Dumbarton 0 - 1 Stranraer 

League - League 1
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 686
Referee: John McKendrick
Dumbarton v Stranraer, Dec 22nd 2018, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Stranraer

None. Kyle Turner (66)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Chris Smith
Cameron Ballantyne
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Calum Gallagher
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Michael Paton
Max Currie
Jamie Hamill
Andrew McDonald
Daniel Higgins
Chris McGowan
Mark Lamont
Connir McManus
Kyle Turner
Grant Anderson
Innes Cameron
Paul Crossan

Jamie McGowan
Scott Allardice
Brad Spencer
Ryan Thomson
Ian Smith
Lyle Avci
Max Ashmore
David Smith
Ciaran Diver

Brad Spencer for Michael Paton (77)
Scott Allardice for Willie Dyer (85)
Ryan Thomson for Bobby Barr (88)
Ian Smith for Paul Crossan (83)
Ciaran Diver for Grant Anderson (88)

Ross Forbes (90)
Daniel Higgins (51)
Max Currie (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Chris Smith (GK) 6 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 14 apps -
Andy Dowie 71 apps2 goals
Willie Dyer 19 apps -
Calum Gallagher 71 apps13 goals
Bobby Barr 25 apps4 goals
Kyle Hutton 70 apps -
Stuart Carswell 76 apps3 goals
Dom Thomas 10 apps4 goals
Ross Forbes 44 apps7 goals
Michael Paton 20 apps2 goals
Scott Allardice (sub) 12 apps -
Brad Spencer (sub) 16 apps3 goals
Ryan Thomson (sub) 15 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 258 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 153 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (20 years 271 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 281 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 14 days
Domestic Players:15 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


THE last time Dumbarton scored in a league match at home to Stranraer, it was a current player who did it.

But by the time the Blues return to the C&G Systems Stadium in April, that will be more than 14 years ago.

Since Iain Russell scored in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, March 26 2005, every one of Stranraer's visits to G82 in league action has resulted in a win and a clean sheet.

There have only been three of them, but it's still a bit of an Indian sign. At least last season's Irn Bru Cup victory neutralises it a bit.

A player who was seven years old when Russell scored that goal ensured the third of those.

Stair Park midfielder Kyle Turner rounded off a fine individual display with the only goal of the game on 65 minutes.

It was poor festive fare, with neither side landing too many blows on the opposite goal all afternoon. Unfortunately for Sons, the visitors managed to find the net and they did not.

A disappointing, frustrating and challenging season to date has now reached the halfway point with Dumbarton, positionally, some way off where they wanted to be.

There is still the second half to come, and fourth place is still within six points' reach. The trouble is that seventh is five points away.

One more outing, at Stenhousemuir on Saturday, and then 2018 is consigned to the history books. It is one that Sons will surely be glad to see the back of, and embrace 2019 hoping that it brings better fortunes.

They went close on 18 minutes with a Dom Thomas strike which went narrowly past, while Mark Lamont's shot at the other end was also wide.

Calum Gallagher also missed the target for Sons while a minute later, Bobby Barr's shot was blocked by the keeper at close range.

In the second half, Turner's shot was kept out by Chris Smith, but after a fierce shot by Thomas was saved, the Stranraer midfielder wasn't to be denied.

His run went largely unchallenged before he fired in a shot from 20 yards which was outwith Smith's reach.

A Ross Forbes free kick went close, but close now wasn't enough. After Stuart Carswell headed a corner wide, Forbes put in a corner in injury time. Exactly the same as against Airdrie two weeks ago.

But where Brad Spencer headed home against the Diamonds, nobody got the touch on an excellent delivery this time around.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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