Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sons under-19s beaten by Spartans

DUMBARTON'S under-19s have gone out of the Scottish FA Youth Cup at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh this afternoon, after a 4-3 defeat to Spartans FC in a lively and competitive match.

Sons had a good proportion of the possession in the first half, but found themselves three down to quick counter-attacking goals. Ryan Metcalfe and Ross Harvie had chances before Gary McKell pulled one back for Dumbarton, only for Spartans to strike back immediately, making it 4-1 to the home side at the break.

In the second period, Sons pushed forward strongly, and Reese Pearson scored a brace to narrow the gap to 4-3. But Kevin Murphy's team could not quite achieve the dramatic comeback they were aiming for, and which the enthusiastic band of travelling supporters were urging from the touchline.

An otherwise entertaining game with some good touches and performances was marred somewhat by a surprising spate of red cards. Three players from each side were sent off for infringements ranging from a push and a dive to offensive language.(11 Sep 2011).

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