Dumbarton 0 - 1 Airdrieonians 

League - League 1
Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 813
Referee: Steven Kirkland
Dumbarton v Airdrieonians, Sep 14th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Airdrieonians

None. Paul McKay (44)

Team Managers
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Rico Quitongo
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Morgyn Neill
Kyle Hutton
Ruaridh Langan
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Isaac Layne
PJ Crossan
David Hutton
Callum Fordyce
Sean Crighton
Josh Kerr
Kyle MacDonald
Paul McKay
Leon McCann
Callum Smith
Dale Carrick
Calum Gallagher

Jordan Pettigrew
Matthew Shiels
Lewis Crawford
Jordan McMillan
Conor Scullion
Mati Zata
Ryan Tierney
Adam Eckersley
Craig Thomson
Nat Wedderburn
Dean Hawkshaw
Ally Roy
Scott Gallacher
Charlie Reilly

Matthew Shiels for Ruaridh Langan (68)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (86)
Nat Wedderburn for Sean Crighton (64)
Adam Eckersley for Leon McCann (72)
Craig Thomson for Dale Carrick (81)

None. Dale Carrick (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 10 apps -
Rico Quitongo 11 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 3 apps1 goal
Ryan McGeever 11 apps -
Morgyn Neill 11 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 99 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 9 apps1 goal
Stefan McCluskey 8 apps -
Stuart Carswell 102 apps4 goals
Isaac Layne 8 apps5 goals
PJ Crossan 11 apps2 goals
Matthew Shiels (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Conor Scullion (sub) 7 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 66 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 30 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 114 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shiels (19 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (30 years 340 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 88 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Matthew Shiels(Signed July 15th, 2019)


THEY say that every minute counts.

The last minute of the first half of this game certainly did. It had one goal and, many would argue, should have had another.

Paul McKay scored the goal that saw Dumbarton defeated by Airdrieonians on 44 minutes. In the 45th, Sons thought they had equalised.

A Stuart Carswell shot looked like it might have squirmed out of the keeper's reach and across the line. In the eyes of the officials, it had not.

As the afternoon wore on, it was clear this was not going to be Dumbarton's day. They tried, but if anything could end without a break, it did.

Within a minute, McKay almost headed Airdrie in front with a header from six yards, but Brennan picked up where he left off against Montrose with a fantastic save.

Calum Gallagher had the loose ball in the net from the rebound, but the nightmare scenario for Dumbarton was averted by the offside flag.

It didn't take long for the home side to respond, but after a low ball in by Stefan McCluskey found Ruaridh Langan, the visiting defence did just enough to block.

Carswell also had a go from the edge of the area, but the Airdrie keeper was equal to it.

After a scrappy spell, Brennan was again on form to save from Josh Kerr, whose shot from the edge of the area was bending towards the top corner.

But he could do nothing a minute from half time when a corner was poorly defended and McKay slammed home the loose ball.

And then there was controversy. After the keeper blocked from McCluskey, it looked like Carswell's shot from the rebound had squeezed over the line.

The assistant referee, nowhere near up with play, said no.

Ten minutes into the second half came another chance to equalise when Ryan McGeever's header from a corner was blocked by a defender.

The ball found Layne, whose header from close range hit the bar.

As a result of the one-goal deficit and the perceived injustice, it became a bit rushed from Sons and chances were harder to create.

A second goal for the visitors looked imminent on 78 minutes when Kyle MacDonald turned away from his man in the area, but shot over.

Callum Smith then sent in an angled shot with three minutes remaining, but it drifted just past the post. A tiring Dumbarton side was finding it tough.

Then in the third minute of added time, Matthew Shiels looked as if he had snatched an equaliser, but his downward header was turned wide.

And with the last kick of the game, the keeper saved his shot. It summed the day up.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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