Dumbarton 1 - 1 Falkirk 

League - Championship
Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 5:15 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 734
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Dumbarton v Falkirk, Mar 12th 2016, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Falkirk

Garry Fleming (pen.) (90)
John Baird (pen)(65)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Steven Saunders
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Garry Fleming
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Jamie Lindsay
Kevin Cawley
Christian Nade
Danny Rogers
Kevin McCann
Paul Watson
David McCracken
Luke Leahy
Blair Alston
Will Vaulks
Mark Kerr
Craig Sibbald
John Baird
Lee Miller

Mark Brown
Calum Waters
Mikey Hopkins
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Tom Walsh
Paul Heffernan
Tom Taiwo
David Smith
Bob McHugh
Myles Hippolyte
Deniz Dogan Mehmet
Kevin O'Hara
Tony Gallacher

Calum Waters for Jordan Kirkpatrick (67)
Tom Walsh for Kevin Cawley (74)
Paul Heffernan for Jamie Lindsay (78)
Myles Hippolyte for Craig Sibbald (76)
Bob McHugh for John Baird (80)

Garry Fleming (63)
Bob McHugh (84)
Danny Rogers (90)

Red Cards
Mark Docherty (63)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 70 apps -
Steven Saunders 19 apps3 goals
Frazer Wright 24 apps -
Darren Barr 31 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 29 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 32 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 135 apps25 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 85 apps12 goals
Jamie Lindsay 21 apps -
Kevin Cawley 32 apps3 goals
Christian Nade 7 apps4 goals
Calum Waters (sub) 16 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh (sub) 9 apps -
Paul Heffernan (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Lindsay (20 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 49 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mikey Hopkins (18 years 309 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 264 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Paul Heffernan(Signed March 10th, 2016)

Garry Fleming scored for the 25th time for the Club.

WHOEVER chose this fixture for live coverage on BBC Alba must have known something the rest of us didn't.

Even if it did take until the 65th minute before it became pure box office.

That was when Dumbarton went a goal down, and a man down, after the dismissal of Mark Docherty for a handling offence in the area. John Baird converted the penalty.

Sons had already had a goal disallowed by that point. There was then another.

But they say that breaks even themselves out over a season. To some extent, they were evened up over 90 minutes in one last injury time throw of the dice.

After keeper Danny Rogers went into the back of Christian Nade in the area, Garry Fleming, not for the first time this season, secured a point with a late penalty.

That kick ensured that Sons had the absolute minimum they deserved out of the game. Even with 10 men, the hunger and spirit was never turned off.

The point ensured that the gap to Livingston is now five points, with each team having eight games remaining. There is a lot of football still to play, but Sons are in control of their destiny.

The last time this fixture took place at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Falkirk won at a canter. The start they made to this game threatened a similar outcome, but they couldn't finish their moves off.

Jamie Ewings saved Lee Miller's header at point blank range, while minutes later Baird found Blair Alston at the near post.

Alston has scored in all three of the sides' previous meetings this season, but missed from close range this time around.

Sons' first chance of the game, on 21 minutes, brought about the first disallowed goal. After Rogers kept out Jordan Kirkpatrick at close range, the ball broke to Nade.

But although the Frenchman tapped home, he was denied by an offside flag, said to have been raised against him rather than Kirkpatrick.

There wasn't much in the rest of the first half, as Rogers got to a long ball just ahead of Nade while David McCracken headed over for Falkirk.

The second half was also slow to get going, but on 61 minutes Kirkpatrick's corner dropped for Steven Saunders in the area. The defender couldn't quite adjust his body to turn the ball home and Falkirk eventually got it clear.

Four minutes later, the touchpaper was really lit.

After the ball struck Docherty's elbow at close range, it was interpreted as a deliberate handball, preventing a goalscoring opportunity. Sons were down to 10 men for the second time in four days, and soon after they were behind as Baird beat Ewings from the spot.

It's at times like this that teams need spirit. Sons had it in spades.

Within five minutes Rogers blocked from Nade at close range. The striker then squared for Kevin Cawley from the loose ball, but his effort was deflected clear.

From the resulting corner, Cawley tried again from much further out, but Rogers was equal to it.

Then with eight minutes left Gregor Buchanan thought he had headed Sons level, only for another offside flag to be raised.

Something had to happen in Sons' favour. And after one added minute, it did.

After Nade connected with a high ball, Rogers clattered into him and the spot was pointed to again.

Nerves of steel were needed on and off the pitch. Anybody who couldn't watch were told by the huge cheers that Fleming had buried the penalty.

The point could still have slipped through Sons' fingers as Myles Hippolyte fired centimetres wide from the edge of the area for Falkirk.

In the end the points were shared and fans at the game, and those watching at home, had much to talk about.

Match report by Andy Galloway


Programme cover / Team sheet