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Dumbarton United extend unbeaten run to 13

Dumbarton United 4

Clifford 27', 38', K Laing 74', J Laing 78'

Oban Saints Youth 2

Dowd 8', Mossman 63'
  • Sunday, 21 February 2016
  • Hermitage Academy
  • Under 15´s
  • DFDL 2001s

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Dumbarton United extended their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Obain Saints, meaning they are now unbeaten in the opening thirteen league games. 
A double from Ryan Clifford and goals from Kieran and Jamie Lang gave United the win over Oban Saints, who had Rory Dowd and Scott Mossman on target.
It was Dumbarton who started on the front foot, twice squandering chances to take the lead. First, Cameron Ritchie’s through ball just evaded Clifford, who slid in at the back post. Then, Dylan Brown’s defence splitting pass found Clifford who rounded the keeper, before Saints defender Jordan MacKay recovered expertly to divert the ball wide.
Down had an exquisite free kick finger tipped over the bar soon after, but with eight minutes played it was Oban who opened the scoring. After a neat interchange of passing that centred around Cameron Kerr, the ball broke to midfielder Rory Dowd, who placed his right footed effort into the bottom corner from twenty yards out.
Midway through the half, United got themselves level. A rasping drive from Ritchie wasn’t held by Ferguson, and Clifford was alert to pounce and slam the ball into the net for his first of the afternoon.
Influential Saints winger Kerr was again involved in a promising move, this time when he was sent through one on one after patient and intricate build up play. The pacey wide men attempted to side foot home, but Evan Currie in the Dumbarton goal spread himself well to deny Kerr.
Having been behind, Dumbarton then took the lead less than ten minutes later. A miscommunication in the Saints defence allowed Clifford a one on one with Ferguson, with the striker slipping the ball under the young stopper to grab his second of the game. 
  • Half Time:
  • Dumbarton United
  • 2-1
  • Oban Saints Youth
Just after the hour mark, Saints struck the equaliser. A ball over the top evaded the United back line, with Scott Mossman on hand to round the advancing goalkeeper and prodding home on the goal line. 
With five minutes left on the clock, the game swung in United’s favour as they were awarded a penalty kick. A bursting run from Cameron Ritchie saw the strike upended in the box, with referee Euan Birss pointing straight to the spot. Kieran Laing assumed responsibility, comfortably dispatching the penalty, leaving Ferguson rooted to the spot.
Two minutes before the end, United sealed the win in unconventional fashion. Good work from Aiden Fleming saw him cross the ball from the left channel, with Jamie Laing on hand to pounce on Ferguson’s spilled effort to seal all three points for Dumbarton United. 
  • Full Time:
  • Dumbarton United
  • 4-2
  • Oban Saints Youth


Dumbarton United
Oban Saints Youth
1. Evan Currie
2. Adam McBride
3. Jack McCallion
4. Dylan Brown
5. Kieran Laing
6. Jamie Laing
7. Ryan Clifford
9. Cameron Ritchie
10. Lewis McCrossan
11. Ronin Ross
14. Aiden Fleming
16. Harry McKinnon
18. Kye McGroggan
19. Declan McMullan
20. Ross Peters
1. Alistair Ferguson
2. Kenny Black
3. Nathan Allan
4. Jordan MacKay
5. Cameron Reid
6. Rory Dowd
7. Sol Smith
9. Keir MacLean
10. Scott Mossman
11. Cameron Kerr
12. Ben Smith
14. Fraser Gillies
16. Joseph Harper
17. Jamie Jordan
Star Player
Dumbarton United
Oban Saints Youth
Ryan Clifford. A good display from the front man that secured himself two goals and his side three points. A nose for goal and the ability to bring others into play.
Rory Dowd. Controlled proceedings from the middle of the park, dictating the tempo of the match with simple passes. Reads the game well and placed his goal right into the corner.
Magic Moment
Dumbarton United
Oban Saints Youth
Dumbarton's second goal showed the attacking threat and goal scoring instinct of United's forward line, combined with the accuracy and build up play.
Dowd's goal from outside the area was a moment of real quality in this top of the table clash, placing the ball with precision beyond the reach of the Dumbarton goalkeeper.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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