Dumbarton 0 - 2 Falkirk 

League - First Division
Saturday, October 20th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Bet Butler Stadium
Attendance: 1,041
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v Falkirk, Oct 20th 2012, Bet Butler Stadium
Dumbarton  Falkirk

Goalscorers
None. Lyle Taylor (16)
David Weatherson (32)

Team Managers
Alan Adamson Steven Pressley

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Alan Lithgow
Ross Forsyth
Martin McNiff
Andy Graham
Chris Turner
Phil Johnston
Scott Agnew
Mark Lamont
Garry Fleming
Jim Lister
Michael McGovern
Darren Dods
Jonathan Flynn
Kieran Duffy
Stephen Kingsley
Ryan McGeever
Stuart Murdoch
Blair Alston
Luke Leahy
David Weatherston
Lyle Taylor

Bench
Stephen Grindlay
James Creaney
Mark Gilhaney
Steven McDougall
Bryan Prunty
Graham Bowman
Lewis Small
Andrew Haworth
Conor McGrandles
Chris Smith

Substitutions
Mark Gilhaney for Phil Johnston (61)
Bryan Prunty for Martin McNiff (77)
Chris Smith for Stephen Kingsley (23)
Conor McGrandles for David Weatherson (82)
Andrew Haworth for Lyle Taylor (88)

Bookings
Andy Graham (60)
Martin McNiff (64)
Garry Fleming (76)
Stewart Murdoch (67)
Chris Smith (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 13 apps -
Alan Lithgow 52 apps4 goals
Ross Forsyth 6 apps -
Martin McNiff 90 apps3 goals
Andy Graham 9 apps -
Chris Turner 3 apps -
Phil Johnston 10 apps -
Scott Agnew 52 apps13 goals
Mark Lamont 22 apps -
Garry Fleming 12 apps -
Jim Lister 12 apps5 goals
Mark Gilhaney (sub) 81 apps19 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 52 apps20 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mark Lamont (19 years 263 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 269 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mark Lamont (19 years 263 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 134 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON suffered a dispiriting home defeat against Falkirk, going down 2-0 at the Bet Butler Stadium after a grim opening period and a partial recovery after the break.

It took both sides some time to get a grip on the game in a generally listless and error strewn first half.

On 6 minutes Sons had an early chance when Scott Agnew, just outside the area, took a shot that went wide of the post on the left.

At the other end, the Bairns' David Weatherston dug out a shot that flew over Dumbarton's crossbar.

Shortly afterwards, on 16 minutes, Lyle Taylor opened the scoring with a goal for Falkirk. He pounced on a loose ball from a defensive mix up, driving from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, leaving 'keeper Jamie Ewings no chance.

Dumbarton pushed back, but there still seemed a lack of urgency in their play. The home side was also failing to capitalise on set-play situations, such as a free kick picked up for a foul on Mark Lamont.

On 22 minutes, Falkirk's Stephen Kingsley sustained a knock and left the field to be replaced by Chris Smith.

A foul on Son's Phil Johnston by Lyle Taylor provided another opportunity for Agnew six minutes later.

But things got worse for Dumbarton just after the half hour. David Weatherston made it two for the Bairns from a fast break, when Dumbarton lost the ball in the opponents' area. The assist came from Jonathan Flynn.

It was another situation in which Sons found themselves behind after a slip up and a four-on-two counter attack.

Falkirk looked comfortable going into the break, though in truth neither side was playing with conviction.

The pace increased in the second half and Sons applied far more pressure. Not long after the restart, Alan Lithgow took a shot following an in-swinging corner by Mark Lamont from the left by-line.

Stewart Murdoch got the block in for the visitors, and then Chris Smith made an important clearance from a left-footed corner by Scott Agnew.

A further free kick and shot from Agnew almost brought Sons back into the game, but the Bairns were saved first by Michael McGovern and then by Ryan McGeever.
Dumbarton boss Alan Adamson, in charge for what turned out to be the last time, decided to ring the changes on the hour, bringing on Mark Gilhaney for Phil Johnston.

The tricky winger got straight into the action, harrying the Falkirk defence and trying to open up space for the Sons strike force.

Lamont forced another stop from Bairns' 'keeper McGovern from a well whipped-in corner and Dumbarton surged forward.

The game drifted back and forth, with the home side claiming more possession, but struggling to do anything decisive with it.

On 76 minutes Bryan Prunty came on in place of Martin McNiff, as Sons threw themselves forward in search of a goal, occasionally exposing gaps in the middle of the defence.

As the game began to peter out, Dumbarton had two good final efforts. First, on 78 minutes, a foul by Falkirk's Smith on Garry Fleming resulted in a yellow card and a direct free kick. Chris Turner's shot was fast and hard, skimming off the cross bar.

Then with five minutes of the game left, Jim Lister produced a blistering strike from 18 yards.

But it was not enough and Sons went down to their seventh defeat at the end of the first quarter of the season, in front of a crowd of 1,041 at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Match report by Simon Barrow

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