Dumbarton 0 - 3 Ayr United 

League - Championship
Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,005
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Dumbarton v Ayr United, Oct 15th 2016, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Ayr United

Goalscorers
None. Alan Forrest (3)
Alan Forrest (50)
Alan Forrest (62) Pen

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
Craig Pettigrew
Josh Todd
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Ryan Stevenson
Joe Thomson
Robert Thomson
Greg Fleming
Nicky Devlin
Daryll Meggat
Peter Murphy
Conrad Balatoni
Paul Cairney
Robbie Crawford
Ross Docherty
Brian Gilmour
Gary Hawkins
Alan Forrest

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Gregor Buchanan
Garry Fleming
Donald McCallum
Andy Stirling
Pat Boyle
Michael Donald
Andy O'Connell
Kevin Nisbet
Jordan Hart
Craig McGuffie

Substitutions
Andy Stirling for David Smith (46)
Garry Fleming for Joe Thomson (64)
Donald McCallum for Josh Todd (64)
Kevin Nisbet for Paul Cairney (66)
Michael Donald for Alan Forrest (72)
Craig McGuffie for Gary Harkins (78)

Bookings
Daniel Harvie (61)
Darren Barr (90)
Nicky Devlin (64)
Robbie Crawford (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 10 apps -
Darren Barr 43 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 51 apps5 goals
Daniel Harvie 9 apps -
Craig Pettigrew 14 apps -
Josh Todd 14 apps -
David Smith 14 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 5 apps -
Ryan Stevenson 13 apps2 goals
Joe Thomson 9 apps -
Robert Thomson 14 apps3 goals
Andy Stirling (sub) 13 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming (sub) 154 apps28 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 26 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 98 days)
Oldest Player:Ryan Stevenson (32 years 60 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 161 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 98 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 306 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 206 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

ONE of Dumbarton's most keenly anticipated games in what was always going to be a challenging campaign. And it all went so wrong.

As soon as Ayr United clinched promotion in May, this game was identified as one which was key to Sons' season.

Alan Forrest became the third player to score a hat-trick against Dumbarton in their last 12 games, taking advantage of two moments of slackness before converting a penalty to seal the match ball.

Just when Sons looked to have taken a step forward by holding leaders Queen of the South 0-0 in a spirited display, it was followed a fortnight later by two back.

From the start Sons were punished for bad mistakes by a busy and creative Ayr side.

The first quarter of the league season has now finished with Dumbarton on six points. It is a ratio they will hope to improve upon in the second quarter, and will have to over the rest of the campaign if they are to achieve their goal.

The Honest Men are in the middle of a great run and took only three minutes to gain control of a game they too would feel is important to their chances of survival.

A poor pass in midfield was intercepted, with Gary Harkins' initial shot turned away by Alan Martin, but Forrest was there to put the loose ball away at close range.

Josh Todd went close to equalising after 18 minutes with a shot which was deflected off target, but errors meant they continued to run the risk of more goals being conceded.

Brian Gilmour's lob went just wide, while Harkins had a bending shot saved. These chances were the results of Ayr again stealing possession.

Sons survived through to half time one goal down, and made a promising start to the second half. A Joe Thomson shot was deflected wide, and from the resulting corner the ball fell to Darren Barr, who shot over.

Then they won a free kick in a threatening position after 50 minutes. It resulted in a goal for the visitors.

Ayr cleared and broke upfield, with possession again cheaply surrendered by Sons. Having won it, Harkins squared for Forrest and, with Martin out of his goal, the striker couldn't miss.

Eleven minutes later the collapse continued when Daniel Harvie fouled Nicky Devlin in the area. Only one man stood a chance of grabbing the ball, and Forrest snapped up his hat-trick.

Sam Stanton was unlucky to have a shot saved after cutting inside from the right, but Ayr were never knocked from their perch on top of the game.

Indeed, Kevin Nisbet could have made it four, only for Martin to save smartly from close range.

The final chance of a consolation goal came when Robert Thomson headed Craig Pettigrew's cross over at close range.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet