Dumbarton 1 - 1 St Mirren 

League - Championship
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,101
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v St Mirren, Sep 17th 2016, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  St Mirren

Andy Stirling  (15)
Ryan Hardie (41)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Craig Pettigrew
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Daniel Harvie
Josh Todd
David Smith
Andy Stirling
Grant Gallagher
Joe Thomson
Robert Thomson
Scott Gallagher
Jason Naismith
Gary MacKenzie
Jack Baird
Gary Irvine
Tom Walsh
Stevie Mallan
Kyle Hutton
Lewis Morgan
Ryan Hardie
John Sutton

Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Garry Fleming
Amadou Kassarate
Donald McCallum
Sam Stanton
Ryan Stevenson
Jamie Langfield
Andy Webster
David Clarkson
Calum Gallagher
Lawrence Shankland
Kyle McAllister
Darren Whyte

Garry Fleming for David Smith (73)
Sam Stanton for Andy Stirling (81)
Calum Gallagher for Lewis Morgan (74)
Darren Whyte for Kyle Hutton (81)
Lawrence Shankland for Ryan Hardie (85)

Robert Thomson (67)
Gary MacKenzie (30)
Kyle Hutton (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 7 apps -
Craig Pettigrew 11 apps -
Darren Barr 40 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 48 apps2 goals
Daniel Harvie 6 apps -
Josh Todd 11 apps -
David Smith 11 apps1 goal
Andy Stirling 10 apps1 goal
Grant Gallagher 45 apps5 goals
Joe Thomson 6 apps -
Robert Thomson 11 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 151 apps28 goals
Sam Stanton (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 70 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 192 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 361 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 70 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 7 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Andy Stirling scored his first goal for the Club.

THEY say you get to know your league once you've played everybody once.

However, it might not take that long to establish what this season's Championship is all about.

Taking chances. Breaks. Anything you can do to help yourself to a result in a league where the teams already look well matched.

From there being 27 goals in Sons' first five competitive matches this season, there have been only eight in the next six. During those half dozen fixtures, five of which were in the league, neither Sons nor their opponents have scored more than once.

When Andy Stirling put them in front, the hope was that they could build on it. That didn't happen, and Ryan Hardie, scoring at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium for his third different club, equalised.

As if every game wasn't enough of a challenge, this one was yet more evidence of how little there is between the teams this season.

And there are another 30 such matches before everybody knows the final outcome.

Both teams started well, with Dumbarton first to threaten when the ball broke to Robert Thomson in the area, but he was denied at close range and couldn't convert the loose ball.

On 14 minutes, Gary MacKenzie may have thought he had headed St Mirren in front, but Grant Gallagher stopped his celebrations by heading off the line.

But on one occasion, the break of the ball led to a goal, after 16 minutes. David Smith rolled over a low ball from the right after intercepting, and Stirling did the rest.

Tom Walsh, back on former home territory in a St Mirren shirt, set up two opportunities in quick succession, but neither Hardie nor Stevie Mallan could hit the target.

Then Josh Todd was well-placed to put away a second goal after being put through, only for play to be astonishingly stopped for a free kick to Sons, which came to nothing.

And with four minutes of the half remaining St Mirren were level. Sons failed to deal with a long ball out with and after Jason Naismith progressed to cross, Hardie had a simple headed finish.

Joe Thomson almost restored the lead right on half time, but his angled shot was saved.

The home side also started the second half well, but neither Daniel Harvie with a header, nor Todd in trying to reach Robert Thomson's low ball across goal, could get the second goal.

Smith was also denied as his shot was turned wide, a save which forced the first of four consecutive corners, none of which yielded a great deal for Sons.

Another header, this time by Gregor Buchanan, missed the target, but with 12 minutes left, keeper Alan Martin prevented his team, who had dominated the half, from going behind.

Calum Gallagher's shot looked as if it was heading in, only for Martin to turn it wide at full stretch.

After Hardie shot narrowly wide, Sons regained control and Robert Thomson connected with Craig Pettigrew's cross, but the ball rolled away from him before he could finish.

With five minutes left, he got to a long ball ahead of the goalkeeper and looked set to finish only to be crowded out by defenders. Neither the referee nor his perfectly placed assistant witnessed any foul play and the action continued.

It reached the other end, where John Sutton shot narrowly off target for the visitors. A draw it was.

And Sons' next opponents? Raith Rovers, a fixture which hasn't had more than one goal separating the sides in its last seven stagings.

It's going to continue to be close.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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