Falkirk 0 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 3:00 PM at The Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 6,094
Referee: Colin Steven
Falkirk v Dumbarton, Feb 24th 2018, The Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Paul Hartley Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Conor Hazard
Jordan McGhee
Aaron Muirhead
Thomas Robson
Reghan Tumilty
Joe McKee
Craig Sibbald
Tom Taiwo
Alex Jakubiak
Andrew Nelson
Louis Longridge
Scott Gallacher
Sam Wardrop
Craig Barr
Liam Dick
Andy Dowie
Calum Gallagher
Danny Handling
Stuart Carswell
Kyle Hutton
Andy Stirling
Kevin Nisbet

Bench
Peter Grant
Rory Loy
Lewis Kidd
Robbie Thomson
Alex Harris
Ryan Blair
Paul Watson
Jamie Ewings
Aidan Wilson
Liam Burt
Dimitris Froxylias
Iain Russell
Mark Stewart
Christian Nade

Substitutions
Rory Loy for Tom Taiwo (77) Mark Stewart for Calum Gallagher (62)
Liam Burt for Danny Handling (75)
Christian Nade for Kevin Nisbet (83)

Bookings
None. Liam Dick (15)
Craig Barr (70)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 36 apps -
Sam Wardrop 24 apps1 goal
Craig Barr 32 apps2 goals
Liam Dick 6 apps -
Andy Dowie 34 apps -
Calum Gallagher 37 apps3 goals
Danny Handling 10 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 41 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 30 apps -
Andy Stirling 43 apps3 goals
Kevin Nisbet 4 apps -
Liam Burt (sub) 3 apps -
Mark Stewart (sub) 24 apps4 goals
Christian Nade (sub) 56 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Sam Wardrop (20 years 132 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 345 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 347 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 28 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 111 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 252 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

WITHIN three minutes, this already looked like being another one of those days in front of goal for Dumbarton.

Fortunately, by half time, the same could be said for Falkirk.

But although this was a useful point for Sons, they missed out on the three they really wanted.

After Stuart Carswell missed an early chance, three different Bairns players proceeded to hit the woodwork a total of four times. Quite how the two teams headed in at half time without a goal between them was anybody's guess.

Chances came and went less frequently in the second half, but most of what there was fell to Dumbarton. In their situation, those opportunities need dispatched.

The run-in for survival is now looming and although they remain in charge of their own destiny, hardly any of 'those days in front of goal' are affordable. The ball has to be hitting the net at every opportunity.

Carswell's chance of putting his name in lights came on three minutes when he stole possession and raced in on goal, only to miss the target with a low, angled shot.

After Scott Gallacher saved well from Joe McKee, Falkirk had their first brush with the woodwork as from the resulting corner, Craig Sibbald's low drive struck the post.

Craig Barr then blocked from Louis Longridge before Reghan Tumilty's crosd bent all the way through, only to hit the post.

Andrew Nelson then forced Gallacher into another save, before he intercepted the goalkeeper's clearance. He went for it from considerable distance, but his only glory would be in TV's crossbar challenge.

And after Calum Gallagher glanced a header wide from Sam Wardrop's cross, Sibbald again struck the woodwork, this time when his shot from the edge of the area crashed off the bar.

The second half had been more sterile before the introduction of Mark Stewart as a sub for Sons. Within a minute of his entrance, he just couldn't connect with Kyle Hutton's delivery into the area.

Kevin Nisbet and then McKee each forced smart saves from their respective opposition keepers before Gallacher got enough on Nelson's shot to turn it wide.

Then, in injury time, Liam Burt's shot was beaten away by the keeper. The loose ball deflected off Stewart, but rolled agonisingly wide.

One of those days. But the time for those is running out.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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