Dumbarton 2 - 1 Stranraer 

League - League 1
Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 704
Referee: Alan Newlands
Dumbarton v Stranraer, Apr 27th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Stranraer

Goalscorers
Calum Gallagher  (8)
Ross Forbes (19)
Innes Cameron (54)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Craig Barr
Brian McLean
David Ferguson
Cameron Ballantyne
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Max Currie
Jamie Hamill
Andrew McDonald
Connor McManus
David Smith
Mark Lamont
Kyle Turner
Alistair McCann
Joao Victoria
Innes Cameron
Cameron Elliott

Bench
Conor Brennan
Henk Van Schaik
Ryan Thomson
Iain Russell
Ben Armour
Boris Melingui
Michael Paton
Murray
Grant Anderson
Lyle Avci
Alistair McColm
Paul Crossan
Conor O'Keefe

Substitutions
Boris Melingui for Bobby Barr (81)
Iain Russell for Calum Gallagher (90)
Paul Crossan for Joao Victoria (61)
Grant Anderson for Cameron Elliott (74)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 26 apps -
Craig Barr 66 apps8 goals
Brian McLean 6 apps -
David Ferguson 14 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 31 apps -
Bobby Barr 42 apps7 goals
Kyle Hutton 87 apps -
Stuart Carswell 91 apps4 goals
Dom Thomas 25 apps14 goals
Ross Forbes 61 apps14 goals
Calum Gallagher 87 apps20 goals
Boris Melingui (sub) 12 apps1 goal
Iain Russell (sub) 152 apps38 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (22 years 19 days)
Oldest Player:Brian McLean (34 years 66 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 175 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (21 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 173 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 16 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

WHEN Dumbarton and Stranraer meet again in League One next season, who knows how different the two teams could look?

By that virtue, there wasn't a lot that could be read into this game between the two clubs. But in terms of Sons' league finish, it made things that bit better.

Goals by Calum Gallagher and Ross Forbes within 17 minutes had them coasting. It could have been more in the remaining 28 minutes of the first half.

In the end, the second 45 was more subdued, and when Innes Cameron headed one back for Stranraer early in the second half, nerves were a bit more frayed.

Fortunately it was enough, and an eighth home win of the season - seven of them achieved under Jim Duffy's management - meant that finishing lower than seventh will be unlikely for Sons.

Fifth and sixth are still up for grabs, pending primarily events at Arbroath on Saturday where season 2018/19 will be officially wound up for Dumbarton, at least in terms of matches.

But the next time they take to the C&G Systems Stadium pitch, it will be the start of what they hope will be a more successful campaign.

They certainly were not slow to get going here. Eight minutes had elapsed when Dom Thomas' initial shot deflected off a defender. Gallagher was suddenly in the clear with the break of the ball, and made no mistake with the finish. It was his sixth goal in eight games.

The visiting keeper then kept out both Thomas and Gallagher in quick succession with close range efforts. He also turned away a header by Ross Forbes from a similar distance.

But when Cammy Ballantyne put the ball back across, Forbes wasn't to be kept out a second time and Sons were in a great position.

It could have been an even greater one before the interval, but Gallagher was kept out again by the keeper while Thomas fired over.

An Andy McDonald free kick from 20 yards was all that unduly troubled Grant Adam, and he was more than confident enough with it.

Within eight minutes of the restart though, he was beaten, with Cameron getting his head to Mark Lamont's cross at the back post and finishing.

Thomas, and then Stuart Carswell, were close to restoring the two-goal cushion almost immediately, but the former was saved, the latter had his effort deflected past.

The rest of the game, in deteriorating weather, became a bit of a scrap, with only one remaining chance for Sons to add to their half of the scoreline.

Thomas set up Boris Melingui at close range, but the ball got caught under his feet and he couldn't get his shot away.

All back at home again in July. How many current players will be there? We'll find that out soon enough.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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