Dumbarton 2 - 2 Dunfermline Athletic 

League - Championship
Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,037
Referee: Steven Kirkland
Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic, Oct 29th 2016, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Dunfermline Athletic

Goalscorers
Joe Thomson  (37)
Garry Fleming (82)
Nicky Clark (50)
Joe Cardle (80)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Josh Todd
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Joe Thomson
Garry Fleming
Robert Thomson
Sean Murdoch
Ryan Williamson
Jason Talbot
Lewis Martin
Andy Geggan
Michael Paton
Nat Wedderburn
Lee Ashcroft
Gavin Reilly
Kallum Higginbotham
Nicky Clark

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Craig Pettigrew
Andy Stirling
Donald McCallum
Ryan Stevenson
David Hutton
Callum Fordyce
Rhys McCabe
Paul McMullan
John Galloway
Joe Cardle
Michael Moffat

Substitutions
Andy Stirling for Sam Stanton (71)
Ryan Stevenson for Robert Thomson (86)
Joe Cardle for Michael Paton (46)
Michael Moffat for Gavin Reilly (66)

Bookings
Daniel Harvie (45)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 12 apps -
Darren Barr 45 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 51 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 53 apps5 goals
Daniel Harvie 11 apps -
Josh Todd 16 apps -
David Smith 16 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 7 apps -
Joe Thomson 11 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming 156 apps29 goals
Robert Thomson 16 apps4 goals
Andy Stirling (sub) 15 apps1 goal
Ryan Stevenson (sub) 15 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 112 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 234 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 339 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 112 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 320 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 220 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Joe Thomson scored his first goal for the Club.

FOR one horrible minute, Dumbarton were looking down a very long and very dark barrel.

But cometh the hour - and an extra 22 minutes - cometh the man.

Garry Fleming has a habit of scoring important goals for Sons. Most notably, and most recently in league terms, his last league goal was the one against St Mirren that confirmed their place in this season's Championship.

There may be no telling until May how vital his goal with eight minutes left against Dunfermline may be.

It came a minute after Joe Cardle had given the Pars a 2-1 lead, with Nicky Clark having levelled Joe Thomson's first half opener for Sons.

Defeat, even at this early stage in the season, would have been a terrible blow for Dumbarton, leaving them four points adrift in second bottom place.

While they missed the chance to move out of the bottom two, they kept in touch with their visitors and moved a point further clear of the still winless St Mirren.

And the Buddies just happen to be Sons' next opponents, at Paisley on Saturday, having themselves travelled to face Morton on Tuesday.

What looked like being a big setback at the start of a key series of games turned into a base to build on.

For much of the early stages it did look like the game would end level - at 0-0. Chances were rare, and didn't look much like being taken when they came.

Kallum Higginbotham's lob hit the top of the bar and went over, while Fleming sliced an angled shot wide. In terms of goalmouth action in the first 36 minutes, that is pretty much the size of it.

But in minute 37, Sons led.

Fleming, away down the right wing, sent over a cross and when Robert Thomson played it back across goal, his namesake slid home his first goal on loan from Celtic.

The hope was to protect that lead for the early stages of the second half, but that ambition was ended five minutes after the restart.

Jason Talbot's cross was not dealt with by keeper or defence, and Clark took full advantage with a close range finish.

Soon after, Cardle had a low shot turned away and then narrowly missed the target from distance.

Sons were struggling to create opportunities but were denied one on 76 minutes when Gregor Buchanan's shirt was almost pulled over his head in the area. Neither the referee nor his perfectly placed assistant saw anything wrong.

And five minutes later Dunfermline were in front. For the second home game in a row, Dumbarton conceded from having had the ball in a threatening position themselves.

After Josh Todd was challenged on the edge of Dunfermline's area, the visitors broke at speed. After Clark hit the post, Cardle piled home the loose ball.

The clock was now ticking loudly. But it was soon silenced. Daniel Harvie sent over a high ball, Fleming chested it down and finished from six yards.

All roads now lead to Paisley.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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