Dumbarton 0 - 1 Hibernian 

League - Championship
Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,523
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dumbarton v Hibernian, Jan 14th 2017, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Hibernian

Goalscorers
None. Kris Commons (13)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Neil Lennon

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
David Smith
Stuart Carswell
Andy Stirling
Garry Fleming
Lewis Vaughan
Robert Thomson
Ross Laidlaw
David Gray
Liam Fontaine
Marvin Bartley
Fraser Fyvie
Kris Commons
Lewis Stevenson
Martin Boyle
Darren McGregor
Chris Humphrey
Jason Cummings

Bench
Mark Brown
Tom Lang
Donald McCallum
Christian Nade
Ofir Marciano
John McGinn
Grant Holt
James Keatings
Andrew Shinnie
Jordon Forster
Brian Graham

Substitutions
Christian Nade for Robert Thomson (68)
Tom Lang for Stuart Carswell (86)
John McGinn for Chris Humphrey (70)
Grant Holt for Jason Cummings (70)
Jordon Forster for Kris Commons (81)

Bookings
David Smith (44)
Marvin Bartley (67)
David Gray (76)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 24 apps -
Daniel Harvie 20 apps1 goal
Darren Barr 56 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 63 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 64 apps6 goals
David Smith 28 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 1 app (debut) -
Andy Stirling 26 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 168 apps32 goals
Lewis Vaughan 2 apps -
Robert Thomson 28 apps5 goals
Tom Lang (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Christian Nade (sub) 16 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 189 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 311 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 248 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 189 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (35 years 329 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 16 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Stuart Carswell(Signed January 5th, 2017)
Tom Lang(Signed January 12th, 2017)

Milestones

SOME things are just not meant to be.

Dumbarton defeated Hibernian at home twice last season. They've beaten Dundee United in G82 twice in this campaign.

But Hibs, this time around, have proven unbeatable at Dumbarton. Not remotely for the want of trying, though.

Sons did not deserve to lose this match as they did to a 15th minute Kris Commons goal. It could be argued that even a draw would have been harsh.

Giving a good account of yourselves against the leaders doesn't automatically gain points. It didn't in this game. But it does afford pride.

Hibs, at least for now, look as if they will pull clear at the top of the Championship. They have twice succeeded where nearest challengers Dundee United failed, by winning at Dumbarton.

But they left the pitch knowing they had been well challenged. At the same time, Sons departed the arena legitimately feeling hard done by in terms of the result.

They were bettered by their more illustrious opponents in only one respect. Unfortunately, it was the one which wins games. Hibs stuck the ball in the net; Dumbarton didn't.

From the start, the home side were in amongst it. They were brave, combative and created several chances.

The missing piece of the jigsaw was finishing those opportunities.

As early as the eighth minute they served the first warning of the day. Garry Fleming's volley after fine link-up play with Lewis Vaughan was on target, but cleared by David Gray with the keeper beaten.

Seven minutes later came the afternoon's decisive moment, Commons rolling home a shot from the edge of the area after Sons only half cleared a cross.

But any predictions of Dumbarton folding to allow a Hibs onslaught were wide of the mark. Way wide of it.

Robert Thomson was set to go for goal before Gray nabbed possession at the last second. An angled shot by Vaughan was fisted away. The same two Sons players had further shots saved.

The visitors' only other opening of the first half came when Martin Boyle cut inside and shot narrowly over.

After Thomson had a header saved, Hibs probably did start the second half more strongly. In quick succession, Lewis Stevenson and Boyle were denied by Alan Martin.

But soon things were ramped up again. The keeper saved from Gregor Buchanan and Vaughan within minutes of each other.

And for the second time in the day, Fleming was denied by a goal line clearance from Gray. This time it was a cross which bent towards goal, but still needed dealt with.

Mark Docherty and Christian Nade were each narrowly off target. By now, Sons needed to state their case for an equaliser to nobody.

However, they still had to be wary of Hibs, and Boyle was close to sealing it but shot across goal and wide. David Smith also cleared off the line from Grant Holt.

Then, with two minutes left, the script felt by some to be written almost came true.

Nade was found by Andy Stirling at the back post, but his shot was wide. It turned out to be the last chance.

As Sons reflected on an afternoon of promise, but ultimate disappointment, they had one consolatory thought.

They only have to play the current top three another once each. That makes three of their remaining 15 games.

The rest of the Championship's bottom six must play at least five fixtures against those three teams. All of them have to face Hibs twice.

The New Year of 2017 may not have been lucky so far, but there is plenty mileage left.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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