February Results:

Morton 0 – 0 Dumbarton

Dumbarton 1 – 1 Elgin

Dundee P – P Dumbarton

Dumbarton 0 –1 Queen’s Park

Dumbarton 4 – 4 Ayr United

THERE have been numerous coaching reshuffles with the under-17s as the second half of the season gets under way.

With the departure of Frazer Wright to Stirling Albion, coach William Torrance is now being assisted by Dumbarton’s Head of Youth Development Tony McNally.

Ross Lyden and Lewis Crawford are stepping into the first fold this season.

And more recently the promotion of Kyle Prior to the first team has shown the development program and structure put in place this season has been working and the implementation from the coaches and staff has been carried out well.

Their last game of the month saw Lyden make a scoring return from a 10-week spell on the sidelines against Ayr. The midfielder was out with an MCL injury, with goals also scored by Max Montgomery, Kieran Douglas and David Connolly Allan Hamilton joined the youth academy as goalkeeping Coach who has been breath of fresh air for the players and been a great addition to the environment.

Stuart McGunnigle has also joined with the movement of previous physio Matthew Gallagher to Canada to work with a sports club which shows not only the progress of player development this season but also staff development, which goes well for the club and opportunities giving to young people in the game. Club chaplain John MacGregor has joined the academy as child protection officer.

Tony McNally said: “It’s a big position at the club making sure the kids have a safe environment to come play their football.

"The club to thank John for his commitment and constant dialogue with McNally on a weekly basis and attending games.”