Dumbarton 1 - 1 Montrose 

League - League 1
Saturday, January 26th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 521
Referee: Barry Cook
Dumbarton v Montrose, Jan 26th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Montrose

Boris Melingui (83)
Martin Rennie (89) pen

Team Managers
Jim Weir

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Henk Van Schaik
David Ferguson
Cameron Ballantyne
Bobby Barr
Ryan Thomson
Stuart Carswell
Ross Forbes
Kyle Hutton
Ben Armour
Boris Melingui
Allan Fleming
Andrew Steeves
Michael Bolochoweckyj
Graham Webster
Paul Watson
Martin Rennie
Lewis Milne
Sean Dillon
Iain Campbell
Paddy Cregg
Euan Henderson

Chris Smith
Craig Barr
Ross Perry
Calum Gallagher
Terry Masson
Ross Campbell
Ryan Harrington
Craig Johnston
Jamie Redman
Liam Callaghan
Josh Skelly

Calum Gallagher for Ryan Thomson (66)
Chris Smith for Grant Adam (81)
Craig Barr for Ben Armour (90)
Craig Johnston for Euan Henderson (63)
Terry Masson for Paul Watson (73)
Liam Callaghan for Lewis Milne (82)

Ryan Thomson (31)
Ben Armour (58)
Henk Van Schaik (62)
Boris Melingui (65)
Andrew Steeves (65)
Michael Bolochoweckyj (90)
Liam Callaghan (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 14 apps -
Henk Van Schaik 1 app (debut) -
David Ferguson 1 app (debut) -
Cameron Ballantyne 18 apps -
Bobby Barr 29 apps6 goals
Ryan Thomson 19 apps -
Stuart Carswell 80 apps3 goals
Ross Forbes 48 apps9 goals
Kyle Hutton 74 apps -
Ben Armour 2 apps -
Boris Melingui 1 app (debut)1 goal
Chris Smith (sub) (GK) 10 apps -
Craig Barr (sub) 55 apps6 goals
Calum Gallagher (sub) 75 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 289 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Barr (30 years 224 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 107 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 289 days)
Oldest Player:Chris Smith (32 years 335 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 155 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Boris Melingui(Signed January 30th, 2019)
David Ferguson(Signed January 25th, 2019)
Henk Van Schaik(Signed January 24th, 2019)

Boris Melingui scored his first goal for the Club.

GOING into the last two minutes of their previous two matches, Dumbarton have been in a position to take four points.

They have ended up with one.

Which is better than nothing, but is also part of the frustration of struggling at the wrong end of League One.

With their home game against Montrose still goalless with seven minutes remaining, they suddenly went on course to take all three.

Boris Melingui was the man who buried them at Brechin in August. Five months later, he looked like being the player who had won it for Sons against the Gable Endies in a trial match.

Five minutes later, though, a moment of slackness at the back resulted in the concession of a penalty, which Martin Rennie stuck away for Montrose.

Promising signs were once again there. But the last time Dumbarton won a match, Melingui was playing for the opposition. All of eight weeks prior to this game.

Games are not exactly on the verge of running out altogether, but the last quarter of the season is on the horizon and promising signs would gladly be traded for results.

The first half was one of poor fare. The visitors' Andrew Steeves forced returning keeper Grant Adam into a save with his legs midway through it.

Sons' closest call was right at the end of the half when a Bobby Barr cross was just too high for Melingui to reach.

Montrose would have felt they should have taken the lead early in the second half. Adam saved well from Euan Henderson only for the ball to head in Rennie's direction, but he missed his header at close range.

Soon afterwards, Stuart Carswell denied Henderson with a great challenge, before Adam saved again, this time from Graham Webster.

He then had to go off injured, but no sooner had Chris Smith replaced him than Sons were ahead.

Ross Forbes' free kick found Melingui 15 yards out, and his header was outwith the keeper's reach.

The minutes ticked by, but Sons couldn't see them all out without conceding the penalty, with the foul committed by Smith, and then the equaliser.

And that was it, really.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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