February Results:

Dumbarton 2 - 3 Morton

Elgin City 3 - 5 Dumbarton

Dumbarton 3 - 4 Dundee

Queens Park 4 - 2 Dumbarton

The Dumbarton under-13’s squad have endured a frustrating first month of games after the winter break with results not going in their favour.

Having worked incredibly hard on the training field during January to regain their fitness, they kicked off the second half of the season at home to Morton. On the day the players struggled to compete against a decent Morton, losing 3-2. They followed this up with a trip to Elgin, where again the result didn’t go in their favour, this time losing 5-3, to a very direct and physical side.

The following week, they returned home to play Dundee. Having lost 9-0 up there earlier in the season, the players put on a great performance, narrowly losing 4-3.

The last game of the month saw them make a trip to Lesser Hampden to play Queen’s Park.

In what arguably was their best team performance of the whole season, the players put on a great show, that drew huge praise from parents and opposition coaches but on the day key decisions went against them and Queen’s Park ran out 5-2 winners.

Under-13s coach Alistair Macrae said: “Despite results not going their way, the players haven’t sulked or let it get them down and their reaction, week after week, in both training and games, has been fantastic.

“The application put in by everyone has been fantastic and as coaches, seeing what we have worked on in training being taken into a game and how they have developed both individually and as a team is very pleasing.

“Special mention has got to go to the four 2005 players who play with this squad and have found themselves, on occasion, against players two years older than them. But unfazed by this they have put in some fantastic performances.

“Brandon Carmouche also impressed, and is the top scorer for the second half of the season with five goals in four games, having only signed for the club in January.”