Dumbarton 0 - 2 Forfar AthleticLeague - League 1
Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Referee: David Munro
John Baird (27)
John Baird (70)
|Stevie Aitken||Jim Weir|
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)|
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Grant Adam (GK)||6 apps||-|
|Andy Dowie||54 apps||1 goal|
|Willie Dyer||6 apps||-|
|Ross Perry||5 apps||-|
|Craig Barr||52 apps||6 goals|
|Stuart Carswell||60 apps||2 goals|
|Ross Forbes||25 apps||1 goal|
|Calum Gallagher||55 apps||9 goals|
|Kyle Hutton||53 apps||-|
|Rory Loy||4 apps||-|
|Michael Paton||6 apps||-|
|Ryan Thomson (sub)||5 apps||-|
|Bobby Barr (sub)||6 apps||1 goal|
|Iain Russell (sub)||135 apps||36 goals|
|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)|
|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