Saturday 5th December 2020

MICHAEL CARR was preparing for a season with his gloves hung up.

A big chance with Dumbarton has changed everything for the local lad as he made the matchday squad for today’s game away to Partick Thistle.

The youngster, who only turned 16 last Sunday, was pitched into the 18-strong pool as a trialist for the goalless draw at Firhill.

He didn’t get on the pitch, with Kevin Dabrowski keeping goal and making a string of saves. But it remains an experience that the Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School pupil will never forget.

And there was even a moment in the first half when it looked like he may be called upon, with Dabrowski taking a bang to the face in a challenge.

Michael was first given an opportunity to take part in training with the club last month after impressing with local youth side Dumbarton United 2004s, who currently have no fixtures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is a real boost for Sons and local youth football to see a youngster from the area make the club’s matchday squad.

Michael said: “It was a complete shock at first, but learning from Dumbarton have given me a lot of confidence, going from general games in youth football. Dumbarton United’s games are not taking place right now.

“I’ve learned to always stay prepared, but to be honest, Kevin looked alright. Nobody was too worried, but I’d have been ready to go on!

“It’s been really good being involved with Dumbarton. It’s been a bit mental with everything that’s gone on.

“I couldn’t believe it when the opportunity came along to come in and work with Dumbarton. they’re just really good people and really good to learn from.

“Chris Smith is a very experienced goalkeeper and Kevin is young, but gives me tips every day. And I certainly learned a lot from watching him today.

“I’m now back to school on Monday, but I’ll have one or two stories to tell my classmates when I get there!”

Andy Galloway

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