Dumbarton 4 - 0 Raith Rovers 

League - Championship
Saturday, March 11th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 719
Referee: Alan Newlands
Dumbarton v Raith Rovers, Mar 11th 2017, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Robert Thomson  (6)
Robert Thomson  (44)
Sam Stanton (47)
Garry Fleming (90)
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Team Managers
Stevie Aitken John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Tom Lang
Darren Barr
Daniel Harvie
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Calum Gallagher
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Robert Thomson
Christian Nade
Pavel Penska
Jason Thomson
Ross Callachan
Jean-Yves M'voto
Kyle Benedictus
Chris Johnston
Bobby Barr
Declan McManus
Ross Matthews
Ryan Hardie
Craig Barr

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Garry Fleming
Ross Lyden
Kyle Prior
Scott Roberts
Joel Coustrain
Rudi Skacel
Jordan Thomson
Jonny Court
Yaw Osei
David Syme

Substitutions
Garry Fleming for Calum Gallagher (78)
Kyle Prior for Christian Nade (83)
Ross Lyden for Andy Stirling (89)
Rudi Skacel for Ryan Hardie (56)
Yaw Osei for Chris Johnston (62)
Scott Roberts for Ross Matthews (66)

Bookings
Stuart Carswell (70)
Sam Stanton (79)
Jason Thomson (37)
Declan McManus (39)
Rudi Skacel (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 31 apps -
Tom Lang 5 apps -
Darren Barr 63 apps3 goals
Daniel Harvie 27 apps3 goals
Stuart Carswell 8 apps -
David Smith 35 apps1 goal
Calum Gallagher 3 apps -
Sam Stanton 20 apps3 goals
Andy Stirling 33 apps3 goals
Robert Thomson 35 apps8 goals
Christian Nade 23 apps10 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 174 apps33 goals
Kyle Prior (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Ross Lyden (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 245 days)
Oldest Player:Christian Nade (32 years 182 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 364 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Lyden (16 years 336 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (32 years 227 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 289 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Kyle Prior(Signed February 17th, 2017)

Milestones

THE mark was there, waiting to be stepped up to.

All 27 previous Championship episodes, good or bad, had to be forgotten about. If you want to reach your goal, deliver when it matters.

In the end, Dumbarton didn't just step up to the mark against Raith Rovers. They went right through it and showed just why, although there is still a long way to go, they are in control of the survival race.

Robert Thomson scored two first half goals which were special for different reasons. His first was the club's 500th goal at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, his second a stunning volley direct from a corner.

Sam Stanton and Garry Fleming added further efforts after the restart. As if all that wasn't enough, the goals came at great times - at the start and end of each half.

It was only the club's second league win by a margin of more than three goals in the current Championship era, the other being 5-1 against Cowdenbeath three years ago this weekend.

The goals didn't always threaten to flow from Sons. What they were was efficient, battle-ready and ruthless when the chances came.

They hadn't had preparations all their own way. As well as needing to respond to last week's hefty reverse at Dunfermline, Dumbarton, for various reasons, were missing five first team players.

Up against a Raith side recently buoyed by their first win since October, Sons made a mockery of all the potential obstacles. From start to finish, they were in total charge.

Calum Gallagher, on his first start in a Dumbarton jersey, could have started the victory process on three minutes, but lost his footing preparing to put away Stanton's low ball.

Three minutes later, he turned his hand to assisting. When he cut the ball back from the right, Thomson could hardly miss from six yards.

Midway through the first half Raith managed to respond, firstly when Ryan Hardie broke through on goal only for Alan Martin to save smartly at close range.

Soon after, Martin produced another one for any 'Saves of the Season' DVDs. Jean Yves M'Voto's header looked in all the way, but the keeper did brilliantly to save - and then keep out Hardie from the follow up.

Seven minutes from half time an Andy Stirling pass found the Sons player you would most want to have a gaping goal to aim at. But Christian Nade was denied by the keeper at close range.

Thomson was also kept out with a 20 yard shot which was turned wide. But from the resulting corner, Dumbarton went two ahead.

Stirling sent in the set piece, and without the ball touching the ground, Thomson thrashed it in.

Two goals up against a rival team at the bottom? Sons had been there before...

But after 15 minutes to relax and reflect, they added to their advantage only two minutes after the interval.

Thomson turned provider, hanging the ball up from the back post for Stanton to bundle in from close range.

Ross Callachan for Raith, and then Gallagher for Sons, forced saves out of each keeper, while Martin also kept Jason Thomson out.

The game was meandering towards a 3-0 win for Dumbarton which was as convincing as it sounded. But there was one last hurrah in injury time.

Fleming had to do it all on his own after connecting with a long ball out on the left. He made it look easy by dodging two defenders, then the keeper, and slotting the ball away.

Hibs next.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet