Dumbarton 0 - 0 Forfar Athletic 

League - Second Division
Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 787
Referee: Des Roache
Dumbarton v Forfar Athletic, May 7th 2011, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Forfar Athletic

None. None.

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Martin McNiff
Paul Nugent
Ben Gordon
James Creaney
Jordan Halsman
Nicky Devlin
Andy Geggan
Mark Gilhaney
Jon McShane
Pat Walker
Neil Duffy
Mark Campbell
David Mowat
Jamie Bishop
Greg Ross
Stephen Tulloch
Barry Sellars
Graham Gibson
Callum Smith
Brian Deasley
Dale Hilson

Michael White
Iain Chisholm
Reece Pearson
Ryan Metcalf
Kieran Brannan
Grant Dobbie
Darren Brady
Mark McCulloch
Martyn Fotheringham
Ryan Dow

Kieran Brannan for Jordan Halsman (75)
Ryan Metcalf for Pat Walker (85)
Ryan Dow for Callum Smith (72)
Martyn Fotheringham for Graham Gibson (80)
Mark McCulloch (85)

Nicky Devlin (23)
Pat Walker (73)
Paul Nugent (81)
Barry Sellars (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 223 apps -
Martin McNiff 47 apps1 goal
Paul Nugent 34 apps -
Ben Gordon 114 apps7 goals
James Creaney 26 apps -
Jordan Halsman 14 apps2 goals
Nicky Devlin 24 apps -
Andy Geggan 166 apps10 goals
Mark Gilhaney 29 apps9 goals
Jon McShane 31 apps13 goals
Pat Walker 24 apps9 goals
Ryan Metcalf (sub) 4 apps -
Kieran Brannan (sub) 42 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (17 years 206 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 62 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 215 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (17 years 206 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 62 days)
Average Player Age:22 years 250 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Dumbarton ended a difficult season positively at SHS, claiming only their fourth clean sheet this term in a quiet 0-0 home draw against Forfar Athletic. The result also means that Sons have finished in a respectable seventh position in Irn Bru SFL Division.

In an encounter that had a definite 'end of season' feel about it from the outset, both teams moved the ball around in midfield but created precious few chances throughout the first half.

Forfar's Bryan Deasley weaved around the Dumbarton defence on two occasions, running out of space and options the first time, and then laying off a header to Calum Smith which ended up nestling safely in the arms of Sons 'keeper Stephen Grindlay at the second attempt.

Mark Gilhaney engineered a couple of chances from 20 yards for Dumbarton. However the home team's first clear goal opportunity came on 38 minutes, when Pat Walker set up Jon McShane for a powerful shot that blazed just past Loons' last man Neill Duffy.

Jordan Halsman placed another good shot from just outside the area shortly afterwards, but it too ended up careering wide.

Neither side generated much more for the remainder of the first period, and when the wind and rain set in during the opening minutes of the second half it looked as if the stasis would continue.

However Dumbarton soon began to press again. The industrious and determined Pat Walker had the first real opening, latching onto the ball at Forfar's near post and whipping it towards the goal but into the side netting, almost opening Sons' account.

Mark Gilhaney swung a good cross in from the far side of the pitch a few minutes later, but there was no-one coming forward able to connect with it.

Then Mark Campbell had a further attempt for Forfar, before Walker forced a fine save out of Duffy, and Jon McShane used the back of his head to flick a short cross over the Loons' back two - but not their number one.

Stephen Tulloch came very close for Forfar on 74 minutes, connecting with a right-angled cross while feet away from the Dumbarton goal. He prodded the ball just wide with his head, however. Sons 'keeper Stephen Grindlay also made a good stop from the Loons' Barry Sellars.

Jordan Halsman was replaced by Keiran Brannan for Sons, and later on Pat Walker came off to huge applause from the home support. He gave way to Ryan Metcalfe.

The last quarter-hour of the season saw several niggling fouls but little in terms of further footballing creativity, until Sons launched several last minute attacks and survived a final one from Forfar themselves.

Hometown hero Paul Nugent was made Man of the Match for his defensive endeavours by game sponsors the Sonstrust.

The match was not the most compelling of the season, but it left Dumbarton supporters with a point, that precious clean sheet, and the sense of a job really well done in recovering effectively from a near disastrous start to the campaign back in the summer of 2010.

Match report by Simon Barrow


Programme cover / Team sheet