Falkirk 3 - 0 Dumbarton

League - League 1
Saturday, January 4th, 2020, 3:00 PM at The Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 3,807
Referee: Euan Anderson
Falkirk v Dumbarton, Jan 4th 2020, The Falkirk Stadium
Falkirk Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Charlie Telfer (38)
Declan McManus (63)
Declan McManus (85)
None.

Team Managers
Lee Miller and David McCracken

Starting Eleven
Robbie Mutch
Mark Durnan
Gregor Buchanan
Morgaro Gomis
Michael Doyle
Aidan Connolly
Gary Miller
Charlie Telfer
Paul Dixon
Declan McManus
David McMillan
Conor Brennan
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Stefan McCluskey
Stuart Carswell
Kyle Hutton
Conor Scullion
Ruaridh Langan
Ryan Tierney

Bench
Ian McShane
Michael Tidser
Robbie Leitch
Conor Sammon
Trialist
Raffaele De Vita
Trialist
Jordan Pettigrew
Lewis Crawford
Mati Zata

Substitutions
Conor Sammon for David McMillan (71)
Raffaele De Vita for Charlie Telfer (75)
Leitch for Aidan Connolly (84)
Mati Zata for Conor Scullion (79)
Lewis Crawford for Ruaridh Langan (85)

Bookings
None. Stuart Carswell (70)
Reghan Tumilty (71)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 25 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 17 apps3 goals
Ryan McGeever 24 apps5 goals
Morgyn Neill 26 apps2 goals
Rico Quitongo 23 apps -
Stefan McCluskey 22 apps -
Stuart Carswell 115 apps4 goals
Kyle Hutton 113 apps -
Conor Scullion 13 apps -
Ruaridh Langan 23 apps1 goal
Ryan Tierney 17 apps2 goals
Lewis Crawford (sub) 10 apps -
Mati Zata (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 178 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 121 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 199 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 141 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

SCORE-WISE, it was only half the pounding Dumbarton took on their last visit five months ago.

But the Falkirk Stadium is still a venue they will be glad to leave behind for at least another six.

Sons worked hard. Maybe, in a roundabout way, too hard, such was the obvious fatigue in the later stages. They could feel hard done by at half time, trailing as they were to Charlie Telfer's goal.

What if Ruaridh Langan's shot had crossed the line instead of hitting the bar? We'll never know.

The second half also began as a major effort, but after Declan McManus put away his fifth goal against Sons this season, anybody hoping for a contest could realistically go home.

Only some fine goalkeeping by Conor Brennan meant that McManus' sixth of the season and second of the afternoon was all that added to the scoreline.

Dumbarton had to recall two players from loans the day before the game just to have an outfield bench. Their effort was admirable; they just couldn't trouble the Bairns sufficiently.

They even had the first corner and effort on target of the game, but Ryan McGeever's header from the set piece did not unduly trouble the keeper.

A second corner was then forced after some clever play by Conor Scullion (pictured) saw his shot deflected wide, but this time no further chance was forced.

Falkirk's first serious opening came on 23 minutes after a passing move, but Charlie Telfer found the side netting from a narrow angle. Soon after, Conor Brennan was alert to Declan McManus' header.

Then on 27 minutes, Langan's deflected shot struck the bar and came down the wrong side of the line. The Signs Express goal cam will be awaited with interest.

Even more so as 10 minutes later, Telfer rolled his own deflected shot home from the edge of the area. Harsh based on chances created, but in view of possession it was coming.

Nine minutes into the second half, Sons should have been level. Ryan Tierney met Scullion's cross in front of the Falkirk defence, but sliced his shot over.

And once again, a missed opportunity was punished, as on 63 minutes McManus' header from a cross from the left found the bottom corner.

Only a fine close range save by Brennan denied Rafa De Vita within seconds of coming on for his debut, and the Sons keeper then denied Aidan Connolly in similar fashion.

He then made it a treble in denying Conor Sammon, with McManus somehow kept out from the rebound.

In response, Langan's effort flew wide. This just wasn't Dumbarton's day.

With five minutes left, and with Sons tiring, McManus put away his second from a low ball in from the left.

Match report by Andy Galloway



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