Kilmarnock 1-0 Dumbarton: Top-flight side strike in injury-time to beat League 2 leaders in Scottish Cup

Kilmarnock v Dumbarton
Jordan Jones scored the only goal of a tight tie

Jordan Jones’ injury-time volley spared Kilmarnock’s blushes and put them into the last 16 of the Scottish Cup at the expense of League 2 Dumbarton.

The leaders of the fourth tier had frustrated the hosts and had a David Wilson shot saved in the second half.

Dumbarton goalkeeper Brett Long pushed a Christian Doidge shot on to his post.

Daniel Armstrong impressed for Kilmarnock and it was his cross that was headed clear in the 91st minute, but only as far as Jones who scored.

After draining matches against Celtic and Rangers, Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes made six changes for this cup tie.

The hosts set the tone early on with Armstrong, Kerr McInroy and Fraser Murray seeing a lot of the ball in midfield and always looking to pick out Kyle Lafferty or Scott Robinson up front, the duo coming in for Doidge and Kyle Vassell.

Joe Wright volleyed an Armstrong cross over Long’s crossbar early on and the pressure on Stevie Farrell’s team continued as Liam Polworth sent in a dangerous cross and Armstrong worked a one-two and curled a shot wide from 22 yards.

Wright headed wide of the target as Kilmarnock probed for the opener but they were up against a defense guided by captain Gregor Buchanan, who applauded every blocking tackle and headed clearance with relish.

Seven minutes after the restart Dumbarton had their first attempt on goal when Wilson’s low drive was parried by Hemming into the path of Wylde who knocked the ball over the bar from seven yards.

Jones came on for the injured Murray and picked up Polworth’s free-kick and crossed for Taylor whose header was a foot over the bar.

Vassell, on for Lafferty, hit the crossbar with a looping header and the Dumbarton keeper saved well from Armstrong’s drive moments later.

At the other end, Martin McNiff almost pulled off a shock when he drifted into the box and knocked Ryan Wallace’s shot past a Kilmarnock post from eight yards.

That preceded Long’s save from Doidge, but the goalkeeper was finally beaten by Jones in added time.

Player of the match – Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong
For all Dumbarton’s determined defending, it would have been hard on Daniel Armstrong if he had finished on the losing side. The left-sided Kilmarnock midfielder played out on the right wing and was a constant threat to the visitors’ defense with his running and trickery. It was his dangerous cross from him that led to the winner for his team

What the managers said

Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes: “I’m delighted to get through. It was a tough game. We expected that. The credit goes to Dumbarton. They were a credit to their division. They were well set-up. They play very compact: 4-1-4 -1.We didn’t play well enough or with enough time.

“I thought we were a wee bit disjointed, but I have to credit my players because they kept going and it was a moment of real quality from Jordan.”

Dumbarton manager Stevie Farrell: “It’s a hard one to take. We defended really well. I thought we frustrated Kilmarnock for large parts of the game.

“We were prepared for extra-time. Jordan gave them that one bit of quality. He’s hit it really sweet right in to the bottom corner. We go away proud of our achievements today.”

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Hemming
  • 19Wright
  • 5TaylorSubstituted forAlebiosuat 72′minutes
  • 2mayo
  • 11ArmstrongSubstituted forSandersat 90+4′minutes
  • 31Polworth
  • 4Power
  • 21McInroy
  • 15MurraySubstituted forJonesat 59′minutes
  • 28LaffertySubstituted forVassellat 45′minutes
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forDoidgeat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Alston
  • 9Shaw
  • 10Jones
  • 14Sanders
  • 17Lyons
  • 20Walkers
  • 23Vassell
  • 25Alebiosu
  • 26Doidge

Dumbarton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Long
  • 12Lynas
  • 5Buchanan
  • 6Carswell
  • 23McNiff
  • 22BlairBooked at 58mins
  • 7Bears
  • 8Wilson
  • 9LoveSubstituted forGrayat 78′minutes
  • 3WyldeSubstituted forMacLeanat 78′minutes
  • 32WallaceSubstituted forMcLeanat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McGeever
  • 4lynch
  • 11MacLean
  • 16McLean
  • 17Vata
  • 18Gray
  • 21Brown

Referees:
Nick Walsh

Attendance:
3,705

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Player of the match

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Kilmarnock

  1. Squad number2Player namemayo

  2. Squad number16Player nameRobinson

  3. Squad number10Player nameJones

  4. Squad number11Player nameArmstrong

  5. Squad number23Player nameVassell

  6. Squad number31Player namePolworth

  7. Squad number15Player nameMurray

  8. Squad number4Player namePower

  9. Squad number21Player nameMcInroy

  10. Squad number28Player nameLafferty

  11. Squad number1Player nameHemming

  12. Squad number5Player nameTaylor

  13. Squad number19Player nameWright

  14. Squad number25Player nameAlebiosu

  15. Squad number26Player nameDoidge

  16. Squad number14Player nameSanders

Dumbarton

  1. Squad number18Player nameGray

  2. Squad number7Player nameBears

  3. Squad number6Player nameCarswell

  4. Squad number9Player nameLove

  5. Squad number32Player nameWallace

  6. Squad number3Player nameWylde

  7. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  8. Squad number22Player nameBlair

  9. Squad number1Player nameLong

  10. Squad number12Player nameLynas

  11. Squad number11Player nameMacLean

  12. Squad number23Player nameMcNiff

  13. Squad number16Player nameMcLean

  14. Squad number5Player nameBuchanan

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