Dumbarton 2 Clydebank 1

By Adam Thomas


Clydebank kicked off their pre-season schedule with a 2-1 defeat to Scottish Championship side Dumbarton on Saturday.

The Bankies had gone in front  at the Dumbarton Football Stadium thanks to Jordan Shelvey capitalising on a defensive mistake, and finishing the move off nicely beating goalkeeper Jamie Ewings in a one-on-one situation.

But the Sons bounced back, equalising before the break via former Rangers forward Calum Gallagher, with substitute Mark Stewart grabbing the win for the home side.

There were a number of absentees from the starting line-up, with new club captain Alan Vezza on holiday, Ross Forsyth ill and Callum Gow and Ciaran Lafferty picking up knocks midweek.

But new signing Ryan Deas made his full debut, with Ross Lyden being introduced from the bench.

Reece Pearson, also started, after re-joining with the Bankies after a three year absence.

Bankies almost got off the an ideal start after a defensive mix-up between the Dumbarton trialists, with Shelvey playing in Deas, but the Sons were able to recover.

Clydebank goalkeeper Josh Lumsden was next to be tested, with winger Chris Johnstone’s deflected shot forcing the former Sons shot-stopper into a save after 10 minutes.

But Bankies were again played in by a defensive mix-up at the back for the hosts, with Jordan Shelvey coolly slotted past Ewings, curling the ball around the goalkeeper to edge the visitors in front after 25 minutes.

Dumbarton came back shortly after the restart, with David Wilson firing a low cross in, Gallagher trying to flick it through his legs but Lumsden comfortably saved.

The lively Shelvey had the best of the chances for the Bankies. Frizzell worked the ball down the right and crossed to Shelvey, with the striker finding the near side netting on 33 minutes.

But Clydebank’s defence was finally broken three minutes before the break. A set-piece was crossed in, with the ball eventually landing at the feet of Gallagher who fired in from close range.

Deas had the first chance of the second half on 55 minutes, his set-piece from 25 yards out was on target but was easy for Ewings to collect.

But the hosts made a raft of changes midway through the second half, with Stewart earning them the lead.

After loose passing from the Bankies, the former Raith striker capitalised on the mistake, running through. Lumsden was able to save the first effort, but the ball rebounded back to the forward who tapped in the rebound.