Tuesday 23rd July 2019

DUMBARTON put up an organised display against quality Premiership opposition at the C&G Systems Stadium this evening, going down 2-0 to goals either side of the break from Motherwell in the final Group E game in the Betfred Cup.

‘Well brought a mix of youth and experience for this tie, and soon started to press forward aggressively, as expected.

The visitors dominated possession for much of the opening 45 minutes. But Dumbarton defended with tenacity and commitment, countering when they could.

On 42 minutes the assistant referee put his flag up for offside against James Scott, then put it down again. Play continued in the second phase and Christian Ilic slammed the ball home to give Motherwell a 1-0 lead at half time.

After the restart the visitors paced themselves but still kept up momentum.

On 76 minutes ‘Well doubled their lead as Peter Hartley rose unchallenged to nod home a corner and seal the tie.

Full match report and photos now online.

Simon Barrow

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