Raith Rovers 1 - 3 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Starks Park
Attendance: 1,413
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Raith Rovers v Dumbarton, Jan 28th 2017, Starks Park
Raith Rovers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Ryan Hardie (27) Christian Nade  (49)
Daniel Harvie (57)
Gregor Buchanan (63)

Team Managers
Gary Locke Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Kevin Cuthbert
Jason Thomson
Kevin McHattie
Ross Callachan
Jean-Yves M'Voto
Kyle Benedictus
Chris Johnston
Mark Stewart
Bobby Barr
Ross Matthews
Ryan Hardie
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
David Smith
Stuart Carswell
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Robert Thomson
Christian Nade

Bench
Conor Brennan
Scott Roberts
Rudi Skacel
Jordan Thompson
Craig Barr
Ryan Stevenson
Mark Brown
Tom Lang
Ross McCrorie
Calum Gallagher

Substitutions
Ryan Stevenson for Chris Johnston (59)
Scott Roberts for Bobby Barr (64)
Rudi Skacel for Jason Thomson (75)
Calum Gallagher for Christian Nade (65)
Ross McCrorie for Sam Stanton (82)
Tom Lang for Andy Stirling (87)

Bookings
Kevin McHattie (59) Stuart Carswell (8)
Andy Stirling (51)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 26 apps -
Darren Barr 58 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 65 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 66 apps6 goals
Daniel Harvie 22 apps2 goals
David Smith 30 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 3 apps -
Sam Stanton 15 apps -
Andy Stirling 28 apps2 goals
Robert Thomson 30 apps5 goals
Christian Nade 18 apps9 goals
Ross McCrorie (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Tom Lang (sub) 2 apps -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 203 days)
Oldest Player:Christian Nade (32 years 140 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 41 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 203 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (35 years 343 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 221 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ross McCrorie(Signed January 27th, 2017)

Milestones

SOMEBODY, somewhere in the Championship, was due this.

Previously in 2017, Dumbarton had delivered two potential matchwinning performances, followed by a 'draw would have been fair' display.

Those showings, against Morton, Hibs and Queen of the South, deserved a total of about four or five points. They got none.

Sometime it had to click. That time had arrived by around 4.17pm when Gregor Buchanan put away the goal that made it 3-1.

Half time arrived with Sons in 'here we go again' mode against Raith Rovers. They didn't deserve to be behind. They were, largely because of things they couldn't control, and Ryan Hardie's finish for the home side.

Within 17 minutes of the second half they led 3-1. Christian Nade equalised, Daniel Harvie put them ahead, Buchanan extended the lead.

In the end, there was only one team flattered by the 3-1 scoreline. This, from Dumbarton, was the best performance of the season so far.

And together with Ayr United's 4-1 reverse to Morton, it was enough to pull them four points clear of the bottom two of Ayr and St Mirren. Their next two opponents, who they meet at home.

Maybe it's going to continue happening during the coming weeks? Who knows? But over this game, it all fell into place.

Within two minutes they could have been ahead. David Smith's through ball found Robert Thomson for an angled shot which the home keeper beat clear.

Soon afterwards, Sam Stanton also tested the keeper, who turned his effort away from the target as well.

It was all going so well. All it needed was a finish. And then...

On 26 minutes, Buchanan was challenged for possession by Mark Stewart out wide. Opinions on the validity of the challenge were best described as varied, but play continued and Stewart squared for Hardie to score.

It was the striker's fifth goal against Sons in his relatively short career, for three different clubs.

The 1-0 deficit remained until half time without much threat of being extended or bridged.

But within three minutes of the restart the process of filling in the gap started. Harvie's cross from the left found Nade, whose header bounced out of the keeper's reach and into the net.

Two minutes later Andy Stirling, continuing his recent busy and impressive form, was shaping up to shoot when Kevin McHattie brought him down in the area. He was booked for diving.

Another break outwith Sons' control had evaded them. But after 56 minutes they had the chance of another break - one they vigorously snapped up.

Harvie latched on to a diagonal pass and, with the keeper standing still, fired in a low shot which found the net.

And after Nade had twisted and turned, but seen a shot deflected wide, there was more to follow. The question could be asked - when did two defenders last score for Dumbarton in the same game?

Whenever it was, Buchanan ended the wait, tapping in after Stirling's low corner got all the way to him at the back post.

After 65 minutes, Ross Callachan looked certain to reduce Sons' lead, but Stuart Carswell got a vital touch to deflect his shot wide.

Again, there were limited chances over what remained of the match. Thomson was unlucky not to get to a cross from the left before a defender could put it over.

The home side also had one final effort, but Rudi Skacel's shot on the turn was straight at Alan Martin.

It was the Sons keeper's first save of the game. And his last. He, and his 13 team-mates who got on the pitch, had ensured a comprehensive victory.

Four points clear. It is in Dumbarton's hands to extend it over the next 180 minutes of football.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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