Dumbarton 0 - 0 Falkirk 

League - Championship
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 874
Referee: John McKendrick
Dumbarton v Falkirk, Dec 23rd 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Falkirk

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Chris McLaughlin
Andy Dowie
Sam Wardrop
Stuart Carswell
Tom Walsh
Dimitris Froxylias
David Wilson
Kyle Hutton
Christian Nade
Robbie Mutch
Aaron Muirhead
Peter Grant
Jordan McGhee
Mark Kerr
Tom Taiwo
Tony Gallacher
Reghan Tumilty
Rory Loy
Craig Sibbald

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
David Smith
Calum Gallagher
Danny Handling
Chris Johnston
Ally Roy
Robbie Thomson
Nathan Austin
Myles Hippolyte
Alex Harris
Lee Miller
Lewis Kidd
James Craigen

Substitutions
David Smith for Chris McLaughlin (66)
Calum Gallagher for David Wilson (77)
Chris Johnston for Dimitris Froxylias (90)
Myles Hippolyte for Tony Gallacher (61)
Alex Harris for Rory Loy (90)
Nathan Austin for Tom Taiwo (90)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 26 apps -
Craig Barr 23 apps2 goals
Chris McLaughlin 25 apps1 goal
Andy Dowie 24 apps -
Sam Wardrop 22 apps1 goal
David Wilson 23 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 22 apps -
Stuart Carswell 31 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 39 apps4 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 14 apps4 goals
Christian Nade 49 apps12 goals
David Smith (sub) 54 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher (sub) 29 apps1 goal
Chris Johnston (sub) 12 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 281 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 57 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 281 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 41 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

ELEVEN would have been nice - but eight points clear in a position of safety isn't a bad way to spend Christmas.

Dumbarton couldn't stretch their advantage over Falkirk to double figures. The only thing that ended up stretched was the squad, even further, due to injuries.

But despite a bad ankle injury sustained by Chris McLaughlin, which proved to be one of the main events of the afternoon, Sons had the grit to ensure a positive result.

A classic it certainly was not, but it was engrossing viewing. As evidenced in Dumbarton's previous two outings, one flash of inspiration can turn one point into three or none.

In the end, neither side could find it. The first half saw Sons go close a couple of times while the Bairns' efforts were narrowly off target; the second simply never got going.

At least it didn't until another couple of near misses by the home side. Calum Gallagher and Dimitris Froxylias had opportunities, but neither found the net.

In the end, the point was more useful to Dumbarton than it was to their opponents. And it can still become 11 points against Livingston on Boxing Day, although Falkirk will have two games in hand.

With Mark Kerr having shot narrowly wide for the Bairns, David Wilson and then Froxylias, in quick succession, had shots from distance for Sons, who were attacking into the wind.

But keeper Robbie Mutch was equal to each effort, and those were followed by some sustained pressure from Falkirk.

Louis Longridge, Peter Grant and Jordan McGhee all had a go, but none were on target.

The rest of the afternoon was scrappy, with Chris McLaughlin departing on a stretcher midway through the second half after landing awkwardly from going for a high ball.

With 12 of the regular 90 minutes left, Rory Loy was close for Falkirk but glanced a low ball from the right across goal.

Six minutes later Andy Dowie got his head to a free kick in the Bairns area, but Gallagher couldn't quite reach it at the back post.

And in the seventh of 10 added minutes, Froxylias cut inside, but his shot from 25 yards was the wrong side of the post.

At the end of Sons' final pre-Christmas outing, nobody's festive spirits were too badly dampened.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet