Dumbarton 2 - 1 Brechin City 

League - League 1
Saturday, April 6th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 531
Referee: Colin Steven
Dumbarton v Brechin City, Apr 6th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Brechin City

Dougie Hill (o.g.) (36)
Calum Gallagher  (38)
Dougie Hill (17)

Team Managers
Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Cameron Ballantyne
Craig Barr
Brian McLean
David Ferguson
Ross Forbes
Calum Gallagher
Bobby Barr
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Dom Thomas
Graham Bowman
Paul McLean
Lewis Toshney
Dougie Hill
Tam Scobbie
Craig Thomson
Scott Robertson
Euan Smith
Michael Miller
Sean Burns
Andy Jackson

Conor Brennan
Ben Armour
Boris Melingui
Iain Russell
Euan Spark
Kalvin Orsi
Callum Tapping
Jordan Tapping
Patrick O'Neil
Ross Kavanagh
Samuel Jamieson

Boris Melingui for Calum Gallagher (78)
Kalvin Orsi for Lewis Toshney (53)
Samuel Jamieson for Michael Miller (68)
Jordan Tapping for Sean Burns (89)

Stuart Carswell (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grant Adam (GK) 23 apps -
Cameron Ballantyne 28 apps -
Craig Barr 63 apps7 goals
Brian McLean 3 apps -
David Ferguson 11 apps -
Ross Forbes 58 apps13 goals
Calum Gallagher 84 apps18 goals
Bobby Barr 39 apps7 goals
Kyle Hutton 84 apps -
Stuart Carswell 89 apps4 goals
Dom Thomas 22 apps13 goals
Boris Melingui (sub) 10 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Cameron Ballantyne (21 years 363 days)
Oldest Player:Brian McLean (34 years 45 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 154 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Armour (20 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (36 years 152 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 36 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


NOT out of it yet - but there is more oxygen.

Six hours of football left until Dumbarton know whether they are in League One next season. Or need to play another six hours. Or League Two.

The first of those three scenarios became the most likely against Brechin City, but only after 90 minutes of toil.

Anybody hoping for a repeat of the 4-1 steamrollering dished out to the same opposition in December was always likely to be disappointed. At this stage of the season, teams at the bottom fight for everything, and City certainly were in that category.

One similarity with four months ago was that Calum Gallagher got the last goal of the afternoon. This time it was the decisive one, scored at the relatively early stage of the 38 minutes.

Dougie Hill, on his return to his former home ground, found the net twice. Unfortunately for him, but luckily for Dumbarton, one of those goals was in his own net.

Having opened the scoring, he glanced Bobby Barr's free kick past his own keeper before Gallagher's decisive moment.

It was a nervous finish but there's more of that to come over the four remaining matchdays. Sons just have to ensure they do enough.

After near misses by Barr and Hill, it was the latter who struck first on 17 minutes. He was found unchallenged at a corner and headed it into the same net he found in similar fashion against Arbroath in last season's playoffs.

Dom Thomas, then Gallagher and Barr, were all off target for Sons, who responded well but weren't exactly causing the visiting keeper undue workload.

His own team-mate gave him that. With nine minutes left to half time, Barr's free kick saw Hill and Lewis Toshney get in each other's road, and courtesy of a deflection off the former, Sons were level.

Two minutes later, they did the job themselves. Cammy Ballantyne's free kick found Gallagher, and his header punished indecisive defending by the visitors for a 2-1 lead.

It was nearly a 3-1 advantage right on half time, but Stuart Carswell's glancing header was saved.

He, along with Barr, had early chances in the second half, but just after the hour mark, Brechin had a serious opportunity.

It was another one for the 'If this/that had happened...' collection this season, as Kalvin Orsi was played in on goal, but hit the post with a low, angled shot.

Minutes later, Thomas found barr 15 yards out, but he sliced his shot wide. As the minutes became less, it was a matter of holding out and hoping for the best.

Even after Brechin introduced Jordan Tapping, scorer of the injury time winner when the sides last met, they couldn't find a way through.

But that was only after Grant Adam twice turned low crosses by Tapping away from goal, either side of a Tam Scobbie effort which was just too high for City.

There is still work to be done - but all that could be done on Saturday, was done. Same time next week at Station Park.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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