St Mirren 0 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Paisley 2021 Stadium
Attendance: 2,758
Referee: John McKendrick
St Mirren v Dumbarton, Nov 5th 2016, Paisley 2021 Stadium
St Mirren Dumbarton 

None. Garry Fleming (63)

Team Managers
Jack Ross Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Jason Naismith
Gary MacKenzie
Ben Gordon
Gary Irvine
Kyle Magennis
Stevie Mallan
Kyle McAllister
David Clarkson
Lewis Morgan
John Sutton
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Garry Fleming
Joe Thomson
Robert Thomson

Calum Gallagher
Scott Gallacher
Kyle Hutton
Jack Baird
Lewis McLear
Ryan Hardie
Lawrence Shankland
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Craig Pettigrew
Donald McCallum
Ryan Stevenson
Josh Todd

Lawrence Shankland for David Clarkson (65)
Ryan Hardie for Kyle McAllister (76)
Calum Gallagher for Ben Gordon (85)
Josh Todd for Andy Stirling (80)
Ryan Stevenson for Garry Fleming (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 13 apps -
Darren Barr 46 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 52 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 54 apps5 goals
Daniel Harvie 12 apps -
David Smith 17 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 8 apps -
Andy Stirling 16 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming 157 apps30 goals
Joe Thomson 12 apps1 goal
Robert Thomson 17 apps4 goals
Josh Todd (sub) 17 apps -
Ryan Stevenson (sub) 16 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 241 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 122 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 327 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 227 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Garry Fleming reached 30 goals for the Club.

NEARLY 3,000 people saw it. Almost 200 celebrated it.

But you'd do well to find many who could believe it.

In a battle with one of your challengers at the bottom, which has been scrappy and lacking in clear chances for 62 minutes, you'll take any goal going.

Then - Garry Fleming, for Dumbarton against St Mirren, again. And goals do not come in much more unexpected fashion.

What the Buddies felt should have been a routine goal kick ended with Joe Thomson squaring for the striker to net what proved to be the winner.

In six outings against the Paisley club, it is Sons' fourth victory and the striker has scored the decisive goal in every one.

If that wasn't enough for Dumbarton to feel the breaks were with them, they also survived two late hits of the bar, one from less than six yards with an almost open goal.

Some would argue that Sons lost to Dundee United two weeks ago with a better performance. But only one statistic mattered, and will go down in history.

Dumbarton put the ball in the net. Their opponents didn't.

They now have as many points as they did at the one-third mark of the league last season, and are out of the bottom two.

Perhaps this victory did owe a bit to luck, but it has been due to them, after Tannadice amongst others.

The statistics about goals might go down in history, but the first half certainly won't. It was largely dull, lifeless fare with very few moments which looked like the scoring could be opened.

When they did come, they fell to St Mirren, starting when John Sutton headed Lewis Morgan's cross narrowly over.

Morgan then tried to take a chance for himself, only to see his effort turned wide. From the resulting corner Sutton's header had the same outcome, this time without Alan Martin getting a touch.

Another Sutton header failed to hit the target, and that was it by and large. Mark Docherty did shoot from distance for Sons, with his effort deflected wide, but the corner came to nothing.

Within three minutes of the second half, things were more promising, as Fleming looked set to head in Andy Stirling's cross only for Jamie Langfield to make a remarkable one-handed save at close range.

After Kyle McAllister's bending shot went wide, Sam Stanton also forced action from Langfield with a 20-yard shot which was saved.

Jason Naismith then shot into the side netting as it looked like a goal was coming. On 63 minutes it did.

Langfield had a short goal kick returned, only to then play the ball straight to Thomson. He had Fleming square and from there, the result was inevitable.

Twelve minutes later, Fleming hit the back of the net again with a 20-yard shot. Unfortunately, it was THE back of the net, with the sight of the ball rolling into the advertising hoarding confirming he had actually shot wide and muting the celebrations.

With 10 minutes left, St Mirren were pressing hard without forcing too much action out of Martin. Another Sutton header then looked ominous, but hit the bar and was scrambled clear.

If that was close, what followed seven minutes later just confirmed this was Sons' day. A low ball from the left found Ryan Hardie, who from close range, with the goal gaping, also hit the bar.

From the corner which resulted from the goalmouth scramble, Lawrence Shankland was denied by Martin.

And that was it. Four weeks shy of a year without an away win - the longest such run since August 1995 to September 1996 - was over.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

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