Dumbarton 1 - 2 Stenhousemuir 

League - League 1
Saturday, March 30th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 613
Referee: Steven Reid
Dumbarton v Stenhousemuir, Mar 30th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Stenhousemuir

Goalscorers
Craig Barr (85)
David Marsh (27)
Conor McBrearty (72)

Team Managers
Colin McMenamin

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Cameron Ballantyne
Craig Barr
David Ferguson
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Dom Thomas
Ryan Thomson
Ross Forbes
Michael Paton
Graeme Smith
David Marsh
Andy Munro
Morgyn Neil
Conor McBrearty
Mark Ferry
Russell Dingwall
Ruaridh Donaldson
Alan Reid
Greg Hurst
Mark McGuigan

Bench
Brian McLean
Ben Armour
Boris Melingui
Iain Russell
Sean Dickson
Lewis McMinn
Conner Duthie
Ryan Watters
Thomas Halleran
Sebastian Ross
Keiran Gibbons

Substitutions
Boris Melingui for Michael Paton (45)
Ben Armour for David Ferguson (82)
Keiran Gibbons for David Marsh (76)
Thomas Halleran for Greg Hurst (81)
Sebastian Ross for Mark McGuigan (89)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 21 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 26 apps -
Craig Barr 61 apps7 goals
David Ferguson 9 apps -
Calum Gallagher 82 apps16 goals
Kyle Hutton 82 apps -
Bobby Barr 37 apps7 goals
Dom Thomas 20 apps12 goals
Ryan Thomson 24 apps -
Ross Forbes 56 apps12 goals
Michael Paton 30 apps2 goals
Boris Melingui (sub) 8 apps1 goal
Ben Armour (sub) 7 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Craig Barr (32 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 91 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 352 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 145 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 209 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Craig Barr reached 10 goals for the Club.

JUST when you thought it was safe to look forward to League One football at worst next season.

Following, seven games unbeaten, square one is within far closer reach for Dumbarton than it was only eight days before this game.

And with the season running out, any complete return there, while a very real threat, would be utterly disastrous.

Stenhousemuir got the victory they worked hard for through goals by David Marsh and Conor McBrearty.

Those were hardly two of a procession of chances for the Warriors, but they took them when they came and in terms of spirit and workrate, they lived up to their nickname and then some.

Craig Barr's goal for Sons with six minutes left wasn't exactly meaningless. It would have been even further from it had a late chance for Boris Melingui found the net.

But Dumbarton, for the second Saturday running, just didn't hit the heights of previous games. And they have limited time to return to them.

After nine minutes Calum Gallagher played Dom Thomas in after intercepting the goalkeeper's kick, but the forward was denied at close range.

Soon after, Bobby Barr did well to meet Michael Paton's cross, but his shot went across goal.

Stenny, though, were in there fighting and took the lead on 27 minutes when Marsh cashed in on the complete absence of marking to charge in and head home a corner.

Seven minutes into the second half, Thomas tried again, but after his shot from the corner of the area was spilled by the keeper, it was scrambled clear.

Then 20 minutes later, the visitors were 2-0 in front. Possession was poorly squandered in midfield and McBrearty did not need a second invitation to run in and force the ball home.

Melingui, on as a half time substitute for Paton, had a decent shot beaten away by the keeper, and then late in the day, Barr gave Sons a lifeline.

He fired home in a scramble from a corner, but apart from Melingui's later effort, which was blocked at close range, that was it.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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Programme cover / Team sheet