Dumbarton 0 - 1 Dunfermline Athletic 

League - Championship
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 1,086
Referee: John Beaton
Dumbarton v Dunfermline Athletic, Jan 6th 2018, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Dunfermline Athletic

Goalscorers
None. Joe Cardle (24)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Dougie Hill
Liam Dick
Andy Dowie
David Wilson
Calum Gallagher
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Tom Walsh
Greg Morrison
Lee Robinson
Lee Ashcroft
Jean Yves M'voto
Jason Talbot
Ryan Williamson
Nat Wedderburn
Dean Shiels
Joe Cardle
Michael Paton
Nicky Clark
Declan McManus

Bench
Jamie Ewings
Danny Handling
Chris Johnston
Christian Nade
Ally Roy
Kallum Higginbotham
Callum Smith
Andy Ryan
Callum Morris
Fraser Aird
Lewis Martin
Craig Burt

Substitutions
Christian Nade for Greg Morrison (45)
Danny Handling for Andy Dowie (60)
Chris Johnston for Calum Gallagher (80)
Andy Ryan for Declan McManus (78)
Callum Smith for Nicky Clark (78)
Kallum Higginbotham for Dean Shiels (83)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 29 apps -
Craig Barr 26 apps2 goals
Dougie Hill 17 apps -
Liam Dick 2 apps -
Andy Dowie 27 apps -
David Wilson 24 apps1 goal
Calum Gallagher 32 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 34 apps1 goal
David Smith 57 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 42 apps4 goals
Greg Morrison 15 apps1 goal
Danny Handling (sub) 5 apps -
Chris Johnston (sub) 14 apps -
Christian Nade (sub) 52 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Greg Morrison (19 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 296 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 26 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Greg Morrison (19 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 296 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 125 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

GOALS. The source of joy and despair in equal measure in football.

There haven't been that many of them in Dumbarton's recent games. And when there have, they haven't gone the way they'd want.

Each half of this game against Dunfermline was dominated by the team attacking the Castle Road end. But only one of them did what was required in attack.

That team was the Pars, courtesy of a finely-crafted and finished goal by Joe Cardle midway through the first half.

Aside from that, it was once again hard to pick up on where the Dumbarton defence went that far wrong. It was equally hard to see where things were going to go right further up the pitch.

In the last six games, Sons have conceded six goals - four of them in the same fixture. Over the same spell, they have scored two - one being a stunning winner away to the league leaders, the other a mere consolation in a thumping reverse.

Feeling sorry for themselves will get them nowhere - but neither will continuing to fail to look like scoring. The defence remains strong, but that will only get them so far.

There was some craft, and the usual ton of effort, but the guile to finish chances off was not there. It has to materialise.

Cardle could have opened the scoring in only three minutes, but Scott Gallacher did well to save at close range.

Instead, after controlling Dean Shiels' diagonal pass on 23 minutes, he bent home a shot from the edge of the area.

Gallacher made further saves in the first half from Nicky Clark and Michael Paton, but the Pars' dominance was broken up by some opportunities for Sons.

But after Calum Gallagher was denied by Lee Ashcroft's challenge, David Wilson headed Liam Dick's cross over.

Within 10 minutes of the restart Dumbarton had again gone close, but Christian Nade's header from Tom Walsh's cross was off target.

It was followed by plenty possession, but too little end product, with Dunfermline looking dangerous on the break.

With nine minutes left visiting sub Andy Ryan got through on goal, but his narrow angled shot was wide. There was still hope.

But David Smith's long distance shot was always rising, and when Wilson had a shot deflected wide, that was it.

Sons remain eighth but their cushion over Falkirk is being eaten away, and could be gone altogether by the time St Mirren visit G82 on Saturday.

There is a lot of football to be played yet. But how many goals to be scored?

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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