Livingston 2 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Tony Macaroni stadium
Attendance: 732
Referee: Colin Steven
Livingston v Dumbarton, Jan 27th 2018, Tony Macaroni stadium
Livingston Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Alan Lithgow (23)
Ryan Hardie (28)
None.

Team Managers
David Hopkin Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Neil Alexander
Craig Halkett
Alan Lithgow
Gregor Buchanan
Jordan Thompson
Scott Pitman
Declan Gallagher
Nicky Cadden
Raffaele Da Vita
Lee Miller
Ryan Hardie
Scott Gallacher
Andy Dowie
Dougie Hill
Craig Barr
Liam Dick
David Smith
Tom Walsh
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Iain Russell
Kevin Nisbet

Bench
Dylan Mackin
Scott Robinson
Steven Boyd
Joshua Mullin
Nikolay Todorov
Matthew Knox
Gary Maley
Jamie Ewings
Danny Handling
Chris Johnston
David Wilson
Dimitris Froxylias
Calum Gallagher

Substitutions
Scott Robinson for Gregor Buchanan (49)
Steven Boyd for Jordan Thompson (74)
Joshua Mullin for Nicky Cadden (79)
Dimitris Froxylias for Dougie Hill (64)
Calum Gallagher for Iain Russell (73)
David Wilson for Tom Walsh (83)

Bookings
Craig Halkett (20) Liam Dick (30)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 32 apps -
Andy Dowie 30 apps -
Dougie Hill 19 apps -
Craig Barr 29 apps2 goals
Liam Dick 4 apps -
David Smith 60 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 45 apps4 goals
Kyle Hutton 26 apps -
Stuart Carswell 37 apps1 goal
Iain Russell 120 apps36 goals
Kevin Nisbet 1 app (debut) -
Dimitris Froxylias (sub) 18 apps4 goals
Calum Gallagher (sub) 35 apps3 goals
David Wilson (sub) 26 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Nisbet (20 years 330 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 83 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 226 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Nisbet (20 years 330 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 83 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 303 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Kevin Nisbet(Signed January 22nd, 2018)

Milestones

THERE is still time. But the urgency continues to grow.

Dumbarton, for the first time this season, are in the bottom two of the Championship. The position they've been touted for by many onlookers.

This game, against Livingston, saw the reasons why. It was their sixth blank scoresheet in seven in the league, and the first half goals for the home side were all too easy for Alan Lithgow and Ryan Hardie.

One goal in 630 league minutes - by a player who is no longer with the club - is no recipe for achieving any goal. The run never looked like ending in a dispiriting afternoon in West Lothian.

But Sons have been here before, and defied the odds. There are still 14 league games left, and it may only be one of them until they are ahead of Falkirk again.

Nobody, though, needs to tell them what elements of the game need to improve. Failure to do so will mean no change from that position.

Not for the first time, this was a game which, although Dumbarton finished with nothing, started reasonably evenly.

A low Jordan Thompson shot for Livi was held by Scott Gallacher, while a Tom Walsh free kick was deflected wide.

The 23rd minute was then where it all started going wrong. A corner found the unmarked Lithgow at the back post and, just as in the first meeting of the sides this season, he opened the scoring.

Stuart Carswell was close to equalising with a close range shot which was saved, but what followed on 28 minutes could only be described as calamitous.

A long ball downfield was left to each other by the Sons rearguard. Before responsibility could be taken, Hardie snapped up the opportunity and shot home.

Counting Rangers and their under-20s as different teams, Hardie has now scored against Dumbarton for five different opponents.

He almost had another on 33 minutes, but hit the post with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Thompson had a shot turned over, while Lithgow was again left unattended at a corner but this time headed wide.

Sons were slightly revived early in the second half with a Kyle Hutton shot. It had pace and was on target, but was straight at the keeper.

But there then followed a spell where Livi somehow couldn't extend their lead. Hardie again hit the woodwork, this time the crossbar, while Gallacher did well to save from Rafa De Vita at close range.

Hardie and De Vita were then off target with further opportunities.

As time was played out, Calum Gallagher had a late shot from a corner which was saved.

This game will be followed by a series of fixtures against fellow bottom half competitors in the Championship.

The danger zone is now occupied. The time is there to escape, and a potential escape route is known. Putting points on the board.

But it needs to be executed.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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