Dumbarton 0
Falkirk 0
League (Championship)

0 - 0

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium. Att. 874
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Gallacher
55. Craig Barr
4. Andy Dowie
3. Chris McLaughlin
12. Sam Wardrop
6. Stuart Carswell
20. Dimitris Froxylias
14. Kyle Hutton
10. Tom Walsh
8. David Wilson
27. Christian Nade
Robbie Mutch
Aaron Muirhead
Peter Grant
Jordan McGhee
Mark Kerr
Tom Taiwo
Tony Gallacher
Reghan Tumilty
Rory Loy
Craig Sibbald

19. Jamie Ewings
15. Dougie Hill
7. Calum Gallagher
21. Danny Handling
11. Chris Johnston
2. David Smith
17. Ally Roy
Robbie Thomson
Nathan Austin
Myles Hippolyte
Alex Harris
Lee Miller
Lewis Kidd
James Craigen

David Smith for Chris McLaughlin (66)
Calum Gallagher for David Wilson (77)
Chris Johnston for Dimitris Froxylias (90)
Myles Hippolyte for Tony Gallacher (61)
Alex Harris for Rory Loy (90)
Nathan Austin for Tom Taiwo (90)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

ELEVEN would have been nice - but eight points clear in a position of safety isn't a bad way to spend Christmas.

Dumbarton couldn't stretch their advantage over Falkirk to double figures. The only thing that ended up stretched was the squad, even further, due to injuries.

But despite a bad ankle injury sustained by Chris McLaughlin, which proved to be one of the main events of the afternoon, Sons had the grit to ensure a positive result.

A classic it certainly was not, but it was engrossing viewing. As evidenced in Dumbarton's previous two outings, one flash of inspiration can turn one point into three — or none.

In the end, neither side could find it. The first half saw Sons go close a couple of times while the Bairns' efforts were narrowly off target; the second simply never got going.

At least it didn't until another couple of near misses by the home side. Calum Gallagher and Dimitris Froxylias had opportunities, but neither found the net.

In the end, the point was more useful to Dumbarton than it was to their opponents. And it can still become 11 points against Livingston on Boxing Day, although Falkirk will have two games in hand.

With Mark Kerr having shot narrowly wide for the Bairns, David Wilson and then Froxylias, in quick succession, had shots from distance for Sons, who were attacking into the wind.

But keeper Robbie Mutch was equal to each effort, and those were followed by some sustained pressure from Falkirk.

Louis Longridge, Peter Grant and Jordan McGhee all had a go, but none were on target.

The rest of the afternoon was scrappy, with Chris McLaughlin departing on a stretcher midway through the second half after landing awkwardly from going for a high ball.

With 12 of the regular 90 minutes left, Rory Loy was close for Falkirk but glanced a low ball from the right across goal.

Six minutes later Andy Dowie got his head to a free kick in the Bairns area, but Gallagher couldn't quite reach it at the back post.

And in the seventh of 10 added minutes, Froxylias cut inside, but his shot from 25 yards was the wrong side of the post.

At the end of Sons' final pre-Christmas outing, nobody's festive spirits were too badly dampened.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Gallacher (GK)28 26 - 26 -
Craig Barr30 232232
Andy Dowie34 24 - 24 -
Chris McLaughlin19 251251
Sam Wardrop20 221221
Stuart Carswell24 151311
Dimitris Froxylias24 144144
Kyle Hutton26 22 - 22 -
Tom Walsh21 233394
David Wilson23 231231
Christian Nade 33 2014912
David Smith (sub)24 111542
Calum Gallagher (sub)23 221291
Chris Johnston (sub)23 12 - 12 -

League Table (as at December 23rd, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.