Dunfermline Athletic 4 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 3:00 PM at East End Park
Attendance: 5,506
Referee: Colin Steven
Dunfermline Athletic v Dumbarton, Apr 28th 2018, East End Park
Dunfermline Athletic Dumbarton 

Kallum Higginbotham (18)
Kallum Higginbotham (25)
Fraser Aird (45)
Ryan Williamson (65)

Team Managers
Allan Johnston Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Lee Robinson
Lee Ashcroft
Callum Morris
Lewis Martin
Ryan Williamson
James Craigen
James Vincent
Fraser Aird
Kallum Higginbotham
Andy Ryan
Nicky Clark
Jamie Ewings
Craig Barr
Dougie Hill
Aidan Wilson
Liam Burt
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Andy Stirling
Kyle Hutton
Kevin Nisbet
Iain Russell

Cameron Gill
Jason Talbot
Joe Cardle
Declan McManus
Dean Shiels
Nat Wedderburn
Danny Armstrong
Scott Gallacher
Danny Handling
Dimitris Froxylias
David Wilson
Calum Gallagher
Grant Gallagher
Mark Stewart

Jason Talbot for Lee Ashcroft (46)
Joe Cardle for Kallum Higginbotham (61)
Declan McManus for Nicky Clark (66)
Grant Gallagher for Iain Russell (23)
Mark Stewart for Kevin Nisbet (61)
Danny Handling for Liam Burt (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Craig Barr (9)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 82 apps -
Craig Barr 44 apps4 goals
Dougie Hill 27 apps -
Aidan Wilson 4 apps -
Liam Burt 15 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 50 apps1 goal
David Smith 68 apps2 goals
Andy Stirling 53 apps3 goals
Kyle Hutton 43 apps -
Kevin Nisbet 10 apps -
Iain Russell 128 apps36 goals
Grant Gallagher (sub) 54 apps6 goals
Danny Handling (sub) 20 apps3 goals
Mark Stewart (sub) 34 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 91 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 53 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 91 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 174 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 263 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Stuart Carswell played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

SO that was the hard part of the season.

Now for the harder one.

Dumbarton had nothing at stake in this final game of the scheduled league season, against Dunfermline.

Except pride. Which took a battering.

There may have been something in this game for Sons when it kicked off. Within nine minutes there was very little and after another nine there was nothing.

Craig Barr's early straight red card for a professional foul was followed by the first of two goals by Kallum Higginbotham. After the Pars midfielder added his second, Fraser Aird made it 3-0.

The home side didn't play the second half in a higher gear than they needed to, with a promotion play-off to come on Tuesday night, but still added one more goal through Ryan Williamson.

They are heading into their midweek play-off on a high. If only Dumbarton were facing theirs in such spirits.

But from Wednesday night at Arbroath, everything that has happened since matchday one, at home to Morton in August, goes out the window.

That two-legged tie, and any two-legged final, will be season 2017/18 right there, right then.

After Nicky Clark shot just past for Dunfermline inside 10 seconds, Barr's afternoon was ended very early.

He was judged to have brought down Andy Ryan as the Pars striker broke free and, for the second time this season, walked.

Sons actually went close after that, with Kevin Nisbet doing well to create space to shoot, but denied by the keeper.

Jamie Ewings then saved from Ryan, with that being unlikely to be his last task of the day.

It wasn't, but his next was to dig the ball out of the net. Higginbotham volleyed in a cross from the left and that, to many, was open season on the Sons goal.

On 25 minutes later the same player doubled the lead, bending in a narrow angled shot after his teammates passed their way through.

Ewings then did well to deny Ryan a tap-in after the striker met Aird's square ball, but was left powerless with another Higginbotham shot, from distance, on 42 minutes. Fortunately the crossbar kept it down to 2-0.

But that was only the case for another three minutes, with Aird cutting inside and bending home a shot at the far post.

Two minutes into the second half, Ryan should have made it four but misplaced a free header.

Then on 66 minutes, Joe Cardle, instead of scoring his almost customary goal against Sons, instead set Williamson up to score at close range.

A Declan McManus effort just missed the target before Ewings did brilliantly to save from the same player.

There was more than a hint of 'Thank goodness that's over' at full time.

It was Dumbarton's last ordinary league match until August. The next week, or two, will decide which league the next one will be in.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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