Dumbarton 1 - 1 Falkirk 

League - League 1
Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 3:00 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 982
Referee: Barry Cook
Dumbarton v Falkirk, Nov 16th 2019, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Falkirk

Isaac Layne (29)
Declan McManus (90) pen

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Reghan Tumilty
Ryan McGeever
Adam Frizzell
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Joe McKee
PJ Crossan
Isaac Layne
Robbie Mutch
Michael Doyle
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Durnan
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Morgaro Gomis
Aidan Connolly
Louis Longridge
Gary Miller
Declan McManus

Jordan McMillan
Matthew Shiels
Conor Scullion
Ruaridh Langan
Mati Zata
Stefan McCluskey
Ryan Tierney
Cammy Bell
Ian McShane
Ross MacLean
Lewis Toshney
Conor Sammon
Lewis Moore
David McMillan

Ruaridh Langan for Joe McKee (31)
Jordan McMillan for Rico Quitongo (57)
Stefan McCluskey for PJ Crossan (90)
Ross MacLean for Charlie Telfer (63)
David McMillan for Louis Longridge (64)
Conor Sammon for Aidan Connolly (74)

PJ Crossan (16)
Isaac Layne (42)
Kyle Hutton (60)
Stuart Carswell (90)
Michael Doyle (16)
Mark Durnan (56)
Gregor Buchanan (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 18 apps -
Morgyn Neill 19 apps2 goals
Rico Quitongo 17 apps -
Reghan Tumilty 11 apps2 goals
Ryan McGeever 17 apps3 goals
Adam Frizzell 6 apps2 goals
Kyle Hutton 106 apps -
Stuart Carswell 110 apps4 goals
Joe McKee 16 apps -
Isaac Layne 16 apps7 goals
PJ Crossan 19 apps3 goals
Jordan McMillan (sub) 9 apps -
Ruaridh Langan (sub) 16 apps1 goal
Stefan McCluskey (sub) 16 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 129 days)
Oldest Player:Kyle Hutton (28 years 291 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 117 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Matthew Shiels (19 years 68 days)
Oldest Player:Jordan McMillan (31 years 38 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 333 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


FOOTBALL is never about what should have been. Only what was.

In years to come, history will read that Dumbarton and Falkirk drew 1-1 on Saturday, November 16 2019. That, though, will not tell the full story.

For the 59 minutes that followed Isaac Layne's opening goal, Sons had remained comfortable against the side newly-relegated to League One.

They'd had to absorb a lot of pressure, and the workrate had to be at its maximum, as it had been all season, but it was hard not to argue they were worthy of the three points they were about to get.

What happened next is best described solely factually. After David McMillan tried a shot for Falkirk, the referee decided that Kyle Hutton's efforts to block had resulted in a handling offence inside the area.

Declan McManus converted the resulting penalty. Cruel did not seem the word where Sons were concerned.

The first sign of threat came from Falkirk with seven minutes gone. After Conor Brennan saved from Louis Longridge, the ball remained in a dangerous area and Gregor Buchanan's shot flew just wide.

A Morgaro Gomis shot flew over just after the midway point in the first half, with Sons generally dealing well with a lot of what was coming their way. Shortly after Morgyn Neill blocked from McManus at close range.

The iron was hot - and on the half hour mark, Dumbarton struck. Joe McKee put the ball on a plate for Layne with a low ball from the right six yards out.

That, though, was McKee's last contribution as he went off with the effects of an illness to be replaced by Ruaridh Langan.

A through ball by Adam Frizzell almost set Layne up for a second four minutes from half time, but with the keeper stationary, his effort rolled narrowly wide.

A response was expected from the visitors after the interval and Brennan blocked again from McManus after a corner was headed down.

Then a Charlie Telfer effort took a big deflection, but Brennan adjusted in time to save.

With 18 minutes left Layne turned home Stuart Carswell's low ball across goal, but was flagged offside.

The resistance looked as it it had been enough, but in the 90th minute the referee ruled that Hutton had handled in the area and McManus scored from the penalty.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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