Falkirk 6 - 0 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, August 10th, 2019, 3:00 PM at The Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 4,060
Referee: Graham Beaton
Falkirk v Dumbarton, Aug 10th 2019, The Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Dumbarton 

Conor Sammon (7)
Declan McManus (11)
Declan McManus (34)
Charlie Telfer (38)
Declan McManus (42)
Conor Sammon (53)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Michael Doyle
Gregor Buchanan
Lewis Toshney
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Ian McShane
Michael Tidser
Aidan Connolly
Declan McManus
Conor Sammon
Conor Brennan
Lewis Crawford
Jordan McMillan
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Ryan McGeever
Joe McKee
Kyle Hutton
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
PJ Crossan

Morgaro Gomis
Denny Johnstone
Ross MacLean
Louis Longridge
Robbie Leitch
Lewis Moore
Robbie Mutch
Jordan Pettigrew
Conor Scullion
Mati Zata
Ruaridh Langan
Ryan Tierney
Isaac Layne

Louis Longridge for Declan McManus (64)
Lewis Moore for Aidan Connolly (71)
Denny Johnstone for Ian McShane (76)
Isaac Layne for Lewis Crawford (55)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (69)
Mati Zata for Jordan McMillan (81)

Conor Sammon (42) Jordan McMillan (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 6 apps -
Lewis Crawford 6 apps -
Jordan McMillan 4 apps -
Morgyn Neill 6 apps1 goal
Rico Quitongo 6 apps -
Ryan McGeever 6 apps -
Joe McKee 4 apps -
Kyle Hutton 94 apps -
Stefan McCluskey 6 apps -
Stuart Carswell 98 apps4 goals
PJ Crossan 6 apps1 goal
Mati Zata (sub) 5 apps -
Conor Scullion (sub) 3 apps -
Isaac Layne (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Crawford (19 years 200 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 305 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 22 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 305 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 237 days
Domestic Players:14 (82.35 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


DUMBARTON crashed to a grim defeat away at Falkirk Stadium on Saturday, as the Bairns asserted their status as League One favourites with a commanding victory.

Five of the six goals came in the opening 45 minutes, as Sons reeled under early pressure from the ambitious full-timers.

It was the worst possible start for an initially tentative looking Dumbarton side, who found themselves two goals down inside the first 11 minutes.

First, on seven minutes, Sons' Ryan McGeever was bundled to the ground by Connor Sammon but play continued and the striker finished high into the net for 1-0 to Falkirk.

Four minutes later Declan McManus nodded home from close range for 2-0. The same player slotted home a third and Charlie Tefler made it 4-0 before the half hour.

Things sank from bad to worse as Dumbarton missed a penalty when Cammy Bell saved from Joe McKee.

Shortly afterwards ex-Son Gregor Buchanan put in a fifth for the Bairns ahead of half time.

The match misery continued after the break when Sammon made it 6-0 on 52 minutes.

From then on Dumbarton managed to prevent further damage and neither side added to the score sheet.

Speaking after the game, manager Jim Duffy said: "At this moment in time we've got a lot of improvements to make in every position on the pitch, but the main concern for me just now is that when we make errors the confidence seems to go very quickly, and that's something that we have to find a solution to.

We've all got to take our share of responsibility and the responsibility will ultimately fall on the manager, so I take full responsibility for that.

I've put a whole team together and I expect them to be better, and we're not so we have to try and improve and improve quickly, he concluded.

Match report by Simon Barrow

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet