Dumbarton 2 - 0 Arbroath 

League - League 1
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 700
Referee: Scott Millar
Dumbarton v Arbroath, Mar 2nd 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Arbroath

Ross Forbes (pen.) (30)
Dom Thomas (52)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Craig Barr
David Ferguson
Cameron Ballantyne
Calum Gallagher
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Dom Thomas
Stuart Carswell
Ross Forbes
Ben Armour
Darren Jamieson
Lewis Bell
Ricky Little
Mark Whatley
Thomas O'Brien
Omar Kader
Ryan McCord
Gavin Swankie
Bobby Linn
Luke Donnelly
Greig Spence

Conor Brennan
Ryan Thomson
Iain Russell
Boris Melingui
Michael Paton
Jason Thomson
Danny Denholm
Michael McKenna
Steven Doris
Colin Hamilton
Darren Hill

Michael Paton for Ben Armour (70)
Boris Melingui for Bobby Barr (87)
Ryan Thomson for Calum Gallagher (90)
Danny Denholm for Omar Kader (64)
Steven Doris for Donnelly (65)
Michael McKenna for Spence (65)

Ross Forbes (56)
Dom Thomas (62)
Bobby Barr (82)
Michael McKenna (67)
Ryan McCord (82)

Red Cards
None. Michael McKenna (81)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 18 apps -
Craig Barr 58 apps6 goals
David Ferguson 6 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 23 apps -
Kyle Hutton 79 apps -
Dom Thomas 17 apps10 goals
Stuart Carswell 85 apps4 goals
Ross Forbes 53 apps12 goals
Calum Gallagher 79 apps14 goals
Bobby Barr 34 apps7 goals
Ben Armour 5 apps -
Ryan Thomson (sub) 23 apps -
Michael Paton (sub) 27 apps2 goals
Boris Melingui (sub) 5 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Barr (31 years 346 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 48 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 117 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 293 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Dom Thomas reached 10 goals for the Club.

BETTER late than never.

It might well be too late for Dumbarton to end this season with a top four finish, but recently it certainly has been better.

None more so than becoming the first team to beat Arbroath in their away league match since April, when they rested half their team for the playoffs.

Ross Forbes' penalty got them off and running after 28 minutes, and after 52, Dom Thomas maintained his record of scoring in every Saturday match since rejoining the club to seal it.

It was not two breakaways either, despite what the league positions of the two clubs may make it look like.

Forbes' goal had come after a positive start to the game, and after Thomas doubled the lead, Arbroath did threaten but there were chances to extend the advantage.

The Red Lichties only really went away after their substitute Michael McKenna was sent off for two bookings within 15 minutes of coming on.

The gap between Dumbarton and fourth place is now down to single figures. The elephant in the room is that East Fife, who occupy that spot, have two games in hand.

Given that those are against Brechin City and Stenhousemuir, wins for the Methil side may well appear more beneficial where Sons are concerned.

But they'll wait and see what happens. They now have a five-point cushion over ninth-placed City in a league where, going to Stranraer a fortnight ahead of this game, they were at the foot.

Cammy Ballantyne's shot on the turn rolled just past early doors, before Thomas' low ball back found Ben Armour.

Restored to the side ahead of injured Henk Van Schaik, the Morton loanee tried to place his shot, but the keeper was equal to it.

One thing he was not equal to was Forbes' penalty, which came after the Dumbarton midfielder was downed in the area by Ryan McCord.

Soon afterwards, Greig Spence just missed a high ball into the box after beating the offside line. Then minutes into the second half, McCord's long distance effort was just too high.

However, Sons are putting away chances more frequently than they were, and did it again on 52 minutes.

Bobby Barr sent Thomas clear on goal with a perfectly-weighted pass. Was the Dumbarton talisman ever going to miss?

Even under pressure, the home side were winning battles. Bobby Linn looked set to shoot for Arbroath, but an outstanding challenge by David Ferguson stopped him.

A third goal could then have been forthcoming when Thomas this time turned provider for Barr, but he shot over.

Grant Adam was then forced into his only serious save of the afternoon, doing well to block from Steven Doris at close range.

And when McKenna walked with nine minutes remaining after collecting a second yellow card for simulation, that was it as far as the leaders were concerned.

Barr almost set up Michael Paton for a third in the closing minutes, but the substitute shot past.

It was a happy Jim Duffy who met the press afterwards, and an afternoon which another JD would have enjoyed.

The late supporter James Dew, who passed away last week, was the subject of a minute's applause tribute in the 74th minute.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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