Dumbarton 0 - 2 St Mirren 

League - Championship
Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 1,178
Referee: Alan Newlands
Dumbarton v St Mirren, Oct 14th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  St Mirren

Goalscorers
None. Gavin Reilly (36)
John Sutton (70)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jack Ross

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Chris McLaughlin
Craig Barr
Andy Dowie
Sam Wardrop
Kyle Hutton
David Wilson
Dimitris Froxylias
Tom Walsh
Christian Nade
Mark Stewart
Craig Samson
Gregor Buchanan
Jack Baird
Adam Eckersley
Liam Smith
Cameron Smith
Ian McShane
Stephen McGinn
Gavin Reilly
Lewis Morgan
Ross Stewart

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Kyle Prior
David Smith
Calum Gallagher
Chris Johnston
Ally Roy
Greg Morrison
Stelios Demetriou
Kyle Magennis
John Sutton
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Darryl Duffy
Cameron MacPherson
Ross Stewart

Substitutions
Ally Roy for Mark Stewart (76)
Greg Morrison for Christian Nade (76)
Chris Johnston for Tom Walsh (84)
John Sutton for Ross Stewart (55)
Kyle Magennis for Lewis Morgan (84)
Stelios Demetriou for Gavin Reilly (87)

Bookings
Kyle Hutton (28)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 16 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 16 apps -
Craig Barr 14 apps2 goals
Andy Dowie 14 apps -
Sam Wardrop 12 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 12 apps -
David Wilson 16 apps1 goal
Dimitris Froxylias 7 apps3 goals
Tom Walsh 29 apps2 goals
Christian Nade 43 apps12 goals
Mark Stewart 13 apps3 goals
Chris Johnston (sub) 8 apps -
Ally Roy (sub) 14 apps1 goal
Greg Morrison (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 211 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 212 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 160 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (18 years 50 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 212 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 63 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THE result certainly wasn't the one they wanted.

But just occasionally, most of what you can take from defeat is positive stuff.

Dumbarton, against league leaders St Mirren, did little wrong. They more than held their own against a side who showed why they are top of the league.

Unfortunately Sons did fail where the Buddies, specifically Gavin Reilly and John Sutton, succeeded. Not only did those two visiting players score - they did so during spells when their team was on top.

Chances were created by Dumbarton, but in this sort of encounter they have to hit the net.

It was surely all that stood between Sons and at least a draw against their high-flying visitors. It simply wasn't to be.

Dumbarton, though, need to bounce back after consecutive league defeats. The league table does make positive reading at the quarter mark, but the hard work goes on and needs to bring results by whatever means.

It was clear from the early stages that this game was not going to end goalless, as it made an all-action start.

After Andy Dowie cleared off the line from Ross Stewart, play raced upfield, with Christian Nade just unable to reach Mark Stewart's flicked header from Tom Walsh's cross.

Soon after, the two goalkeepers were tested. Scott Gallacher deflected Stephen McGinn's effort behind while Dimitris Froxylias was kept out from a shot from the corner of the area.

And this was all within the first 11 minutes.

After Froxylias was narrowly wide with another shot, the pace dropped, but just after the half hour mark, Gallacher was again on form to keep Reilly out at close range.

But there was nothing he could do to stop the same player eight minutes from half time, as the striker headed home Adam Eckersley's cross from the left.

Sons almost responded within minutes when Walsh played Nade in, but his shot from the edge of the area was wayward.

The early second half was arguably where everything pointed to this not being Dumbarton's day. Walsh blasted over from a narrow angle before Stewart twice went close. Craig Barr also just missed Froxylias' free kick at full stretch.

St Mirren got things together again and Lewis Morgan forced Gallacher into another fine save, but things were done and dusted 20 minutes from full time.

Sutton was in to meet Ian McShane's corner with a ferocious header which found the net.

Apart from a Froxylias shot which went straight at the keeper in the dying minutes, that was it. St Mirren were content to take their winning margin and denied Sons much opportunity to dent it.

It was a day when Dumbarton deserved more for their hard work and enterprising play. But it is now on to Cappielow to face Morton needing that to be repeated - with an end product.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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