Airdrieonians 2 - 2 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 3:00 PM at Penny Cars Stadium
Attendance: 709
Referee: John McKendrick
Airdrieonians v Dumbarton, Feb 2nd 2019, Penny Cars Stadium
Airdrieonians Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Darryl Duffy (2)
Leighton McIntosh (64)
Bobby Barr (56)
Dom Thomas (86)

Team Managers
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
David Hutton
Chris O'Neil
Sean Crighton
Kieran MacDonald
Scott Stewart
Keiran Millar
Grant Gallagher
Ryan Conroy
Leighton McIntosh
Declan Glass
Daryll Duffy
Grant Adam
Cameron Ballantyne
David Ferguson
Henk Van Schaik
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Boris Melingui
Michael Paton

Bench
Dale Carrick
Kyle Wilkie
Scott Robertson
Josh Campbell
Ben McKenzie
Josh Edwards
Jonathan Page
Conor Brennan
Craig Barr
Ross Perry
Calum Gallagher
Ryan Thomson
Ben Armour

Substitutions
Scott Robertson for Kieran MacDonald (65)
Kyle Wilkie for Darryl Duffy (78)
Josh Edwards for Conroy (83)
Ross Perry for Stuart Carswell (50)
Ben Armour for Kyle Hutton (75)
Ryan Thomson for Michael Paton (86)

Bookings
None. Stuart Carswell (48)
Kyle Hutton (49)
Grant Adam (66)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 15 apps -
David Ferguson 2 apps -
Henk Van Schaik 2 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 19 apps -
Dom Thomas 13 apps5 goals
Ross Forbes 49 apps9 goals
Kyle Hutton 75 apps -
Bobby Barr 30 apps7 goals
Stuart Carswell 81 apps3 goals
Boris Melingui 2 apps1 goal
Michael Paton 24 apps2 goals
Ross Perry (sub) 15 apps -
Ryan Thomson (sub) 20 apps -
Ben Armour (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Henk Van Schaik (21 years 18 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Barr (30 years 231 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 254 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 296 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Barr (31 years 318 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 353 days
Domestic Players:14 (82.35 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

BE honest - was it ever going to be anybody else who decided the outcome of this game?

Forty-eight hours before it, Dom Thomas' return to Dumbarton had many people in a frenzy. Sons had their talisman for the rest of the season.

And even as the minutes were running out, with Dumbarton 2-1 behind, it was hard not to feel he still had something to contribute.

With five minutes left, he duly did, running on to Ben Armour's flicked header and applying an angled finish.

It would be a lie to say that this was the result Sons were targeting ahead of facing Airdrieonians in a game which only went ahead after two pitch inspections.

But trailing as they were before Thomas' late intervention, with Bobby Barr's fine finish only consolation to goals by Darryl Duffy and Leighton McIntosh, it was acceptable.

It wasn't enough to get them out of the bottom two, though, and having played more games than any of the other lowest four clubs in League One, they are under threat.

After a free Saturday this week, the subsequent trip to Stranraer could be huge.

They were on level terms for barely the first 60 seconds of this game, and that damage was done by a player called Duffy.

After Grant Adam could only parry McIntosh's shot into the goal area, the Airdrie striker was not going to miss from six yards.

Adam then prevented a second for the home side, doing well to save with his legs from Declan Glass.

Dumbarton were struggling, but Thomas got a shot on target before Henk Van Schaik headed a corner wide. Another Thomas shot forced a save from the keeper just before the interval.

Then, five minutes after the restart, a great piece of skill brought them level. After Barr was found out wide, he bent the corner into the net from the edge of the area.

Control had been gained without really threatening the opposition keeper. That made what happened next slightly predictable.

Out of nothing, Airdrie regained the lead on 64 minutes when McIntosh latched on to a through ball and finished from a narrow angle.

Adam then made a great save from Glass, with Sons once again coming under fire, before a response was delivered.

Michael Paton was denied by a great save from the home keeper, who turned his effort over the bar - for a goal kick.

A goal was looking as tough to achieve as ever, but once Armour found Thomas with the header, he ran in and did the rest.

Indeed, one point could have been three, but neither Boris Melingui or Ryan Thomson could hit the target.

The anoraks had one stat to come away with. If the teams draw again at the C&G Systems Stadium on Saturday, March 16, it will be the first time under the 24-year-old current league format that Dumbarton have drawn all four league games in a season against any team.

Better still - if Sons win it, they'll help themselves get away from their current position.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet