Dumbarton 1 - 4  Livingston

League - Championship
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 2:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 495
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dumbarton v Livingston, Dec 26th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Livingston

Ally Roy (25)
Craig Halkett (27)
Scott Pittman (43)
Dylan Mackin (58)
Scott Robinson (80)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken David Hopkin

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Andy Dowie
Sam Wardrop
Chris Johnston
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Tom Walsh
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Ally Roy
Neil Alexander
Alan Lithgow
Craig Halkett
Declan Gallagher
Nicky Cadden
Keaghan Jacobs
Scott Pittman
Shaun Byrne
Jackson Longridge
Dylan Mackin
Rafael Da Vita

Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
David Wilson
Dimitris Froxylias
Danny Handling
Kyle Prior
Christian Nade
Josh Mullin
Nikolay Todorov
Matthew Knox
Scott Robinson
Dale Carrick
Gary Maley
James Penrice

Christian Nade for Calum Gallagher (45)
Dimitris Froxylias for Chris Johnston (45)
Danny Handling for Ally Roy (76)
Nicky Cadden for Scott Robinson (65)
Keaghan Jacobs for James Penrice (73)
Rafael Da Vita for Matthew Knox (82)

Christian Nade (56)
Andy Dowie (79)
Kyle Hutton (90)
Scott Robinson (71)

Red Cards
Kyle Hutton (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 27 apps -
Craig Barr 24 apps2 goals
Andy Dowie 25 apps -
Sam Wardrop 23 apps1 goal
Chris Johnston 13 apps -
Stuart Carswell 32 apps1 goal
David Smith 55 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 40 apps4 goals
Calum Gallagher 30 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 23 apps -
Ally Roy 23 apps3 goals
Dimitris Froxylias (sub) 15 apps4 goals
Danny Handling (sub) 3 apps -
Christian Nade (sub) 50 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Sam Wardrop (20 years 72 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 285 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 132 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (18 years 123 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 285 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 15 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Christian Nade played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

BAH humbug.

They say that the festive season is an enjoyable time for football. It is if you're winning. If you are Dumbarton in this Boxing Day fixture against Livingston, it's a struggle.

All seemed well after 24 fairly evenly contested minutes, when Ally Roy finished a sublime assist by Stuart Carswell to open the scoring.

What followed was a collapse akin to somebody flopping on to the sofa after Christmas dinner. Livi's goals were scored by Craig Halkett, Scott Pittman, Dylan Mackin and Scott Robinson - but they were all the results of bad mistakes.

The small mercy was that Scott Gallacher stopped Matthew Knox making it five, saving the visiting substitute's penalty.

That, along with the goal and assist, and Danny Handling returning to action, was the fourth positive of the day. The fifth and last was the final whistle.

And adding to the downsides of the afternoon, Kyle Hutton was sent off for two late challenges within a minute.

The Sons side which has performed so well, especially defensively, of late simply was not on show. Days like this do happen, but don't get any easier to watch.

Although Livingston had more possession in the early stages, their keeper was the busier of the two. But that was only after Declan Gallagher headed home on seven minutes, only to be flagged offside.

Tom Walsh, and then Sam Wardrop, were unlucky to see shots saved, while Walsh tried again only to narrowly miss the target.

Then Carswell sent over an outstanding diagonal ball, which Roy did well to control before running in to beat a defender and finish.

There was still a long way to go, but things were on the move. For all of three minutes.

A free kick into the area was not well dealt with, and Halkett punished the errors by rolling the ball into an empty net.

After Mackin missed with a clear header, Sons looked set to reach half time level before another poor goal rattled in on 43 minutes.

A needless concession of possession resulted in Pittman controlling a pass and slotting past Gallacher with an angled finish.

A double change at half time was hoped to inject new life into Dumbarton, but the decline continued.

Nicky Cadden, and then Mackin, went close, but the latter profited from more mistakes as a low ball was sent over from the right on 59 minutes. He could hardly miss from a yard out, and didn't.

Everything went through the motions for a long spell afterwards. Sons continued to battle, but a 4-1 deficit always looked more likely than a 3-2 scoreline.

And with 10 minutes left, another poorly defended free kick was punished by Robinson applying a low finish.

Six minutes later, Craig Barr's foul on Robinson was punished with the award of a penalty, but Gallacher saved from Knox.

However, Hutton's afternoon ended slightly early in injury time when he collected two bookings for late tackles within a minute.

On Boxing Day, Dumbarton were left punch drunk.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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