Dumbarton 2 - 2 Ayr United 

League - Championship
Saturday, February 18th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,198
Referee: John McKendrick
Dumbarton v Ayr United, Feb 18th 2017, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Ayr United

Goalscorers
Sam Stanton (62)
Sam Stanton (75)
Michael Rose (90)
Craig Moore (90)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
David Smith
Stuart Carswell
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Christian Nade
Robert Thomson
Greg Fleming
Nicky Devlin
Paddy Boyle
Declan McDaid
Gary Harkins
Paul Cairney
Farid El Alagui
Jamie Adams
Daryll Meggat
Conrad Balatoni
Ross Docherty

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Tom Lang
Ross McCrorie
Kyle Prior
Garry Fleming
Calum Gallagher
Lewis Vaughan
Jordan Hart
Peter Murphy
Michael Rose
Craig Moore
Michael Wardrope
Craig McGuffie
Scott McKenna

Substitutions
Ross McCrorie for David Smith (76)
Garry Fleming for Christian Nade (76)
Lewis Vaughan for Sam Stanton (83)
Craig Moore for Declan McDaid (21)
Michael Rose for Farid El Alagui (45)
Craig McGuffie for Gary Harkins (77)

Bookings
Christian Nade (43)
Darren Barr (90)
Paddy Boyle (89)

Red Cards
None. Ross Docherty (27)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 28 apps -
Darren Barr 60 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 67 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 68 apps6 goals
Daniel Harvie 24 apps2 goals
David Smith 32 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 5 apps -
Sam Stanton 17 apps2 goals
Andy Stirling 30 apps2 goals
Robert Thomson 32 apps6 goals
Christian Nade 20 apps10 goals
Ross McCrorie (sub) 2 apps -
Garry Fleming (sub) 171 apps32 goals
Lewis Vaughan (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 224 days)
Oldest Player:Christian Nade (32 years 161 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 62 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (17 years 177 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (32 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 364 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THE funny thing is...had this result been offered to Dumbarton before a ball was kicked, they'd have been unlikely to refuse.

As the 90th minute was reached, though, such a scenario was unthinkable. Only it wasn't.

Injury time was entered with Sons leading 10-man Ayr United 2-0. Ross Docherty's first half departure had been punished by two well taken goals by Sam Stanton - his first for the club.

It was as comprehensive a 2-0 victory up to that point as you could see. Alan Martin had not had a save to make in a dominant display.

But then the added time happened.

Michael Rose's free kick was surely no more than a consolation goal. However, when Darren Barr fouled Jamie Adams in the area, Ayr had the opportunity to rescue what seemed, from their point of view, an impossible situation.

Craig Moore took it. A game which looked set to put Sons seven points clear of their visitors instead ended with the same gap of four between the clubs.

Disastrous? Far from it. Disappointing? In the extreme.

A win would have given Dumbarton a very decent cushion ahead of a tough run with only one home game in the next five.

As it is, they are still in control, and a reasonable points haul from that run is far from out of the question.

But part of doing that will be the ability to see games out. This was the ultimate lesson in doing so.

The first half saw plenty of effort from each side, but few clear chances. But Robert Thomson was unlucky on 26 minutes with a header from Andy Stirling's cross which rebounded off the post.

A minute later, Stirling was on the receiving end of a two footed lunge by Docherty. When the dust settled, the red card was waved in the Ayr man's direction.

Christian Nade and Stanton each generated a further opening, but neither finish was sufficient to unduly test the keeper.

Then early in the second half, Stirling sent over a low ball which Stanton looked set to tap home, only for Gary Harkins to intervene and clear.

However, on 62 minutes Stanton had the goal his team deserved. He took control of a through ball and, a few strides later, thrashed it beyond the keeper.

Thirteen minutes later the lead was doubled. A Stirling free kick was headed by Thomson in the direction of Stanton, who drilled home his second of the day, and of his stay with Sons.

As the remaining minutes went by, to all intents and purposes Dumbarton were home and hosed. As long as Ayr weren't given any opportunities to gain a foothold.

They did when Rose's free kick deflected out of the reach of Martin and into the bottom corner.

And then, with fingers crossed in the home end that the final whistle was imminent, Barr's challenge on Adams was punished. Moore has now scored vital late goals at Dumbarton for Cowdenbeath, Motherwell (in a friendly) and Ayr.

It was what it was. But it wasn't what it should have been.

Still Sons hold the advantage in the race for a confirmed Championship place next season.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet