Stranraer 3 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Stair Park
Attendance: 305
Referee: Barry Cook
Stranraer v Dumbarton, Oct 6th 2018, Stair Park
Stranraer Dumbarton 

Grant Anderson (9)
David Brownlie (34)
Paul Crossan (65)
Ross Forbes (12)
Dom Thomas (60)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Max Currie
David Smith
David Brownlie
Jamie Hamill
Adam Cummins
Andrew McDonald
Connor McManus
Kyle Turner
Grant Anderson
Luke Donnelly
Paul Crossan
Robbie Mutch
Scott Allardice
Ross Perry
Andy Dowie
Ryan Thomson
Bobby Barr
Brad Spencer
Ross Forbes
Dom Thomas
Calum Gallagher
Iain Russell

Daniel Higgins
Isaac Layne
Ian Smith
Lyle Avci
Cameron Elliott
Innes Cameron
Ciaran Diver
Jamie McGowan
Stuart Carswell
Andy Little
Michael Paton

Isaac Layne for Grant Anderson (79)
Daniel Higgins for Luke Donnelly (86)
Innes Cameron for Paul Crossan (90)
Michael Paton for Ross Forbes (68)
Andy Little for Calum Gallagher (72)

David Brownlie (52) Ross Perry (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Robbie Mutch (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Scott Allardice 5 apps -
Ross Perry 8 apps -
Andy Dowie 63 apps2 goals
Ryan Thomson 14 apps -
Bobby Barr 15 apps3 goals
Brad Spencer 7 apps2 goals
Ross Forbes 34 apps4 goals
Dom Thomas 1 app (debut)1 goal
Calum Gallagher 62 apps10 goals
Iain Russell 144 apps37 goals
Michael Paton (sub) 10 apps1 goal
Andy Little (sub) 9 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Mutch (20 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 335 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 13 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Mutch (20 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 335 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 320 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Dom Thomas(Signed September 30th, 2018)
Robbie Mutch(Signed October 5th, 2018)

Dom Thomas scored his first goal for the Club.

IT started with a 3-2 win at the ground where his playing career began.

It ended with a 3-2 defeat in the arena where he started as a manager.

Stevie Aitken's spell with Dumbarton was closed by the team they recruited him from back in May 2015.

Nearly three and a half years after he started against Morton, his tenure closed at Stranraer on another afternoon of deep frustration.

Grant Anderson and David Brownlie had the home side ahead twice, but those goals were equalised by Ross Forbes and Dom Thomas.

But there was no leveller to PJ Crossan's goal on 66 minutes which proved to be the home side's winner.

And with that, a chapter closed.

The scoring was opened in 11 minutes when Anderson took control of a long ball and ran in to lob the ball over debuting keeper Robbie Mutch.

But the deficit lasted only two minutes. Bobby Barr's cross was flicked on by Calum Gallagher ahead of the keeper and Forbes scrambled the ball away.

Forbes tried again from distance but saw his shot saved.

Then 10 minutes from half time, Brownlie was left unmarked at a corner and converted from six yards.

On the hour mark Sons were level again, Thomas marking his debut with a deflected shot which found the net.

However, six minutes later Crossan's run was not tracked, and he shot home from 15 yards.

Thomas tried again twice, but his efforts were saved, and that was as close as Dumbarton got to a third equaliser.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet