Dumbarton 2 - 1 Montrose 

League - League 1
Saturday, September 15th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 529
Referee: David Dickinson
Dumbarton v Montrose, Sep 15th 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Montrose

Goalscorers
Andy Dowie (69)
Ross Forbes (pen.) (71)
Craig Johnston (42)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Stewart Petrie

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Scott Allardice
Cameron Ballantyne
Ross Forbes
Brad Spencer
Bobby Barr
Ryan Thomson
Stuart Carswell
Jack Aitchison
Allan Fleming
Michael Bolochoweckyj
Sean Dillon
Iain Campbell
Ryan Harrington
Jamie Redman
Patrick Cregg
Terry Masson
Andrew Steeves
Craig Johnston
Euan Henderson

Bench
Jamie McGowan
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Rory Loy
Iain Russell
Martyn Fotheringham
Graham Webster
Paul Watson
Martin Rennie
Liam Callaghan
Christian Antoniazzi
Jordan Millar

Substitutions
Kyle Hutton for Stuart Carswell (26)
Rory Loy for Jack Aitchison (36)
Iain Russell for Ross Forbes (85)
Martin Rennie for Euan Henderson (66)
Christian Antoniazzi for Patrick Cregg (79)
Liam Callaghan for Jamie Redman (79)

Bookings
Scott Allardice (50)
Ross Forbes (58)
Ryan Thomson (73)
Patrick Cregg (19)
Terry Masson (78)
Iain Campbell (90)

Red Cards
None. Michael Bolochoweckyj (73)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 12 apps -
Andy Dowie 60 apps2 goals
Willie Dyer 12 apps -
Scott Allardice 2 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 3 apps -
Ryan Thomson 11 apps -
Stuart Carswell 65 apps2 goals
Ross Forbes 31 apps3 goals
Brad Spencer 4 apps1 goal
Bobby Barr 12 apps3 goals
Jack Aitchison 2 apps -
Kyle Hutton (sub) 58 apps -
Rory Loy (sub) 10 apps -
Iain Russell (sub) 141 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jack Aitchison (18 years 198 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 119 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jack Aitchison (18 years 198 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 287 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

HAS it finally happened?

Was this the game where Dumbarton's injury-riddled season caught its spark?

It's too early to say, but the winning feeling came back to Sons on an afternoon of sheer graft.

They were in the same position at half time as they were against Montrose last week trailing to a Craig Johnston goal. As things stood at the interval, they were bottom of League One.

But it is amazing what a difference five minutes, never mind a week, can make in football.

On 68 minutes, Andy Dowie headed them level. On 71 minutes, Ross Forbes' penalty became the winner. On 73 minutes, Montrose captain Michael Bolochoweckyj was sent off. From there, it was seen out pretty comfortably save for one close call by the visitors.

And at the end of it all, Dumbarton were sixth. Funny old game right enough.

The things that remain consistent, though, are the injury troubles. By half time Stuart Carswell and Jack Aitchison had joined those on the sidelines.

How long they are out for remains to be seen. But this just might be lift-off.

Efforts by Forbes and Brad Spencer were saved by the visiting keeper fairly easily, while Euan Henderson and Jamie Redman passed up decent opportunities for the Gable Endies.

Grant Adam also made a fine save from Henderson after getting back into position when an effort to clear went awry.

But there was no such luck with three minutes left when Johnston dived to head home Andrew Steeves' cross.

For much of the second half there was little sign of an equaliser, but as it reached its midway point, things were about to turn round.

Forbes' corner evaded the Montrose keeper and Dowie was waiting to finish at the back post.

And within a further three minutes, Rory Loy was floored in the area by a push from Sean Dillon. Punishment was inflicted and Forbes stepped up to score the penalty.

It then got worse for Bolochoweckyj, already carrying a yellow card, when he was shown a straight red after a clash with Ryan Thomson.

What a position Sons were now in. And as the minutes went by, they worked well to see it out.

That was notwithstanding a Martin Rennie header which finished narrowly on what was, from Dumbarton's viewpoint, the right side of the post.

Loy had two chances to get his first goal in a Sons jersey, but that will have to wait until at least next week.

It could be important. Today, Dumbarton did enough.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet