Dumbarton 3 - 3 Airdrieonians 

League - League 1
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, 7:45 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 691
Referee: Lloyd Wilson
Dumbarton v Airdrieonians, Apr 2nd 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Airdrieonians

Dom Thomas (21)
Calum Gallagher  (75)
Ross Forbes (82)
Scott Stewart (27)
Daryll Duffy (32)
Scott Stewart (79)

Team Managers
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Craig Barr
Brian McLean
David Ferguson
Cameron Ballantyne
Calum Gallagher
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
David Hutton
Scott Robertson
Sean Crighton
Chris O'Neil
Scott Stewart
Josh Campbell
Keiran Millar
Joshua Edwards
Kyle Wilkie
Leighton McIntosh
Darryl Duffy

Ryan Thomson
Iain Russell
Ben Armour
Boris Melingui
Ryan Conroy
Declan Glass
Dean Cairns
Sean McIntosh
Ben McKenzie
Jonathan Page
Jordan Houston

Boris Melingui for David Ferguson (72)
Iain Russell for Calum Gallagher (85)
Ryan Conroy for Darryl Duffy (81)
Declan Glass for Kyle Wilkie (88)

Brian McLean (76)
Chris O'Neil (74)
Josh Campbell (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 22 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 27 apps -
Craig Barr 62 apps7 goals
Brian McLean 2 apps -
David Ferguson 10 apps -
Ross Forbes 57 apps13 goals
Calum Gallagher 83 apps17 goals
Bobby Barr 38 apps7 goals
Kyle Hutton 83 apps -
Stuart Carswell 88 apps4 goals
Dom Thomas 21 apps13 goals
Boris Melingui (sub) 9 apps1 goal
Iain Russell (sub) 150 apps38 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Brian McLean (34 years 41 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 150 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 355 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 148 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 104 days
Domestic Players:14 (93.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


JUST weeks before Ian Murray became Dumbarton manager, there was an infamous game at home to Airdrieonians.

Sons were in total control against the Diamonds, leading 3-2 going into the final minutes of the encounter in October 2012. They lost 4-3.

With Murray in the opposition dugout, here we were again, a goal away from history repeating itself. Would it have done so positively or negatively?

In the end, we'll never know. We also won't know for another month how priceless the rescued point could be for Dumbarton.

They led through Dom Thomas, but goals by Scott Stewart and Darryl Duffy had Airdrie ahead at half time. Even after Calum Gallagher equalised, Stewart's second of the game had them on the canvas again.

But with eight minutes remaining, Ross Forbes scored the sixth and final goal of the evening for a result which kept the anoraks happy if nothing else.

For the first time since the old SFL introduced the current four games a season format in 1994, Dumbarton have drawn all four league games against the same club.

It was a well-salvaged point after a first half still containing remnants of Saturday's home defeat by Stenhousemuir made way for a second half of dig and guts.

But this report contains details of five chances for Airdrie, three of them resulting in goals. Dumbarton needed far more opportunities to find the net three times.

Whatever that tells you about what area of the pitch made the difference, it is food for thought ahead of a game against Brechin City on Saturday which must be won to afford some breathing space in the season's remaining games.

Forbes' 20-yard shot, which went wide, was about all there was in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Fortunately, the 21st minute contained a bit more.

How Thomas' low shot from the corner of the area found the net was a mystery to a lot of people. The fact was that it did, and Sons led.

At least they did for six minutes. After an Airdrie throw-in was flicked on, Stewart headed home at the near post.

And incredibly, four minutes later, a game which had started comfortably now saw Dumbarton behind. After the visitors got up the field, Leighton McIntosh played the ball across goal, where Duffy could not really miss from six yards.

McIntosh arguably should have made it 3-1 right on half time, meeting a low ball at the front post but shooting wide.

Instead there was one goal in it at the start of the second half, and Dumbarton began with intent. Forbes, then Bobby Barr, and then Forbes again, were close to scoring in the first 15 minutes of the half, but close wasn't close enough.

Then Stewart got in on goal at a narrow angle, but Grant Adam did well to block.

Gallagher then saw a narrow angled shot on the turn deflected wide, but had better luck with 15 minutes to go.

A free kick by Forbes was headed back across goal by Boris Melingui, and Gallagher was there to put away his third goal in four games.

Three minutes later, Forbes' shot from distance was beaten down by the keeper and cleared. It was all pointing towards a Dumbarton winner - which made what happen next seem inevitable.

With 10 minutes left, a Sons corner resulted in an Airdrie counter attack, which Stewart finished with a low, angled shot.

Fortunately, two minutes later, Forbes seemed to be trying to set up Gallagher from the corner of the area. Instead he had gone for goal himself, and found the far corner.

Iain Russell then tried a chip with four minutes left, but the keeper saved, with Melingui closing in to finish it off.

And then with a minute remaining, Thomas went for goal with a low shot, but it was just the wrong side of the post.

Brechin's defeat to Montrose cushioned the blow of two missing points. Now, with City visiting G82 on Saturday, Dumbarton know what needs doing if the ending to this season is to be an easier one.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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