock.

The Sons had a couple of decent penalty claims turned down. One where Russell Anderson had Chris Kane in a bear hug was a particular let off for the home side. Another incident involving the same two players, where the former upended the latter in the box, ended with a free kick (I think for offside) the other way. I’d have liked to have seen the replay on TV but they managed to edit that one out on Sportscene.


The game from our vantage point

That said Aberdeen looked fairly slick in the second half as their superior fitness told. A needless concession of a corner allowed them the opportunity to score the winning goal, which Adam Rooney gratefully accepted. Keeper Grindlay’s full stretch dive being performed a split second too late to impede the progress of the striker’s bulleted header.


The local paper handed out Ian Murray masks before the trip.

Full back Paul McGinn had a chance to equalise late on with a header and should have done better with it. However manager Ian Murray, in his post match interview, praised McGinn for being in the position to make an attempt. Good man management from the gaffer.


Some of the assembled nutters.

More than 600 Sons fans made the trip and stood, yes stood and sang and chanted for the whole 90 minutes. Late in the first half when the linesman called a ball in that was obviously out the Dons fans behind the goal let out howls of anguish, to which the away fans responded “We forgot that you were there” to the tune of Cwm Rhondda.

A grand day oot and I think the Dons will be glad that one is out of the way.


6 Responses

  1. Ian Murray masks? You can use them again at Halloween I suppose.
    Good effort by your boys.

  2. “Dumbarton did very well against the second best team in Scotland yesterday” – Aberdeen? My erse!!

  3. Does anyone remember the days when players would only miss an important game like this if they had a broken leg? And only if it was broken in two places!!!!!!

  4. Wish I’d been there. Paid DonsTV all of 99p to watch it live and all I got was was the most biased, ill-informed radio commentary ever. Should’ve known better: that’s Furryboots City for you.

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