Dumbarton 1 - 1 Airdrieonians 

League - League 1
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 624
Referee: Colin Steven
Dumbarton v Airdrieonians, Dec 8th 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Airdrieonians

Brad Spencer (90)
Leighton McIntosh (3)

Team Managers
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Jamie McGowan
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Cameron Ballantyne
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Michael Paton
Ben MacKenzie
Kieran Millar
Sean Crighton
Kieran MacDonald
Chris O'Neil
Ryan Conroy
Grant Gallagher
Dale Carrick
Scott Stewart
Darryl Duffy
Leighton McIntosh

F Trialist
Scott Allardice
Brad Spencer
Joao Victoria
Dean Cairns
Cameron Russell
Sean McIntosh
Andrew McNeil
Jonathan Page
Joshua Edwards

Brad Spencer for Michael Paton (67)
Scott Allardice for Bobby Barr (78)
Joao Victoria for Daryll Duffy (69)
Dean Cairns for Grant Gallagher (80)
Cameron Russell for Dale Carrick (84)

Cameron Ballantyne (50)
Kieran MacDonald (53)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie McGowan (GK) 4 apps -
Andy Dowie 69 apps2 goals
Willie Dyer 17 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 12 apps -
Stuart Carswell 74 apps3 goals
Dom Thomas 8 apps4 goals
Ross Forbes 42 apps6 goals
Calum Gallagher 69 apps13 goals
Bobby Barr 23 apps4 goals
Kyle Hutton 68 apps -
Michael Paton 18 apps1 goal
Scott Allardice (sub) 11 apps -
Brad Spencer (sub) 14 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 244 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 142 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (20 years 257 days)
Oldest Player:F Trialist (48 years 353 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 184 days
Domestic Players:14 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


IT could barely have started any worse. It ended up being a tale of how it could have been better.

This, for Dumbarton, was quite possibly the two points that got away. But it could very easily have been three.

They were up against it from the second minute when Leighton McIntosh headed Airdrieonians in front.

If the rest of the first half was evenly contested, the second was missed chance after squandered opportunity for Sons.

Diamonds boss Ian Murray, three years to the weekend he resigned as St Mirren manager after defeat at Dumbarton, was on for victory over Sons for the second time in a fortnight.

Until one last hopeful corner by Ross Forbes was met by one powerful header from Brad Spencer, and something was taken from the game.

If even one more of those opportunities had hit the net, Dumbarton would be level with Airdrie on 20 points and one point away from fourth place.

But they were within that Spencer header of being only a point ahead of second-bottom Brechin City. Instead they are two clear, so that was something to take from the afternoon.

Almost right from the start they were up against it when Scott Stewart sent in a cross from the right. The home side were hesitant in dealing with it and McIntosh snapped up the chance from close range.

Talisman Dom Thomas was close for Sons on two occasions while a Kieran MacDonald effort for the visitors rolled narrowly wide.

Then what could have put the game 2-0 could just as easily have made it 1-1. Grant Gallagher's shot from the edge of the area took a looping deflection, hit the top of the bar and went over.

The resulting corner brought another chance - for Dumbarton. On the counter attack, Calum Gallagher's shot on the turn from Thomas' assist was saved.

Near the hour mark, it was switched about. A Sons corner failed to cause any significant panic and Airdrie went upfield, only for Dale Carrick to shoot past.

Minutes after that, Michael Paton shot over at close range after Andy Dowie headed down Forbes' free kick.

Moves and opportunities came and went, perhaps the most notable being Paton's replacement Spencer, heading Cammy Ballantyne's cross wide.

When Andy Dowie had a shot blocked at point blank range by the keeper, all that was left was the resulting corner.

Forbes to deliver, Spencer to score. Persistence had paid off.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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