Forfar Athletic 0 - 0 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, April 13th, 2019, 3:00 PM at Station Park
Attendance: 554
Referee: Alan Muir
Forfar Athletic v Dumbarton, Apr 13th 2019, Station Park
Forfar Athletic Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Weir

Starting Eleven
Marc McCallum
Ross Meechan
Darren Whyte
Michael Travis
Adam Eckersley
Jamie Bain
Gary Irvine
Brad Spencer
Lewis Moore
John Baird
Dale Hilson
Grant Adam
David Ferguson
Cameron Ballantyne
Brian McLean
Craig Barr
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Bobby Barr
Boris Melingui

Bench
Dylan Easton
Thomas Reilly
Murray MacKintosh
Eddie Malone
Connor Coupe
Matthew Aitken
Daniel Hoban
Conor Brennan
Ryan Thomson
Ben Armour
Iain Russell

Substitutions
Connor Coupe for Lewis Moore (62)
Dylan Easton for Jamie Bain (78)
Matthew Aitken for John Baird (85)
Ben Armour for Boris Melingui (81)

Bookings
None. Bobby Barr (68)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 24 apps -
David Ferguson 12 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 29 apps -
Brian McLean 4 apps -
Craig Barr 64 apps7 goals
Dom Thomas 23 apps13 goals
Ross Forbes 59 apps13 goals
Calum Gallagher 85 apps18 goals
Kyle Hutton 85 apps -
Bobby Barr 40 apps7 goals
Boris Melingui 11 apps1 goal
Ben Armour (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (22 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Brian McLean (34 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 55 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (21 years 1 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 101 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THERE'S an old saying - if this was a boxing match, it would have been stopped for the safety of the losing team.

This one, as a boxing match, would just have been stopped.

It was far from Dumbarton's poorest performance of the season. They were busy, hardworking and in terms of possession, may just have shaded the game.

There was just nothing at the end of either their or Forfar's endeavours. Were it possible to get a kit dirty on an all-weather pitch, neither keeper would really have done so over the 90 minutes.

As always, it was impossible to question the effort of a Sons side who, pending their own result and others elsewhere, could secure a place in next season's League One this Saturday.

But it was hard to imagine that, by the time they reached Findo Gask, anybody travelling home from Station Park would still remember this game.

Calum Gallagher - forced into midfield after a late injury to Stuart Carswell - had two half chances in the first 45 minutes.

The first was sliced wide after some neat build-up play, the second was high and wide at a narrow angle after meeting Ross Forbes' free kick at the back post.

Five minutes from the interval Grant Adam, not long recovered from treatment after colliding with a post, made a fine save to deny John Baird.

Cammy Ballantyne's shot was then deflected wide in a strong finish to the half.

And midway through the second half, a close range effort from Craig Barr, this from another Forbes delivery, had exactly the same outcome. A Forfar player's boot took it off course and out for a corner, which came to nothing.

Dale Hilson had two efforts at goal for Forfar, the first just missing the target, the second saved by Adam.

In between those, Dom Thomas headed Bobby Barr's cross wide at the back post.

Apart from that, there really wasn't much else. Three games until Judgement Day.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet