St Mirren 5 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, 7:45 PM at Paisley 2021 Stadium
Attendance: 3,964
Referee: Colin Steven
St Mirren v Dumbarton, Mar 27th 2018, Paisley 2021 Stadium
St Mirren Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Lewis Morgan (13)
Cammy Smith (32)
Daniel Mullen (49)
Gavin Reilly (70)
Lewis Morgan (85)
None.

Team Managers
Jack Ross Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
Harry Davis
Gary MacKenzie
Adam Eckersley
Liam Smith
Cammy Smith
Kyle Magennis
Stephen McGinn
Daniel Mullen
Gavin Reilly
Lewis Morgan
Ryan Flynn
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Liam Dick
Andy Dowie
Andy Stirling
Dimitris Froxylias
Liam Burt
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Kevin Nisbet

Bench
John Sutton
Ross Stewart
Jack Baird
Myles Hippolyte
Stelios Demetriou
Ian McShane
Gavin Reilly
Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Chris McLaughlin
David Wilson
Calum Gallagher
Tom Walsh
Mark Stewart

Substitutions
Stelios Demetriou for Adam Eckersley (60)
Gavin Reilly for Daniel Mullen (67)
Ian McShane for Kyle Magennis (78)
Calum Gallagher for Kevin Nisbet (55)
Tom Walsh for Dimitris Froxylias (63)
David Wilson for Liam Burt (72)

Bookings
None. Liam Dick (54)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 41 apps -
Craig Barr 36 apps2 goals
Liam Dick 9 apps -
Andy Dowie 39 apps -
Andy Stirling 46 apps3 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 26 apps6 goals
Liam Burt 8 apps -
Kyle Hutton 35 apps -
Stuart Carswell 46 apps1 goal
David Smith 66 apps2 goals
Kevin Nisbet 7 apps -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 40 apps4 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 48 apps4 goals
David Wilson (sub) 27 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 11 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 42 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 59 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 11 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 97 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THERE really isn't much you can add to the scoreline.

Except that it is just about a fair reflection. 'Just about', because, well, it could have been more.

This was the fixture Dumbarton could have done without. Three days after the Irn Bru Cup final, away to the team who will deservedly, sooner rather than later, win the Championship title.

It was a hiding to nothing in waiting. All Sons could do was dig in, give it their best shot and hope to frustrate St Mirren.

Once Lewis Morgan opened the scoring for the home side, that possibility was more or less out the window.

Cammy Smith doubled the lead by half time, and Danny Mullen and Gavin Reilly crashed home further efforts before Morgan rounded things off.

Keeper Scott Gallacher more than earned his money as well.

The small mercy was that it wasn't as bad, score-wise, as the last midweek visit to Paisley, which in 2008 saw seven unanswered goals put past the Sons side who went on to win the Third Division title.

But silverware is far from the agenda this time around. Eighth place is the target and, with Inverness CT beating Dundee United, a huge hammer blow was delivered up north.

Defeat to St Mirren was a hit Dumbarton could have taken if the Arabs had delivered a favour. Instead the gap is now seven points and the chances of survival without the need for play-offs now seem even more remote.

Gallacher's first action of the night was to save from Mullen after the striker cut in from the left only for the keeper to block at close range.

Dimitris Froxylias was then unlucky with a 20-yard shot which was saved before the leaders' fun and games really began on 13 minutes.

After possession was surrendered out wide, the Buddies played the ball across the edge of the box, from where Morgan bent home a shot.

Kyle Hutton then headed over at the back post before David Smith headed off the line as Kyle Magennis' corner threatened to go straight in.

On 32 minutes, though, more hesitant defending allowed his namesake Cammy a close range finish.

A minute later Kevin Nisbet's effort was on target, but Craig Samson get enough of a touch to deflect it behind.

After that things went downhill at a rate of knots as Saturday's exertions caught up with Sons and St Mirren took full advantage.

Mullen was just unable to finish Ryan Flynn's angled drive before Flynn again went for goal, shooting just over.

Instead it was four minutes after the restart when Mullen made it 3-0, finishing a low ball from the left at close range.

Gallacher made fine saves from Smith and Mullen before, after 70 minutes, he blocked from Reilly at close range. Unfortunately the loose ball spun towards goal and the striker had an easy finish when it came down again.

With five minutes left possession was again squandered cheaply, but that couldn't take anything away from a classy long-range finish by Morgan.

It was almost the final insult that this goal was heralded by Dumbarton's usual goal celebration music.

Even then, that seven-goal thrashing of a decade ago could still have been matched, but Gallacher saved well from Reilly and Flynn.

A final whistle has rarely come as such a relief.

Match report by Andy Galloway



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