Brechin City 3 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, August 25th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Glebe Park
Attendance: 371
Referee: Mike Roncone
Brechin City v Dumbarton, Aug 25th 2018, Glebe Park
Brechin City Dumbarton 

Boris Melingui (60)
Callum Tapping (77)
Boris Melingui (90)
Bobby Barr (18)
Brad Spencer (56)

Team Managers
Darren Dods Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Connor Brennan
Euan Smith
Ryan McGeever
Dougie Hill
Sean Burns
Kalvin Orsi
Callum Tapping
Guiliano Morena
Jordan Sinclair
Boris Melingui
Andy Jackson
Grant Adam
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Ryan Thomson
Kyle Hutton
Andy Little
Rory Loy
Michael Paton
Iain Russell

Euan Spark
Aron Lynas
Patrick O'Neil
Harvey Dailly
Jamie McGowan
Calum Gallagher
Brad Spencer
Ross Forbes

Euan Spark for Dougie Hill (84) Ross Forbes for Michael Paton (22)
Brad Spencer for Stuart Carswell (50)
Calum Gallagher for Rory Loy (87)

Jordan Sinclair (68) Ryan Thomson (35)
Ross Forbes (51)
Bobby Barr (68)
Willie Dyer (72)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 9 apps -
Andy Dowie 57 apps1 goal
Willie Dyer 9 apps -
Bobby Barr 9 apps2 goals
Stuart Carswell 63 apps2 goals
Ryan Thomson 8 apps -
Kyle Hutton 56 apps -
Andy Little 7 apps -
Rory Loy 7 apps -
Michael Paton 9 apps1 goal
Iain Russell 138 apps37 goals
Brad Spencer (sub) 1 app (debut)1 goal
Calum Gallagher (sub) 58 apps9 goals
Ross Forbes (sub) 28 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Carswell (24 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 293 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 347 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McGowan (21 years 213 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 293 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 166 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Brad Spencer(Signed August 30th, 2018)

Brad Spencer scored his first goal for the Club.

THINGS were back on the rails with an hour played of this game.

Within a further 30 minutes, Dumbarton's season continued off course.

Goals by Bobby Barr and a trialist midfielder had Sons in command at Brechin. All they had to do was hold firm.

But once Boris Melingui pulled one back within minutes of the trialist's goal, it was feared that it might unravel.

Those fears were realised when Calum Tapping equalised for City, and in injury time, Melingui's second won it for them.

It got more frustrating than that. The trialist was on the field because Stuart Carswell had left it with injury, and Michael Paton had also been forced off earlier.

A game which was hoped to restore the winning habit for Sons ended up being one of frustration and major disappointment.

Rory Loy was first to threaten, but headed a cross from the left over from six yards.

However, on 17 minutes, a corner was flicked back by a defender in Barr's direction, and whether he meant it or not, he bent the ball in at the far post.

Soon afterwards, Iain Russell intercepted a slack pass and ran in on goal, but the keeper blocked at close range.

Brechin served some warning just before half time, starting when Melingui couldn't quite meet Andy Jackson's low ball across goal.

Jackson himself then tested Grant Adam twice. Nothing was decided in this game.

That was even more so early in the second half when only ricochets off defenders stopped Melingui twice, and then Dougie Hill, from scoring in a goalmouth scramble.

That was on 55 minutes, and on 56 Dumbarton had doubled their lead. The trialist thrashed home a 20-yard shot and they were in firm control.

A position they were in for all of five minutes, when Melingui turned to fire home from a narrow angle.

A Hill header then hit the outside of the post as the half became one-way traffic.

On 76 minutes came the equaliser which had been threatened. Tapping almost completely replicated Melingui's goal by turning to shoot home from a narrow angle.

With nine minutes left Dumbarton looked more like getting their lead back. Barr's low shot from the edge of the area was saved, and then in injury time, Calum Gallagher headed home a cross from the right.

Unfortunately he did so from an offside position. If only the same could be levelled at Melingui in injury time.

He wasn't, he scored at close range, and instead of two points, all three had slipped through Sons' fingers.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton