Dumbarton 1 - 0 Dundee United 

League - Championship
Saturday, December 31st, 2016, 1:30 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,221
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v Dundee United, Dec 31st 2016, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Dundee United

Goalscorers
Mark Docherty (27)
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Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Joe Thomson
Garry Fleming
Josh Todd
Robert Thomson
Cammy Bell
Sean Dillon
Mark Durnan
William Edjenguele
Paul Dixon
Blair Spittal
Willo Flood
Stewart Murdoch
Scott Fraser
Nick Van Der Velden
Simon Murray

Bench
Mark Brown
Craig Pettigrew
Frazer Wright
Donald McCallum
Ryan Stevenson
Coll Donaldson
Lewis Toshney
Tope Obadeyi
Charlie Telfer
Cammy Smith
Luis Zwick
Jamie Robson

Substitutions
Ryan Stevenson for Garry Fleming (81)
Cammy Smith for Simon Murray (63)
Tope Obadeyi for Blair Spittal (64)
Coll Donaldson for Scott Fraser (82)

Bookings
Robert Thomson (74)
Gregor Buchanan (86)
William Edjenguele (34)
Nick Van Der Velden (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 22 apps -
Darren Barr 54 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 61 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 62 apps6 goals
Daniel Harvie 19 apps1 goal
David Smith 26 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 12 apps -
Joe Thomson 19 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 166 apps32 goals
Josh Todd 26 apps -
Robert Thomson 26 apps5 goals
Ryan Stevenson (sub) 24 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 175 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 297 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 37 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 175 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (37 years 18 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 360 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THE year of 2016 was a real 'boom and bust' time for Dumbarton.

Twelve months of flitting several times from one extreme to another. Highs and lows which seemed poles apart.

But on the last day of the year, Sons squeezed in one last boom. Dundee United, relegated from last season's Premiership and chasing an immediate return there, left G82 with nothing for the second time this season.

Once again, it came courtesy of a Mark Docherty goal. While his first winner against the Arabs was a penalty, this time his cross looped in at the far post.

It rounded off a remarkable highlight of 2016 for Sons - their home record against the high-profile clubs of the Championship.

During 2016, Dumbarton played eight home games against Dundee United, Hibernian, Falkirk and St Mirren. The four teams in the division this season who have played in Scotland's top flight since 2010.

Their record over those eight games was won five, drew two and lost only one. The defeat, to Hibs in September, was only via a disputed penalty.

They say your home record goes a long way towards achieving your goal. If Sons can repeat that sort of form in 2017 against teams from all parts of the Championship, they will give themselves a great chance.

For the second consecutive game, after last week's draw with Ayr, the wind had a huge say. Neither side found it easy to create chances but, with the weather advantage, Sons showed promise.

A Sam Stanton shot from 30 yards had the visiting keeper scrambling, but just missed the post and went wide.

Then on 28 minutes, Docherty launched a high ball into the area which missed the outstretched leg of Josh Todd.

It didn't matter, as the ball crept in at the far post and Sons led.

With six minutes left of the first half Joe Thomson had the chance to mark his final game for Sons with a goal, but fired over from Daniel Harvie's cutback.

Then keeper Alan Martin, tested minimally so far, dealt smartly with a Willo Flood shot which he pushed off target.

Simon Murray then did find the net for United, but Paul Dixon's low ball to set him up came from behind the goal line and the effort was ruled out.

With United enjoying the wind advantage in the second half, and aware of Hibs' lead at Falkirk, the second half was a time for Sons to batten down the hatches.

The first 30 minutes of the second half saw the only trouble come from Mark Durnan's flick which hit the top of the bar and went over.

Then Scott Fraser, and Durnan again, were off target with efforts before in the 87th minute, a cross from the right found Durnan in space.

Between them, Martin and his defenders thwarted the centre half who had now been pushed upfront, and scrambled the danger away.

Between that and full time, Sean Dillon and Durnan had efforts which hit the outside of the woodwork and bounced out of play before they could be rescued.

Forty five minutes of sheer graft paid off. The game was won.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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