Stranraer 0 - 3 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Stair Park
Attendance: 327
Referee: Grant Irvine
Stranraer v Dumbarton, Feb 16th 2019, Stair Park
Stranraer Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. Ross Forbes (56)
Dom Thomas (80)
Ross Perry (83)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Max Currie
Jamie Hamill
David Brownlie
Andrew McDonald
David Smith
Connor McManus
Kyle Turner
Grant Anderson
Joao Victoria
Innes Cameron
Paul Crossan
Grant Adam
Ross Perry
David Ferguson
Henk Van Schaik
Cameron Ballantyne
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher

Bench
Mark Lamont
Ali McCann
Lyle Avci
Cameron Elliott
Conor O'Keefe
Conor Brennan
Ryan Thomson
Boris Melingui
Michael Paton
Ben Armour

Substitutions
Cameron Elliott for Victoria (60)
Conor O'Keefe for Paul Crossan (60)
Mark Lamont for David Smith (72)
Ryan Thomson for David Ferguson (77)
Boris Melingui for Calum Gallagher (82)

Bookings
Connor McManus (53)
Andrew McDonald (70)
None.

Red Cards
Andrew McDonald (73) None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 16 apps -
Ross Perry 16 apps1 goal
David Ferguson 3 apps -
Henk Van Schaik 3 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 20 apps -
Kyle Hutton 76 apps -
Bobby Barr 31 apps7 goals
Stuart Carswell 82 apps3 goals
Dom Thomas 14 apps6 goals
Ross Forbes 50 apps10 goals
Calum Gallagher 76 apps13 goals
Ryan Thomson (sub) 21 apps -
Boris Melingui (sub) 3 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Henk Van Schaik (21 years 32 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Barr (30 years 245 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 311 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Bobby Barr (30 years 245 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 232 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ross Forbes played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Ross Forbes reached 10 goals for the Club.
Ross Perry scored his first goal for the Club.

YOU'VE done something once in nearly 28 years. You might as well do it again in style.

It would be fair to say that Stranraer's Stair Park has not been Dumbarton's favourite away trip over the years.

Since winning 2-1 there in February 2003, eight consecutive trips the length of the A77 had resulted in defeat prior to this game.

Which made it all the more pleasing that goals by Ross Forbes, Dom Thomas and Ross Perry ended that run. They also finished the wait for the first win of 2019 against a 10-man home side who had Andy McDonald sent off for two bookings.

All were scored in the second half. In truth, Dumbarton were so far on top of this game that there could have been no complaints had they been scored in the first.

Three matches unbeaten with a haul of five points and six goals may not exactly be world-beating but Sons may just be finding their stride.

After an early effort by Calum Gallagher was turned away by the keeper, midway through the first half, Forbes looked as if he had opened the scoring.

His effort from the corner of the area hit the upright, with any at best hopeful appeals that it crossed the line quelled by the non-movement of the assistant referee.

Was that the moment that defined this as another afternoon where Dumbarton dominated without reward?

A fierce Joao Vitoria shot was then straight at Grant Adam before Thomas forced a save out of the home keeper.

It was felt by several onlookers that Sons should be ahead in this game - and on 52 minutes, what a goal to finally put them there.

After neat passes by Bobby Barr and Calum Gallagher, Thomas played the ball up for Forbes to thrash home.

On another day, that lead could have been lost just after the hour mark. A slip at the back allowed Kyle Turner in, but he blasted over.

After Gallagher saw another effort saved, a further advantage was then gained as McDonald picked up two bookings for pulls on Thomas' jersey within three minutes.

And with 12 minutes left, it was done and dusted as Thomas' low shot rolled under the keeper and in, barely with any spin as it found the net.

Five minutes after that came the third goal, as Ryan Thomson put a corner across goal, and in the ensuing scramble, Perry finished it off.

A couple of other chances could have resulted in a fourth, but with the way Stair Park has become a graveyard over the years, any margin of victory was welcome.

Lift-off?

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet