Dumbarton 0 - 2 Alloa Athletic 

League - Championship
Saturday, September 5th, 2015, 3:00 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 715
Referee: Craig Charleston
Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic, Sep 5th 2015, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Alloa Athletic

None. Graeme Holmes (59)
Edward Ferns (90)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Danny Lennon

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Gregor Buchanan
Frazer Wright
Mark Docherty
Darren Barr
Grant Gallagher
Scott Brown
Willie Gibson
Jon Routledge
Garry Fleming
Steven Craig
David Crawford
Kyle McAusland
Dougie Hill
Colin Hamilton
Jason Marr
Burton O'Brien
Graeme Holmes
Connor McManus
Mark Williams
Robbie Crawford
Michael Chopra

Jamie Ewings
Mikey Hopkins
Calum Waters
Coll McCallum
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Scott Taggart
Kevin Cawley
Andy McNeil
Mikk Reintam
Edward Ferns
Catalin Paun
Isaac Layne
Steven Hetherington
Scott Hynd

Kevin Cawley for Scott Brown (68)
Coll McCallum for Steven Craig (78)
Edward Ferns for Michael Chopra (57)
Steven Hetherington for Mark Williams (77)
Catalin Paun for Graeme Holmes (87)

Darren Barr (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 8 apps -
Gregor Buchanan 8 apps1 goal
Frazer Wright 2 apps -
Mark Docherty 6 apps -
Darren Barr 6 apps1 goal
Grant Gallagher 8 apps2 goals
Scott Brown 3 apps -
Willie Gibson 8 apps2 goals
Jon Routledge 8 apps -
Garry Fleming 109 apps18 goals
Steven Craig 7 apps -
Coll McCallum (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Kevin Cawley (sub) 8 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Brown (20 years 289 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (35 years 265 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 359 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Coll McCallum (17 years 328 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (35 years 265 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 230 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Coll McCallum(Signed July 1st, 2014)


WELL, that was some weekend. First there was Scotland's game on Friday night in Georgia. And then, within 24 hours, this. Dumbarton, in a fixture which was viewed as crucial right from the start, let three points slip through their fingers at home to Alloa. They had enough chances to be in control well into the second half, but couldn't finish, and the visitors cashed in on the hour mark through Graeme Holmes. Substitute Eddie Ferns ran in the second for the Wasps in injury time after further opportunities to equalise came and went for the home side. It wasn't all about the finishing, though other key elements were missing for Sons. Holmes' goal was down to a basic lack of concentration at the back, while several passes were misplaced. That all led to a home performance which was way short of the team's potential, and the standards set in other games this season.

Following a lacklustre start, chances began to come around the half hour mark. After Garry Fleming's shot was saved, Gregor Buchanan saw his header cleared off the line. At the other end Frazer Wright, making his home debut, did well to block from Michael Chopra at close range. But Sons were still creating opportunities, with Fleming heading over from Darren Barr's header across goal. Steven Craig also went close, but his powerful angled shot was deflected past. Eight minutes after the restart Alloa showed more upfront, with Mark Brown brilliantly saving from Connor McManus. And on the hour mark came the opening goal, when the visitors were awarded a free kick 25 yards out, which they took quickly. By the time Sons were organised to defend the set piece, Holmes had already slid home a low finish. On-loan Rangers midfielder Robbie Crawford was close to a second for Alloa but his effort was deflected over.

Dumbarton did look to fight back, but chances weren't coming as easily as the first half. With five minutes left Willie Gibson's shot was headed clear while Mark Docherty's lobbed effort went over. Then in injury time, a corner dropped to Grant Gallagher six yards out, but his header was over. With Sons still pressing for an equaliser, Alloa clinched it after three minutes of injury time. Ferns was quickest to reach a through ball and ran in to put the chance away.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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