Dumbarton 0 - 2 Dunfermline Athletic 

League - Championship
Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Attendance: 1,142
Referee: Alan Muir
Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic, Apr 15th 2017, Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Dumbarton  Dunfermline Athletic

Goalscorers
None. Rhys McCabe (80)
David Hopkirk (85)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Ross McCrorie
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Daniel Harvie
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Stuart Carswell
Andy Stirling
Lewis Vaughan
Robert Thomson
Sean Murdoch
Andy Geggan
Callum Morris
Lee Ashcroft
Jason Talbot
Kallum Higginbotham
Rhys McCabe
Nat Wedderburn
Paul McMullan
Gavin Reilly
Michael Moffat

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Tom Lang
Garry Fleming
Calum Gallagher
Christian Nade
Joe Nuttall
Ryan Williamson
Lewis Martin
Michael Paton
David Hopkirk
Joe Cardle
Lewis Spence
David Hutton

Substitutions
Christian Nade for Lewis Vaughan (73)
Joe Nuttall for Darren Barr (81)
David Hopkirk for Gavin Reilly (71)
Michael Paton for Michael Moffat (82)

Bookings
Gregor Buchanan (37)
Callum Morris (35)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 36 apps -
Ross McCrorie 7 apps -
Darren Barr 68 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 74 apps3 goals
Daniel Harvie 31 apps3 goals
David Smith 40 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 24 apps3 goals
Stuart Carswell 13 apps -
Andy Stirling 38 apps3 goals
Lewis Vaughan 12 apps3 goals
Robert Thomson 40 apps10 goals
Christian Nade (sub) 26 apps11 goals
Joe Nuttall (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 280 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (32 years 37 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 148 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 280 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (32 years 262 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 108 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

TWO second half goals saw Dumbarton go down 2-0 to Dunfermline this afternoon, in a game made difficult for both teams by the wind.

Both teams were fast out of the starting blocks, with Sons having more of the early chances and Dunfermline establishing midfield dominance as the half progressed.

Robert Thomson, Sam Stanton and Lewis Vaughan each had a couple of goes for Sons, but could not find the target.

At the other end, Alan Martin was properly called into action for the first time on 23 minutes, as he tipped over a header from the Pars' Callum Morris.

The key moment of the half for Dumbarton came on 33 minutes, when Dumbarton captain Darren Barr nodded the ball down into Gregor Buchanan's path, but he hit it straight at the keeper from close range.

Then a short while afterwards a dipping volley from Dunfermline danger man Rhys McCabe flew just past the post.

After the break Sons had another chance to take the lead. Andy Stirling got on the end of a low cross from David Smith directed it agonisingly wide.

At the other end, Dunfermline thought they had taken the lead, but Paul McMullan had actually misfired into the side netting.

Then on 79 minutes Dumbarton failed to clear their lines and Rhys McCabe punished them with a low, long drive into the bottom corner.

The killer blow from Pars came from a fine move finished off by David Hopkirk from close range on 84 minutes for 2-0.

The Sonstrust Man of the Match was goalie Alan Martin, who put in another impressive display, in spite of the goals.

The loss puts Sons under pressure for the last three games of the Championship season, starting with a trip to face Queen of the South in Dumfries next Saturday.

Sons now sit in ninth place in the Ladbrokes SPFL Championship, just behind a revived St Mirren on goal difference, and three points clear of Ayr United, who prop up the table.

Match report by Simon Barrow



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet