Dumbarton 0 - 2 Forfar Athletic 

League - League 1
Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 575
Referee: David Munro
Dumbarton v Forfar Athletic, Aug 11th 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Forfar Athletic

None. John Baird (27)
John Baird (70)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jim Weir

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Willie Dyer
Ross Perry
Craig Barr
Andy Dowie
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Rory Loy
Michael Paton
Marc McCallum
Ross Meechan
Aidan Wilson
Michael Travis
Darren Whyte
Jamie Bain
Thomas Reilly
Murray MacKintosh
Lewis Moore
Dale Hilson
John Baird

Jamie McGowan
Ryan Thomson
Bobby Barr
Andy Little
Iain Russell
Dylan Easton
Gary Fraser
Eddie Malone
John Kelly
Connor Coupe
Ben Starkey
Willie Muir

Bobby Barr for Calum Gallagher (45)
Iain Russell for Rory Loy (71)
Ryan Thomson for Ross Perry (77)
Dylan Easton for Dale Hilson (85)
Gary Fraser for Lewis Moore (87)

Ross Perry (16)
Kyle Hutton (59)
Michael Travis (40)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 6 apps -
Willie Dyer 6 apps -
Ross Perry 5 apps -
Craig Barr 52 apps6 goals
Andy Dowie 54 apps1 goal
Ross Forbes 25 apps1 goal
Calum Gallagher 55 apps9 goals
Kyle Hutton 53 apps -
Stuart Carswell 60 apps2 goals
Rory Loy 4 apps -
Michael Paton 6 apps -
Bobby Barr (sub) 6 apps1 goal
Ryan Thomson (sub) 5 apps -
Iain Russell (sub) 135 apps36 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Calum Gallagher (23 years 338 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 148 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 27 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McGowan (21 years 199 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 279 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 363 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


THIS wasn't supposed to happen.

Nobody said League One would be easy for Dumbarton. Everybody should have known it would be a huge exercise with 36 rounds of hard work.

But things weren't expected to be like this on matchday two.

The first home game of the campaign is an opportunity to make an impression early doors. To show your new opponents that this is your fortress, that it is a place to fear visiting.

Sons did not do that. A double by Forfar assistant manager John Baird undid a lot of the positive start to the season at East Fife the previous week.

On another day, this game might have been better for Sons. Maybe Rory Loy's early header would have found the net. Maybe Calum Gallagher's penalty, six minutes from half time, wouldn't have been saved.

One bad result at that stage, of course, is not fatal to a season, any more than one good one wraps anything up.

But for the second Saturday in three, Dumbarton reached 5pm knowing they needed a response to a hugely disappointing afternoon.

Loy's header in the second minute came from a Ross Forbes cross, but his header was over.

Forbes then tried himself with a 25-yard free kick, but the keeper turned his shot wide before Baird headed wide from a decent position.

He was then given a second chance on 26 minutes, and this time made no mistake. After connecting with a high ball into the area, he spun away from the defence and finished.

Dumbarton's response was decent but failed to make the desired impact. Gallagher headed past before the keeper saved from Andy Dowie's header.

Then six minutes from half time, the same keeper saved from Gallagher's penalty after the striker was held in the area by Michael Travis.

Seeking more threat in the second half, Sons had most of the possession but the keeper remained largely untroubled.

And with 20 minutes left, Forfar passed their way through and Baird was left to roll the ball home from 18 yards.

Kyle Hutton and Iain Russell forced further saves, but despite the late flurry, Sons first home league game of the season ended in a disappointing defeat.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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