Dumbarton 2 - 0 Forfar Athletic 

League - League 1
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 7:45 PM at C & G Systems Stadium
Attendance: 364
Referee: Barry Cook
Dumbarton v Forfar Athletic, Mar 3rd 2020, C & G Systems Stadium
Dumbarton  Forfar Athletic

Ross Forbes (33)
Jai Quitongo (69)

Team Managers
Stuart Malcolm

Starting Eleven
Conor Brennan
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Sam Wardrop
Ryan McGeever
Ross Forbes
Stefan McCluskey
Joe McKee
Stuart Carswell
PJ Crossan
Jai Quitongo
Marc McCallum
Jamie Bain
Ross Meechan
Darren Whyte
Murray MacKintosh
Gary Irvine
Callum Tapping
Connor Coupe
Steven Doris
Mark McKenzie

Jordan Pettigrew
Lewis Crawford
Ruaridh Langan
Callum Wilson
Isaac Layne
Robert Jones
Scott Robertson
Bobby Barr
Robbie Leitch
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Matthew Aitken
Sam McGuff

Isaac Layne for Jai Quitongo (74)
Robert Jones for PJ Crossan (82)
Callum Wilson for Ross Forbes (86)
Bobby Barr for Connor Coupe (45)
Robbie Leitch for Murray MacKintosh (52)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Mark McKenzie (59)

Joe McKee (9)
Stuart Carswell (38)
Jai Quitongo (73)
Robert Jones (90)
Ross Meechan (11)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 33 apps -
Sam Wardrop 33 apps1 goal
Ryan McGeever 32 apps5 goals
Morgyn Neill 34 apps4 goals
Rico Quitongo 31 apps -
Joe McKee 27 apps2 goals
Stuart Carswell 122 apps5 goals
Ross Forbes 68 apps15 goals
Stefan McCluskey 30 apps -
PJ Crossan 31 apps7 goals
Jai Quitongo 5 apps1 goal
Callum Wilson (sub) 4 apps -
Isaac Layne (sub) 23 apps9 goals
Robert Jones (sub) 6 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Rico Quitongo (20 years 237 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Forbes (31 years 8 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 72 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Crawford (20 years 41 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Forbes (31 years 8 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 30 days
Domestic Players:15 (88.24 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Jai Quitongo scored his first goal for the Club.

THIS was only going to be about one man.

Playing against his former club on his birthday? Scripts don't come more pre-written than that.

It's actually just a pity that Ross Forbes didn't score two minutes earlier, as he'd have done it at a time in the game that matched his age.

Him on 33, Jai Quitongo on 69 - more than enough for Sons to get the job done and make it a perfect three wins out of three this week, all with their goal unbreached.

Stranraer's late equaliser 66 days ago remains the last goal conceded at home. Airdrieonians, Clyde, Raith Rovers and now Forfar have all tried and failed to find the net.

Had this been a Saturday fixture, it might have had more intensity. Instead, it was an evening where a tired Sons side had enough in the tank to get the job done with relative comfort.

To say this game took a while to get going is understating it a bit. The halfway point of the first half was reached with a long distance Stuart Carswell shot, which went just over, being the closest either side came.

A header by PJ Crossan rolled across goal and wide at almost the half hour mark, but the offside flag was up anyway.

Stefan McCluskey also got to a cross at the back post only for the keeper to turn his effort away - for a goal kick.

But that counted for little when the birthday boy spun around six yards out and scored with a fine volleyed finish. It just had to be him.

He then glanced a header wide from Crossan's high ball at the front post six minutes from half time.

Almost immediately, Conor Brennan was forced into his first save of the night, beating away Murray Mackintosh's narrow angled shot. Steven Doris tried an overhead kick from the rebound, but missed the target.

Nine minutes after the restart Quitongo nodded a slack clearance towards goal, but it rolled past.

The second half was also meandering along until the 69th minute when Crossan rolled Quitongo in to finish with another angled shot. Game over.

Crossan tried one himself with 14 minutes remaining, but his swerving shot was saved. Brennan then did well to deal with a similar effort, from further out, by Robbie Leitch.

Joe McKee was next to have a go, but was unlucky to see his shot crack the bar and go over.

With two minutes left Jordan Kirkpatrick's free kick looked to the untrained eye as if it had found the net. The sight of the ball rolling past brought some relief.

In injury time, McKee then had a free kick deflected past. It could have been more, but a win, two goals and a fourth straight home clean sheet was never to be turned down.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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