Dumbarton 1 - 0 Brechin City 

League - Championship
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, 7:45 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 403
Referee: Alan Newlands
Dumbarton v Brechin City, Mar 13th 2018, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Brechin City

Dimitris Froxylias (37)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Darren Dods

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Andy Dowie
Sam Wardrop
Craig Barr
Liam Dick
Andy Stirling
Dimitris Froxylias
Danny Handling
Stuart Carswell
Kyle Hutton
Iain Russell
Patrick O'Neil
Sean Crighton
Kostadinov Gadzhalov
Euan Smith
Liam Watt
Callum Tapping
James Dale
Euan Spark
Callum Morrison
Kalvin Orsi
Dylan Mackin

Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Aidan Wilson
Liam Burt
Calum Gallagher
Kevin Nisbet
Mark Stewart
Gary Fusco
Finn Graham
Isaac Layne
Craig Storie
Scott Costello

Kevin Nisbet for Iain Russell (65)
Liam Burt for Danny Handling (77)
Mark Stewart for Dimitris Froxylias (86)
Gary Fusco for Kostadin Gadzhalov (20)
Isaac Layne for Kalvin Orsi (60)
Finn Graham for James Dale (77)

None. Kalvin Orsi (30)
Gary Fusco (52)
Euan Spark (67)
Callum Tapping (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 38 apps -
Andy Dowie 36 apps -
Sam Wardrop 26 apps1 goal
Craig Barr 33 apps2 goals
Liam Dick 8 apps -
Andy Stirling 44 apps3 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 23 apps6 goals
Danny Handling 12 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 43 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 32 apps -
Iain Russell 125 apps36 goals
Liam Burt (sub) 5 apps -
Kevin Nisbet (sub) 6 apps -
Mark Stewart (sub) 26 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Sam Wardrop (20 years 149 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 128 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 150 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 45 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 128 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 262 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


THE good news is that Jim McAllister's CD of the Piranhas playing 'Tom Hark' still works.

The bad news is that it took us 732 minutes of football to establish that.

But the great news may yet be still to come.

If Dumbarton had any aspirations at all of getting out of the division's bottom two, this was the must-win game to end them all.

It didn't have to be done spectacularly, or in any dominat fashion. They simply had to score more goals than Brechin.

Dimitris Froxylias opened the scoring on 37 minutes and, as it turned out, ended it as well.

They won't be selling DVDs of this game come the end of the season. But the job was done by that single goal, and help was received from Dunfermline in the form of their victory over Inverness CT.

It's a start, no more than that. There is still a lot of the mountain to climb. But Sons are off the ground.

From the start, Froxylias was the most likely to make the difference. He was unlucky on 13 minutes with a bending shot from the edge of the area which went just past.

He was then played in by Kyle Hutton at the end of a great run by the midfielder, but his finish was well over.

Andy Dowie then cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble from a corner, but eight minutes from half time Sons had their first league goal since Boxing Day.

The ball broke to Froxylias in the area from Andy Stirling's assist, and his bending shot found the net.

Five minutes later all the good work was nearly undone when some slack retention of the ball led to a chance for Callum Tapping, but Scott Gallacher was alert.

The second half was a scrap from start to finish, but a bit less of a scrap in the final 15 minutes when the chances came more Stirling's way.

His low shot from the edge of the area was saved before he tried his luck from further out, only for the keeper to be on form again.

In injury time he was closer to goal at a narrow angle, but his shot was past the far post.

Job done. It now must be done again, to the same opposition, on Saturday.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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