Dumbarton 2 - 1 Brechin City 

League - Championship
Saturday, September 16th, 2017, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 589
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dumbarton v Brechin City, Sep 16th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Brechin City

Goalscorers
Mark Stewart (82)
Dimitris Froxylias (86)
Jordan Sinclair (2)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Darren Dods

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Dougie Hill
Chris McLaughlin
Craig Barr
Sam Wardrop
David Wilson
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Dimitris Froxylias
Tom Walsh
Greg Morrison
Graeme Smith
Paul McLean
William Dyer
Ryan McGeever
James Dale
Finn Graham
Aron Lynas
Conor McLennan
Kalvin Orsi
Sean Crighton
Jordan Sinclair

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Andy Dowie
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Christian Nade
Ally Roy
Mark Stewart
Gary Fusco
Alistair Love
Isaac Layne
Liam Watt
Chris O'Neill
Euan Spark
Patrick O'Neil

Substitutions
Mark Stewart for David Smith (46)
Christian Nade for Greg Morrison (60)
Kyle Hutton for Stuart Carswell (68)
Liam Watt for Jordan Sinclair (72)
Euan Spark for Conor McLennan (77)
Isaac Layne for Kalvin Orsi (87)

Bookings
None. Paul McLean (43)
James Dale (90)

Red Cards
None. Aron Lynas (71)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 12 apps -
Dougie Hill 9 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 12 apps -
Craig Barr 10 apps1 goal
Sam Wardrop 8 apps -
David Wilson 12 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 23 apps -
David Smith 53 apps2 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 3 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 25 apps1 goal
Greg Morrison 2 apps -
Kyle Hutton (sub) 8 apps -
Mark Stewart (sub) 9 apps2 goals
Christian Nade (sub) 39 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Hill (32 years 251 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 115 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 184 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 352 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

WE may have seen the first big twist in the battle for Championship survival.

And it's a positive one. Even if it was done the hard way.

Dumbarton were behind to fellow part-timers Brechin from an early stage - two minutes, to be exact. Whether it goes down as a Jordan Sinclair effort or a Scott Gallacher own goal, it wasn't the way to start such an important game.

What followed was a lot of hard work. For most of the afternoon, Sons looked more likely to score than City did to extend their lead. But the cutting edge was still badly missing.

Even after the sending off of the visitors' Aaron Lynas for a bad tackle on David Wilson, this was looking like being a fifth consecutive home league game without a goal.

But then the knocking at the door finally paid off. Christian Nade set up fellow substitute Mark Stewart, and then Dimitris Froxylias, to score the vital goals in the last eight minutes.

As a result of a late rally, the Championship table looked a whole lot better, with win number one on the board for Sons.

The effort was never in doubt, and had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping for the visitors, Dumbarton could have won by more. But some elements need tightened up if this victory is to be added to.

One area to look to improve is to avoid conceding first - which is exactly what Sons did after less than two minutes.

Sinclair's narrow angled shot found the net at Gallacher's near post, via a touch from the goalkeeper.

The first sign of a goal for Dumbarton was on 14 minutes when Chris McLaughlin fired in a shot from 30 yards which the keeper turned over.

Minutes later the situation was nearly more urgent, but Dougie Hill cleared off the line from Connor McLennan.

Wilson and Froxylias forced saves from the Brechin keeper during what was left of the first half, but frustration was already growing.

It got more intense when the newly-introduced substitute Stewart had his header cleared off the line by Willie Dyer.

The game then got scrappy before Lynas lunged in on Wilson and, with 20 minutes remaining, his dismissal gave Sons a man advantage.

What followed was one-way traffic. Froxylias was twice denied by the keeper, who also kept out Tom Walsh's volley from Sam Wardrop's cross.

But with eight minutes left, Nade headed the ball down for Stewart to fire home.

It was there to be won now, and four minutes later Nade took off down the left and sent a low ball over for Froxylias to convert from six yards.

Even with 30 league games left, those could be four of the most important minutes of Sons' season.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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