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Dumbarton 1
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League (Championship)
Saturday, August 12th, 2017
The Falkirk Stadium. Att. 3,864
3:00 PM Kick-off

Myles Hippolyte (24) Pen Ally Roy (13)

Team Managers
Peter Houston Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Robbie Thomson
Luca Gasparatto
Peter Grant
Paul Watson
Tony Gallacher
Tom Taiwo
Mark Kerr
Joe McKee
Rory Loy
Nathan Austin
Myles Hippolyte
Scott Gallacher
Andy Dowie
Chris McLaughlin
Sam Wardrop
Craig Barr
Dougie Hill
David Wilson
Tom Walsh
Ally Roy
Mark Stewart
Christian Nade

David Mitchell
Alex Harris
Lee Miller
Scott Shepherd
Kevin O'Hara
Cameron Blues
Jonathan Mitchell
Jamie Ewings
Kyle Prior
Calum Gallagher
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Chris Johnston

Alex Harris for Mark Kerr (70)
Lee Miller for Nathan Austin (82)
Kevin O'Hara for Rory Loy (87)
Chris Johnston for Tom Walsh (74)
Stuart Carswell for Ally Roy (82)
David Smith for Mark Stewart (88)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Stuart Hodge & David Dunne (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

LAST week as part of Sons 24, keeper Scott Gallacher said that sometimes a point wouldn't be a bad outcome for Dumbarton this season.

His theory has been proven after only the second Championship game.

All was great after Ally Roy put Sons ahead of Falkirk after 14 minutes. Even when Myles Hippolyte converted a penalty for the home side 11 minutes later, it still looked good.

But the longer the second half went on, the more pressure Dumbarton faced from a determined Bairns side. A winner seemed imminent at times - but never came for Falkirk.

It nearly did for Sons, right at the end, and had David Smith got a more decisive touch at close range from Christian Nade's header, it surely would have happened.

Of the opening month's Championship fixtures, the trip to Falkirk was probably the most demanding on paper for Dumbarton. It ended with a satisfactory point.

They may have faced several chances, but many missed the target, and Gallacher was equal to the ones which were on it.

A point is a point, and this undoubtedly was a good one. But for a spell it was on course to be three.

After 14 minutes, a quite sublime through ball by David Wilson found Roy, whose finish was clinical.

The initial response by Falkirk was absorbed by a Sons defence which was once again organised.

But after 25 minutes, Mark Stewart's careless challenge on Nathan Austin in the area meant only one outcome, with Hippolyte dispatching the penalty.

Dumbarton provided a strong reaction, with a fierce Tom Walsh shot turned wide. The resulting corner brought another, and from that one, Craig Barr headed against the bar.

Hippolyte narrowly missed the target from distance in the hosts' only other real close call of the first half. But the second 45 minutes were very different.

Within 15 minutes of the restart, Austin twice and Joe McKee had gone close to giving Falkirk the lead. Gallacher kept both out while Austin's other effort was narrowly past.

Skipper Andy Dowie also did well to deny Hippolyte after he broke through on goal, while Gallacher stopped the same player at close range.

But in the later stages, Sons came into it more. A shot by Stewart was turned wide, and after Gallacher, by whatever means, saved from Hippolyte again, the big opportunity came.

When a free kick came into the area, Nade won the header well, giving the newly-introduced Smith a chance to go head to head with the keeper for the loose ball. The keeper won - just, with Smith close to getting enough on it.

Kevin O'Hara, and then McKee again, had late chances to steal it for Falkirk, but neither hit the target.

The possession and chance stats may not have been equal, but the most important fact of the game was.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at August 12th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Gallacher (GK)28 6 - 6 -
Andy Dowie34 6 - 6 -
Dougie Hill32 4 - 4 -
Craig Barr30 5151
Sam Wardrop19 2 - 2 -
Chris McLaughlin19 6 - 6 -
Tom Walsh21 4 - 201
David Wilson22 6 - 6 -
Ally Roy20 6161
Christian Nade 32 513412
Mark Stewart29 6 - 6 -
Stuart Carswell (sub)23 1 - 17 -
Chris Johnston (sub)22 5 - 5 -
David Smith (sub)24 6 - 491

League Table (as at August 12th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.