Dumbarton 1 - 1 AirdrieoniansLeague - League 1
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Referee: Colin Steven
Brad Spencer (90)
||Leighton McIntosh (3)|
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)|
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Jamie McGowan (GK)||4 apps||-|
|Andy Dowie||69 apps||2 goals|
|Willie Dyer||17 apps||-|
|Cameron Ballantyne||12 apps||-|
|Calum Gallagher||69 apps||13 goals|
|Bobby Barr||23 apps||4 goals|
|Kyle Hutton||68 apps||-|
|Stuart Carswell||74 apps||3 goals|
|Dom Thomas||8 apps||4 goals|
|Ross Forbes||42 apps||6 goals|
|Michael Paton||18 apps||1 goal|
|Scott Allardice (sub)||11 apps||-|
|Brad Spencer (sub)||14 apps||3 goals|
|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)|
|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