Falkirk 3 - 3 DumbartonLeague - Championship
Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 3:00 PM at Falkirk Stadium
Referee: George Salmond
Craig Sibbald (21)
Luke Leahy (35)
David Smith (80)
Scott Taggart (19)
Darren Petrie (63)
Archie Campbell (71)
|Peter Houston||Ian Murray|
Botti Bia Bi
David Smith for Blair Alston (68)
Botti Bia Bi for Mark Kerr (77)
Donald McCallum for Archie Campbell (90)
Lee Mair for Scott Linton (90)
Mark Gilhaney (86)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Danny Rogers (GK)||23 apps||-|
|Andy Graham||105 apps||8 goals|
|Stuart Findlay||3 apps||-|
|Scott Linton||57 apps||1 goal|
|Scott Agnew||138 apps||33 goals|
|Scott Taggart||22 apps||1 goal|
|Mark Gilhaney||172 apps||29 goals|
|Darren Petrie||1 app (debut)||1 goal|
|Mitch Megginson||70 apps||15 goals|
|Archie Campbell||26 apps||2 goals|
|Dylan Easton||2 apps||-|
|Lee Mair (sub)||15 apps||1 goal|
|Donald McCallum (sub)||3 apps||1 goal|
|Youngest Player:||Stuart Findlay (19 years 144 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Andy Graham (31 years 139 days)|
|Average Player Age:||24 years 33 days|
|Domestic Players:||10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)|
|Youngest Player:||Keir Whitefield (17 years 121 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Lee Mair (34 years 61 days)|
|Average Player Age:||24 years 130 days|
|Domestic Players:||14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)|
First Team Debuts
|Darren Petrie||(Signed )|
|Darren Petrie scored his first goal for the Club.|
|Scott Taggart scored his first goal for the Club.|
DUMBARTON secured an important point on the road against SPFL Championship form team Falkirk in this game, with a busy 3-3 draw that was very nearly a victory.
It's a great point after a difficult run of defeats, commented Sons gaffer Ian Murray after the match. We could have had even more.
The manager had been forced into a number of changes in the build up to the game, following losses against Rangers, Hearts and Livingston.
Out went David van Zanten and Chris Turner through injury, along with Lee Mair, who returned to the bench.
Replacing the trio in the starting line-up were Mark Gilhaney, returning from attention to a broken nose, Scott Taggart, and Darren Petrie the new loan player from Premiership side Dundee United.
Dumbarton started brightly and went ahead on 19 minutes when Scott Taggart struck home from close range to claim his first goal for the Sons.
However, Craig Sibbald then equalised for the Bairns just two minutes later.
From that point onwards the home side then began to apply real pressure and went ahead before the break from a Luke Leahy goal.
Both the home side's goals involved deflections and although they had enjoyed more possession the late blow was a little harsh on Dumbarton.
In the second half Sons continued the fight back they had commenced towards the end of the opening period.
But in truth Falkirk, an accomplished side looking to build on a solid run, still looked well in control much of the time.
Nevertheless, the visitors were rewarded for dogged perseverance on 63 minutes when Darren Petrie claimed his first goal in a Dumbarton shirt with a firm strike past Falkirk goalie MacDonald.
Then to the delight of an enthusiastic away support, Sons went ahead on 71 minutes thanks to a cracker from Archie Campbell.
Dumbarton were desperate to cling on, but it was not to be. Falkirk launched wave after wave of attack.
The match was set up for a tense finale when David Smith equalised on 80 minutes.
The Bairns went on the assault once more, sensing the real possibility of snatching a victory from what had looked like points lost.
From that point on, however, Sons steadied their nerves and organized themselves well to claim a vital point against a well-equipped Falkirk side.
Next week Dumbarton benefit from a cup break. Then on 14 January they have a critical home match against strugglers Cowdenbeath.
Match report by Simon Barrow
Photography by Donald Fullarton