Forfar Athletic 1 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Second Division
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, 7:30 PM at Station Park
Attendance: 284
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Forfar Athletic v Dumbarton, Feb 14th 2012, Station Park
Forfar Athletic Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Dale Hilson (30) Bryan Prunty (44)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Mark McCallum
Mark McCulloch
Iain Campbell
Joe Shaughnessy
Craig Wilson
Martyn Fotheringham
Kevin Byers
Barry Sellars
Nicky Low
Chris Templeman
Dale Hilson
Stephen Grindlay
Ryan Finnie
Paul Nugent
James Creaney
Martin McNiff
Alan Lithgow
Tony Wallace
Mark Gilhaney
Scott Agnew
Bryan Prunty
Pat Walker

Bench
Greg Paterson
Christopher Hegarty
Bradley Coyne
Kevin Motion
Lee Bryce
Arnaud Gastal
Ryan Borris
Kevin Nicoll
Mark Lamont
Ally Graham

Substitutions
Bradley Coyne for Dale Hilson (71)
Kevin Motion for Nicky Low (72)
Lee Bryce for Barry Sellars (78)
None.

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 237 apps -
Ryan Finnie 4 apps -
Paul Nugent 57 apps -
James Creaney 46 apps -
Martin McNiff 66 apps3 goals
Alan Lithgow 23 apps4 goals
Tony Wallace 20 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 54 apps13 goals
Scott Agnew 24 apps9 goals
Bryan Prunty 24 apps11 goals
Pat Walker 48 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (16 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 345 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 300 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Finnie (16 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Grindlay (29 years 345 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 25 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON braved a long midweek trip to Station Park and came away with a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against Forfar Athletic propelling Sons to third in the table, and sustaining the campaign to stay in the promotion play-off zone.

Unchanged from the line-up that secured a 2-1 win away at Stenhousemuir on 11 February, Sons started brightly. There was good movement up front from Pat Walker and Bryan Prunty.

In the opening period of the game, wing backs Ryan Finnie and James Creaney also saw plenty of the ball on a good quality pitch.

Within the first 15 minutes there were chances at both ends. Stephen Grindlay made the first of an important series of saves to deny the Loons' midfielder Kevin Byers. He also thwarted front man Chris Templeman.

For Sons, Pat Walker came close, before the game started to settle down to a midfield tussle between two determined sides Sons seeking to capitalise on a positive winning streak, and Forfar wanting to reverse their decline.

There were more chances for Dumbarton. Two of them fell to Mark Gilhaney. The first, a toe-poke that went wide, was the best opportunity of the match to that point. The second came in the context of a goalmouth scramble in which both Gilhaney and centre forward Bryan Prunty misfired.

Just on the half hour Sons' occasional defensive frailties allowed Dale Hilson to smash home from close range to make it 1-0 to Forfar. More pressure followed, with Dumbarton's back three struggling somewhat.

'Keeper Grindlay once more came to the rescue during a tough 12 minutes for the visitors. But then Son's big Number 9 turned the tables on the Loons. Prunty's 20-yard strike into the bottom corner of the net left goalie Marc McCallum (one of two players on loan from SPLers Dundee United) with no chance, equalising at 1-1.

Sons were now well back in the game thanks to a quality finish from an in-form striker his tenth of the season.

Honours remained even through to the break, with Forfar no doubt disappointed not to hold on to their lead. The wind was at Sons' backs for the next 45 minutes, and no changes were made at half-time.

Dumbarton's first chance of the second half fell to Finnie. He put in a good edge-of-the-box strike, but 'keeper McCallum did equally well.

At the other end there was a let-off for Sons as Forfar's Hilson ballooned an easy chance wide.

Sons' gaffer Alan Adamson then made a change on the hour, bringing on young loanee Mark Lamont to replace Creaney.

Two good opportunities to take a lead fell to Dumbarton strikers. First, Prunty's overhead kick missed the target. Then Scott Agnew had his goal-bound shot superbly saved by McCallum while Sons fans were already beginning to celebrate. It was a top class stop.

Kevin Nicoll came on for Tony Wallace on 70 minutes. Five minutes later Grindlay helped out centre-half Alan Lithgow with a brilliant stop from Bradley Coyne, after the big Sons Number 5 was short with a pass back.

Forfar made three substitutions in eight minutes to try to turn the game around at this stage. In the final quarter of an hour both teams went out for a winner. But it was not to be.

The visitors were denied all three points when Gilhaney's effort was tipped behind by McCallum. Ally Graham then replaced Pat Walker with four minutes of the 90 remaining.

Real chances were at a premium in the second half. But in the end, Dumbarton looked good for their point. Nugent and McNiff were among the other performers for the visitors.

Sons will now be hoping to maintain upwards momentum by returning winning ways at home to Albion Rovers on Saturday 18th February.

Match report by Simon Barrow and Alan Findlay