Dumbarton 4 - 0 East Fife 

League - League 1
Saturday, October 27th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 713
Referee: Greg Aitken
Dumbarton v East Fife, Oct 27th 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  East Fife

Calum Gallagher  (7)
Bobby Barr (45)
Stuart Carswell (51)
Dom Thomas (71)

Team Managers
Darren Young

Starting Eleven
Chris Smith
Cameron Ballantyne
Ross Perry
Andy Dowie
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Ross Forbes
Dom Thomas
Calum Gallagher
Iain Russell
Brett Longden
Ross Dunlop
Chris Kane
Pat Slattery
Aaron Dunsmore
Scott Agnew
Liam Watt
Ross Davidson
Craig Watson
Anton Dowds
Jonathan Court

Jamie McGowan
Scott Allardice
Brad Spencer
Andy Little
Michael Paton
Mark Docherty
Craig Thomson
Kevin Smith
Scott McBride
Scott Linton
Craig McDowall
Kyle Bellu

Brad Spencer for Kyle Hutton (75)
Michael Paton for Dom Thomas (79)
Andy Little for Iain Russell (82)
Mark Docherty for Pat Slattery (55)
Kevin Smith for Anton Dowds (55)
Craig Thomson for Aaron Dunsmore (66)

None. Chris Kane (36)
Ross Davidson (69)

Red Cards
None. Ross Davidson (69)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Chris Smith (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Cameron Ballantyne 6 apps -
Ross Perry 10 apps -
Andy Dowie 65 apps2 goals
Kyle Hutton 62 apps -
Bobby Barr 17 apps4 goals
Stuart Carswell 68 apps3 goals
Ross Forbes 36 apps4 goals
Dom Thomas 3 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher 63 apps11 goals
Iain Russell 146 apps38 goals
Brad Spencer (sub) 9 apps2 goals
Michael Paton (sub) 12 apps1 goal
Andy Little (sub) 10 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 210 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (20 years 215 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 142 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Chris Smith(Signed October 25th, 2018)


YOU have an extra hour this weekend. Spend it savouring this 90 minutes.

Whether this was a one-off to welcome Jim Duffy to the manager's chair, or the start of something big, only time will tell.

But it was Dumbarton's biggest goal haul for 20 months. It was gained against an East Fife team who had won all of their last eight, two of those against Championship clubs.

And it did not remotely flatter Sons. From Calum Gallagher's opening goal on six minutes to Dom Thomas' fourth on 70, via Bobby Barr on 45 and Stuart Carswell on 50, they flew through the challenge.

They also finished numerically superior to their visitors, who had Ross Davidson sent off on 68 minutes for two bookings in the same incident.

Duffy highlighted the importance of consistency in his first interview with the club website last week. If his team can deliver this with consistency, there will be no complaints from anybody with any affinity towards Dumbarton.

After the new manager entered the field to warm applause from the fans, there was intrigue as to how his debut would go. His last four predecessors had all won on their league debuts, after all.

And within six minutes, that record stood more chance of remaining intact. After controlling Kyle Hutton's diagonal ball, Gallagher cut into the area and scored with a narrow angled shot.

It wasn't as if chances were coming at a rate of knots for Sons, but they were more than comfortable. They were only really troubled by a low Scott Agnew shot which rolled just past.

Iain Russell's next goal will be the 200th of his career, and on 34 minutes he was unlucky not to get it when the keeper turned his shot over. The outcome was a goal kick.

Gallagher's goal looked like being all Dumbarton had to defend at the interval, but right on the whistle, what a boost.

Thomas punished hesitancy at the back from East Fife and after getting into the area, squared to Barr for a tap-in.

It was widely expected that the visitors, after their recent form, would still fancy their chances of fighting back in the second half. But the best way to guard against it was to score another goal.

Five minutes into the second half, a short corner. Ross Forbes, Barr, Forbes again, Carswell at the back post to stick away the low ball. Simple as that.

Shortly afterwards Thomas' angled free kick was saved, but he would have his moment eventually.

Not before East Fife were reduced to 10 men, though, as Davidson was initially booked for a pull on Thomas' jersey. His dissent earned him a second caution and thereby a dismissal.

And within minutes of that, Thomas collected possession and strolled through to score with a low 25-yard shot.

A Barr shot was deflected just wide, and in the end no further goals were forthcoming.

But in his first match as manager, Duffy's Dumbarton delivered.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


Programme cover / Team sheet