Dumbarton 2 - 2 St Mirren 

League - Championship
Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,377
Referee: John Beaton
Dumbarton v St Mirren, Feb 4th 2017, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  St Mirren

Goalscorers
Christian Nade  (56)
Robert Thomson  (81)
David Clarkson (35)
Harry Davis (71)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jack Ross

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
David Smith
Stuart Carswell
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Christian Nade
Robert Thomson
Billy O'Brien
Gary Irvine
Gary MacKenzie
Lewis Morgan
Adam Eckersley
Cameron Smith
Harry Davis
David Clarkson
Kyle Magennis
Craig Storie
Stephen McGinn

Bench
Mark Brown
Tom Lang
Garry Fleming
Calum Gallagher
Lewis Vaughan
Jamie Langfield
Stelios Demetriou
Andy Webster
John Sutton
Jack Baird
Josh Todd
Pal Fjelde

Substitutions
Tom Lang for Darren Barr (26)
Lewis Vaughan for Stuart Carswell (63)
Garry Fleming for Sam Stanton (81)
John Sutton for Lewis Morgan (63)
Stelios Demetriou for Adam Eckersley (73)
Josh Todd for David Clarkson (79)

Bookings
Robert Thomson
Christian Nade
Stuart Carswell (58)
Craig Storie (14)
Gary MacKenzie (51)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 27 apps -
Darren Barr 59 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 66 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 67 apps6 goals
Daniel Harvie 23 apps2 goals
David Smith 31 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 4 apps -
Sam Stanton 16 apps -
Andy Stirling 29 apps2 goals
Robert Thomson 31 apps6 goals
Christian Nade 19 apps10 goals
Tom Lang (sub) 3 apps -
Garry Fleming (sub) 170 apps32 goals
Lewis Vaughan (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 210 days)
Oldest Player:Christian Nade (32 years 147 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 48 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 210 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (35 years 350 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 8 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Christian Nade reached 10 goals for the Club.

WOULDN'T Dumbarton's watching 'Class of 72' have loved playing in this game?

It wasn't a match that was liable to be a Championship classic in the final analysis at the end of the season. And as it turned out, both teams ended the 90 minutes as close to Ayr United on points as they began the afternoon.

What it was, though, was compulsive. It was fiercely contested two passionate teams. One of them fighting for their lives, the other also fighting for their lives, but with more breathing space.

St Mirren led twice, through David Clarkson and then debutant Harry Davis. But for Sons, Christian Nade levelled Clarkson's effort, and then Robert Thomson ended the possibility of Davis marking his first game with the winner.

Perhaps the best news for Dumbarton came elsewhere. A late equaliser for Hibs denied Ayr a second win at Easter Road this season. Then in a late kick off, Raith Rovers' 3-0 defeat at Dundee United shifted Sons up a place, above Rovers on goals scored.

But it was a far from disastrous afternoon in terms of Dumbarton's own fixture. Against a side who are running out of games to preserve their Championship status, they rose to a tough test and claimed some reward.

After the heroes of 45 years ago were paraded, the class of 2017 launched themselves into what was always going to be a battle. Chances were few, although Andy Stirling did test the keeper with a long shot which was beaten away.

St Mirren then thought they had claimed an 11th minute lead when Cameron Smith's deflected shot beat Alan Martin. Daniel Harvie, though, retrieved the ball off the line.

The afternoon's first blow came after 25 minutes when skipper Darren Barr, unable to recover from an earlier knock, went off injured. But, after Thomson and David Smith had gone close, there was another one 10 minutes from half time.

Smith squared the ball back from the goal line for Clarkson, who could hardly miss.

Nade and then Barr's replacement Tom Lang each missed with a header either side of the interval. However, on 56 minutes, another headed Nade effort had a better outcome.

There was only one man getting to a corner from the left, and he didn't disappoint.

He had the next chance of the game after being put through at an angle by a long ball. He had Thomson in the centre but went it alone, with his decision almost paying off, but his shot missed the target narrowly.

Martin then saved well from Smith's narrow angled effort, but after 71 minutes, it all had to be done again.

Stephen McGinn's free kick was headed in by Davis. It was all getting familiar after the Queen of the South game, which followed a similar pattern, two weeks earlier.

But with 10 minutes left, with only a long range Lewis Vaughan effort having threatened a second equaliser - but being saved - the push paid off again.

Nade headed the ball down for Thomson, who spun off his marker and fired home a smart finish on the turn.

The remaining 10 minutes saw plenty of effort, but no significant threat by either side to snatch a winner.

After this result, and the one at Easter Road, Dumbarton were still four points clear of Ayr, who themselves remained seven clear of St Mirren.

Raith are now also firmly in the mix. On it goes in a fortnight - when Ayr are in G82.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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