Dumbarton 1 - 1 Forfar AthleticLeague - Second Division
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Referee: Charlie Richmond
Pat Walker (16)
||Kevin Motion (90)|
|Alan Adamson||Dick Campbell|
David Winters for Pat Walker (75)
Kieran Brannan for Ryan Borris (83)
Kevin Byers for Graham Gibson (68)
Kevin Motion for Ross Campbell (79)
Michael Bolocheweckyj for Nicky Low (86)
Tony Wallace (74)
||Joe Shaughnessy (28)|
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Jamie Ewings (GK)||10 apps||-|
|Alan Lithgow||17 apps||1 goal|
|Paul Nugent||52 apps||-|
|James Creaney||40 apps||-|
|Tony Wallace||16 apps||-|
|Dominic Kennedy||2 apps||-|
|Scott Agnew||18 apps||8 goals|
|Ryan Borris||94 apps||7 goals|
|Mark Gilhaney||48 apps||13 goals|
|Bryan Prunty||18 apps||7 goals|
|Pat Walker||42 apps||11 goals|
|Kieran Brannan (sub)||55 apps||1 goal|
|David Winters (sub)||28 apps||6 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Dominic Kennedy (19 years 236 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Bryan Prunty (28 years 332 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 150 days|
|Domestic Players:||11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Jamie Lyden (18 years 64 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Stephen Grindlay (29 years 272 days)|
|Average Player Age:||24 years 275 days|
|Domestic Players:||16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
KEVIN Motion's late goal helped the Loons rescue a point from a game Dumbarton will be wondering how they failed to win.
Gaffer Adamson shuffled his pack following injuries to defender Martin McNiff and ball winner Kevin Nicoll. On-loan St Mirren youngster Dominic Kennedy replaced McNiff with Tony Wallace retaining his place partnering Scott Agnew.
Mark Gilhaney was restored to the starting line up having been benched at Central Park and youngster Graeme Ramage took his place amongst the substitutes.
Sons looked set to build on the previous week's gritty point taken against the league leaders with a win when Pat Walker ended his goal drought on 15 minutes. The 27-year old scored his second goal of the season when he finished off a superb move involving Gilhaney and Borris.
Walker thought he had doubled the home side's advantage minutes later but his close effort was superbly blocked by a retreating Loons defender.
Mark Gilhaney was next to be disappointed when his in-swinging corner eluded Jamie Langfield but was cleared off the line, and the on-loan Aberdeen keeper had to be lively again when Scott Agnew's 25-yard drive tested his undoubted ability.
Another Gilhaney cross saw Prunty stretch to reach the ball but failing, and at the other end Paul Nugent's timely tackle stopped Forfar getting back level.
The match was being played in terrible overhead conditions with Sons predictably dominating the first half, aided by the now predictable strong wind at their backs. Despite ongoing pressure, Dumbarton could not add to Walker's initial goal and headed into the break just one goal ahead.
The away side started the second period better than Sons, but strangely the home team had the better scoring chance early in the half following a goalmouth scramble that somehow Forfar survived.
Forfar thought they had equalised with ten minutes remaining but a superb clearance with Ewings beaten by Alan Lithgow from sub Kevin Byers looked to have secured all three points for Dumbarton
But in the depths of injury time Sons paid a heavy price for some poor defending. The aforementioned Byers collected a throw-in and lobbed the ball forward for Kevin Motion to connect with his head which trickled beyond Ewings and over the line.
It was a gloomy end to a miserable day, however with other results helping, Sons are back to fourth place and in a play-off slot.
Match report by Alan Findlay