Stenhousemuir 2 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, December 29th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Ochilview Park
Attendance: 536
Referee: Mike Roncone
Stenhousemuir v Dumbarton, Dec 29th 2018, Ochilview Park
Stenhousemuir Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Harry Paton (8)
Mark McGuigan (54)
Ross Forbes (45)
Ross Forbes (90)

Team Managers
Colin McMenamin

Starting Eleven
Graeme Smith
Alan Reid
Conor McBrearty
Morgyn Neill
Ruaridh Donaldson
Harry Paton
Mark Ferry
Seb Ross
Alan Cook
Mark McGuigan
Bobby Vaughan
Chris Smith
Andy Dowie
Willie Dyer
Scott Allardice
Cameron Ballantyne
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher

Bench
Jesus Garcia Tena
Conner Duthie
Thomas Halleran
Lewis McMinn
Colin McMenamin
Kevin O'Hara
Jamie McGowan
Brad Spencer
Ryan Thomson
Michael Paton

Substitutions
Conner Duthie for Bobby Vaughan (60)
Kevin O'Hara for Mark McGuigan (85)
Ryan Thomson for Scott Allardice (68)
Michael Paton for Calum Gallagher (86)
Brad Spencer for Willie Dyer (87)

Bookings
Alan Reid (28)
Conor McBrearty (56)
None.

Red Cards
Conor McBrearty (90) None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Chris Smith (GK) 7 apps -
Andy Dowie 72 apps2 goals
Willie Dyer 20 apps -
Scott Allardice 13 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 15 apps -
Bobby Barr 26 apps4 goals
Kyle Hutton 71 apps -
Stuart Carswell 77 apps3 goals
Dom Thomas 11 apps4 goals
Ross Forbes 45 apps9 goals
Calum Gallagher 72 apps13 goals
Brad Spencer (sub) 17 apps3 goals
Ryan Thomson (sub) 16 apps -
Michael Paton (sub) 21 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (20 years 278 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 288 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 225 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (20 years 278 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 288 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 21 days
Domestic Players:15 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

FOUR goals scored by players wearing Stenhousemuir jerseys wasn't quite how Dumbarton envisaged finishing 2018.

In the end, it wasn't the worst outcome as a challenging year for the club came to a close.

On a day when Sons lined up in their hosts' Argentina-style away kit, they were dug out of a hole by goals which would befit the South Americans.

Twice Ross Forbes was given the opportunity to score with a 25-yard free kick - and twice he delivered.

Those cancelled out goals for the Warriors by Harry Paton and Mark McGuigan, in the early stages of each half.

Those looked like being enough to win it for Stenny before Connor McBrearty's afternoon ended slightly early for a second booking after he fouled Bobby Barr on the edge of the area, allowing Forbes to do the needful again.

Recent results have hardly been world-beating but that is now twice in four games that Dumbarton have battled to the end of fixtures which looked to be slipping away from them to claim a point.

They could only finish the calendar year bottom of League One if they lost this game heavily, but they made an ominous start in that respect.

After eight minutes, Paton broke through on goal and with the defence backing off, he fired home a low shot from the edge of the area.

Chris Smith saved well from Bobby Vaughan soon after that, but this game was not proving to be a late entry to the 2018 hall of fame.

Sons were working hard, but not looking much like finishing anything off. That was until they won a free kick right on the whistle.

Forbes stepped up, and with one touch of the ball, Dumbarton were heading in at half time level.

The second half made a more positive start, with Stuart Carswell heading a corner wide at the back post.

But another Sons corner then brought a goal - for Stenny. They broke quickly upfield from the set piece and McGuigan finished from close range.

Several corners were forced by Dumbarton in the second half, but again a finish was badly lacking.

Fortunately they had Forbes to rescue them again in the 90th minute after McBrearty's second caution which saw him sent packing. Soon after, courtesy of another Forbes set piece, his remaining team-mates saw two points disappear as well - and Dumbarton saw one gained.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet