Brechin City 1 - 0 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Glebe Park
Attendance: 456
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Brechin City v Dumbarton, Jan 12th 2019, Glebe Park
Brechin City Dumbarton 

Callum Tapping (90) None.

Team Managers
Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Patrick O'Neil
Paul McLean
Dougie Hill
Callum Tapping
Sean Burns
Kalvin Orsi
Scott Robertson
Euan Spark
Jordan Sinclair
Andy Jackson
Chris Smith
Cameron Ballantyne
Andy Dowie
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Ryan Thomson
Ross Forbes
Ben Armour
Michael Paton

Conor Brennan
Aron Lynas
Guiliano Morena
Boris Melingui
Ross Kavanagh
Callum Hendry
Jamie McGowan
Craig Barr
Brad Spencer

Ross Kavanagh for Euan Spark (63)
Callum Hendry for Jordan Sinclair (78)
Brad Spencer for Ben Armour (80)

Callum Tapping (67)
Callum Hendry (83)
Scott Robertson (84)
Michael Paton (38)
Kyle Hutton (57)
Ben Armour (65)

Red Cards
None. Michael Paton (60)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Chris Smith (GK) 9 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 17 apps -
Andy Dowie 74 apps2 goals
Calum Gallagher 74 apps13 goals
Kyle Hutton 73 apps -
Bobby Barr 28 apps6 goals
Stuart Carswell 79 apps3 goals
Ryan Thomson 18 apps -
Ross Forbes 47 apps9 goals
Ben Armour 1 app (debut) -
Michael Paton 23 apps2 goals
Brad Spencer (sub) 19 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 302 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 330 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 302 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 141 days
Domestic Players:14 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ben Armour(Signed January 11th, 2019)


AT least when last-minute goals started hurting Dumbarton last season, they waited until March.

Most of the second half of the season still remains, but how much damage could this one do?

As much as the ones conceded to Alloa and Inverness CT last season? Maybe not, but the workload to ensure it doesn't just got greater.

Jordan Tapping had already done enough damage to Dumbarton's hopes at one end as part of an organised Brechin defence.

He then inflicted it at the other with a goal that summed up the game - scrappy, but ultimately the winners wouldn't care how they got the three points.

A cheaply conceded corner led to a goalmouth scramble where the City defender won the race to get a foot to the ball.

Although never lacking in effort from either side, the contest was short of quality from start to finish. It would have been hard to argue against a goalless scoreline.

But when a corner was conceded with the final whistle imminent, what was about to happen was predictable.

A season which started with such high hopes now sees Sons only avoiding the bottom two places by a single goal.

There are still 15 matches to play and who knows? Maybe somebody will decide that Dumbarton have had enough go against them this season and something will turn.

It could, equally, be that the current sequence of events has some length left in it yet. But nobody wants to entertain that.

Early on, Bobby Barr was unlucky with a low shot which just missed the target after he cut in from the left.

Then when Ross Forbes sent in a free kick, Ryan Thomson saw his shot blocked. The bright start faded but Brechin were being kept at arm's length.

That was until half time when Jordan Sinclair's deflected effort went over off the top of the bar.

The second half was almost equally lacking in cutting edge, but Brechin did gain an advantage with Paton's second booking for a poor challenge on Sean Burns.

Soon after, Euan Smith shot across goal and wide. In response, Andy Dowie's header was brilliantly turned wide from another free kick by Forbes.

Little did many people know, at this point, how much meaning a goal would have had there, with Dowie less than 24 hours away from hanging up his boots.

The crossbar then got assaulted again as a speculative ball in by Dougie Hill hit the top of the goal and went over.

Then, in injury time, Calum Hendry's volley from the edge of the area rolled wide. It looked like the near misses hadn't proven costly and the points would be shared.

And then Dumbarton conceded a corner.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton