Stenhousemuir 2 - 1 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, September 1st, 2018, 3:00 PM at Ochilview
Attendance: 616
Referee: Alan Newlands
Stenhousemuir v Dumbarton, Sep 1st 2018, Ochilview
Stenhousemuir Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Seb Ross (10)
Conner Duthie (81)
Bobby Barr (6)

Team Managers
Brown Ferguson Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Graeme Smith
Alan Reid
Ruaridh Donaldson
Morgyn Neill
Jesus Garcia Tena
Keiran Gibbons
Sean Dickson
Seb Ross
Mark McGuigan
Kevin O'Hara
Conner Duthie
Grant Adam
Willie Dyer
Scott Allardice
Andy Dowie
Ryan Thomson
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Brad Spencer
Jack Aitchison
Rory Loy
Iain Russell

Bench
Lewis McMinn
Conor McBrearty
Thomas Halleran
Alan Cook
Bobby Vaughan
Colin McMenamin
Jamie McGowan
Stuart Carswell
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher

Substitutions
Bobby Vaughan for Mark McGuigan (74)
Thomas Halleran for Seb Ross (87)
Colin McMenamin for Kevin O'Hara (88)
Ross Forbes for Ryan Thomson (64)
Calum Gallagher for Rory Loy (82)

Bookings
Kieran Gibbons (51)
Alan Reid (72)
Ryan Thomson (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 10 apps -
Willie Dyer 10 apps -
Scott Allardice 1 app (debut) -
Andy Dowie 58 apps1 goal
Ryan Thomson 9 apps -
Kyle Hutton 57 apps -
Bobby Barr 10 apps3 goals
Brad Spencer 2 apps1 goal
Jack Aitchison 1 app (debut) -
Rory Loy 8 apps -
Iain Russell 139 apps37 goals
Ross Forbes (sub) 29 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher (sub) 59 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jack Aitchison (18 years 184 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 300 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 337 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Aitchison (18 years 184 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 300 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 38 days
Domestic Players:15 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Jack Aitchison(Signed August 31st, 2018)
Scott Allardice(Signed August 30th, 2018)

Milestones

HONOURS are never won in August - nor, for that matter, are they won on the first day of September.

But markers can be put down, and teams can make an early statement about what they hope to do.

Dumbarton did that at East Fife on the opening day of the season. Since then, their marker has vanished.

One point out of the next 12 wasn't quite how things were envisaged on the way home from New Bayview.

Nor was the fact that, for the second week in a row, Sons would be in a winning position only to come away with nothing.

Bobby Barr, just as he did seven days before, opened the scoring. His efforts in doing so, just as they did seven days before, counted for nothing, as Stenhousemuir turned it round through Seb Ross and Conner Duthie.

Seven minutes had elapsed when Barr put them ahead. Rory Loy flicked on Iain Russell's cross, and the winger drilled the ball home.

But the lead lasted four minutes as a high ball came into the area from the right, and Ross lobbed Grant Adam for the equaliser.

He then headed over from six yards from Kevin O'Hara's cross, before debutant Jack Aitchison saw his narrow-angled shot deflected wide.

O'Hara and Aitchison had further chances, while Andy Dowie's header from a corner was saved. Mark McGuigan also miskicked from another O'Hara assist for Stenny.

The second half was more graft than craft, but on 63 minutes Barr looked set to put Sons ahead again. He connected with Aitchison's low ball, but his finish was the wrong side of the post.

Ross then missed out on a double himself when he fired wide after Adam could only parry Ruaridh Donaldson's ball into the area.

But 10 minutes from full time, Sons failed to defend another low ball in from the left and Duthie fired home.

Dumbarton's squad remains riddled with injuries, but league points don't go to teams by way of sympathy.

They go to them for winning matches.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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