Alloa Athletic 1 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 12:30 PM at Indodrill Arena
Attendance: 515
Referee: Barry Cook
Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton, May 1st 2016, Indodrill Arena
Alloa Athletic Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Isaac Layne (7) Donald McCallum (51)

Team Managers
Jack Ross Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Kyle McAusland
Dougie Hill
Colin Hamilton
Liam Caddis
Graeme Holmes
Steven Hetherington
Iain Flannigan
Michael Duffy
Isaac Layne
Mitch Megginson
Jamie Ewings
Calum Waters
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Steven Saunders
Scott Taggart
Tom Walsh
Garry Fleming
Jamie Lindsay
Paul Heffernan
Kevin Cawley

Bench
Eddie Ferns
Connor McManus
Ryan Finnie
Robbie Crawford
Andrew Wilson
Robbie Crawford
Scott Hynd
Mark Brown
Frazer Wright
Mark Docherty
Kler Heh
Donald McCallum
Jon Routledge
Grant Gallagher

Substitutions
Connor McManus for Isaac Layne (66)
Robbie Crawford for liam Caddis (74)
Scott Hynd for Mitch Megginson (80)
Donald McCallum for Garry Fleming (45)
Mark Docherty for Tom Walsh (68)
Kler Heh for Kevin Cawley (76)

Bookings
Colin Hamilton (37) Darren Barr (64)
Calum Waters (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 78 apps -
Calum Waters 21 apps1 goal
Darren Barr 36 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 37 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 27 apps4 goals
Garry Fleming 143 apps27 goals
Jamie Lindsay 28 apps -
Scott Taggart 54 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 16 apps1 goal
Paul Heffernan 8 apps -
Kevin Cawley 39 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty (sub) 39 apps2 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 20 apps4 goals
Kler Heh (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Heffernan (34 years 132 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 116 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kler Heh (19 years 197 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 139 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 243 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

AND so it all ends, with Dumbarton playing out a low-key, end-of-season affair with Alloa Athletic with limited drama.

Great.

When the fixtures came out back in June, this was touted as a potential crunch for both. Possibly even a last-day decider.

They were the two part-time teams who were many people's tips to be battling against the drop from the Championship.

But while their opponents have unfortunately lost that battle, Sons could afford to relax, knowing that they'll be in next season's second tier.

In the end they settled for a share of the spoils. The last time Donald McCallum played against Alloa it took him 19 seconds to make an impact. This time, he needed six minutes.

That was how long after the restart he levelled, with Isaac Layne having opened the scoring for the hosts early doors.

Chances came and went for both sides, for whom many players may have been playing their final fixture in the jersey.

But for Dumbarton, the game was a final chance to celebrate what has been a successful season, which sees them finish six points clear of Livingston - and only the same number short of fifth place.

Just as at Easter Road on Tuesday, they were behind early on. After seven minutes a midfield tussle saw the ball break in Alloa's favour.

The ball was played into the area and Layne was able to turn and finish.

Two minutes later a Michael Duffy free kick struck the bar, while Mitch Megginson saw off defensive challenges only to be denied at close range by Jamie Ewings.

Sons did get a grip after that, with Tom Walsh slicing wide from Kevin Cawley's assist, but Layne could have doubled his and Alloa's tally eight minutes from half time.

A counter attack ended with him going for goal, but after the faintest touch from Ewings, the low shot struck the post.

Steven Saunders almost equalised four minutes from half time, but his shot was blocked by the keeper at close range.

Instead, with Dumbarton having survived a Douglas Hill header early in the second half, the honour of scoring the season's final goal fell to McCallum.

After Calum Waters took a fourth consecutive corner, the ball broke for the youngster to crash home.

Soon after, Hill headed off the line from Cawley, while Ewings again kept Layne out at close range.

Paul Heffernan and Darren Barr had chances in the season's dying minutes, but neither hit the target, while the same happened to Duffy for the home side.

In the final four minutes substitute Scott Hynd had two great chances for Alloa, but both of his headers were off target.

This was a relaxing afternoon. But soon there'll be a time when the high-octane, high-pressure business resumes.

It's called the 2016/17 Championship. And it's only 14 weeks away.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Programme cover / Team sheet