Dumbarton 1
Arbroath 1
Championship Play Offs (Semi final 2nd leg)

1 - 1

Championship Play Offs (Semi final 2nd leg)
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 872
3:00 PM Kick-off

Dougie Hill (9)
Gavin Swankie (27)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Gallacher
22. Liam Dick
4. Andy Dowie
15. Dougie Hill
10. Tom Walsh
6. Stuart Carswell
21. Danny Handling
14. Kyle Hutton
2. David Smith
25. Andy Stirling
23. Iain Russell
David Hutton
Scott Martin
Thomas O'Brien
Colin Hamilton
Richard Little
Mark Whatley
Blair Yule
Bobby Linn
Michael McKenna
Ryan Wallace
Gavin Swankie

19. Jamie Ewings
31. Liam Burt
20. Dimitris Froxylias
5. Grant Gallagher
8. David Wilson
24. Kevin Nisbet
9. Mark Stewart
Omar Kader
Ryan McCord
Daniel Denholm
Leighton McIntosh
Ricky Gomes
David Gold
Josh Skelly

Grant Gallagher for Kyle Hutton (46)
Kevin Nisbet for Iain Russell (57)
Liam Burt for Tom Walsh (75)
Daniel Denholm for Bobby Linn (70)
Leighton McIntosh for Michael McKenna (74)
Ryan McCord for Blair Yule (80)

Andy Stirling (31)
Colin Hamilton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Graham McNellie & Daniel McFarlane (Assistants)
David Lowe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

SEASON 2017/18 started on Tuesday, July 18.

It all comes down to two games within four days, nearly 10 months later.

Dumbarton will be playing their 52nd and 53rd competitive games of the season after taking the battle for Championship survival right to its last knockings.

Which is exactly what Arbroath did to them in this semi-final second leg. The Angus side were beaten on aggregate, but they pushed Sons all the way.

When Dougie Hill headed Dumbarton in front after nine minutes, the Red Lichties needed two goals just to force extra time.

They had one of them 17 minutes later and spent the remaining 64 pushing relentlessly for the second — or even a third.

In the end, a strong Dumbarton resistance at the back was enough. In knockout football, it is result over performance every time.

In the end, Craig Barr's injury time winner on Wednesday proved to be the tie's decisive moment.

Now only Alloa stand between Sons and a seventh season in the Championship. It has been more of a marathon than some would have liked, but it is on the edge of being achieved.

But only after two final rounds of sweat and guts against the Wasps.

Dumbarton started the second leg against Arbroath as they finished the first — on the attack. And just as in the first leg, a centre half found the target.

After Andy Stirling's cross bent towards goal but was turned over, Tom Walsh swung in the resulting corner and Dougie Hill headed in the opener.

Another unlikely source of goals came close to grabbing a second, but Liam Dick was twice denied by the keeper.

Then, after several players could not get a shot away, Stuart Carswell did, but it was deflected wide. Stirling then blasted over from the resulting corner.

It all looked positive, but Arbroath soon gained control.

Bobby Linn forced a fine save from Scott Gallacher before Mark Whatley narrowly missed the target.

But Gavin Swankie then punished a poorly executed passback by intercepting the loose ball and finishing.

The rest of the first half passed by without major incident, but the second almost caught fire straight away. Walsh found space to meet Stirling's cross and his shot beat the keeper, but was cleared off the line.

Still Arbroath were dangerous, though, with Ryan Wallace twice testing Gallacher with low shots from the edge of the area.

Gallacher was equal to each of them, but was tested harder by Wallace's effort from wide on the left, which he scrambled to push wide.

As the visitors pushed forward, they left gaps at the back, and when Stirling set up Liam Burt 20 yards out with a gaping goal, that was almost the moment.

He missed the target, but it did not matter.

It all now comes down to two games with Alloa.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at May 5th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Gallacher (GK)28 49 - 49 -
Liam Dick22 15 - 15 -
Andy Dowie35 46 - 46 -
Dougie Hill33 281281
Tom Walsh21 393554
Stuart Carswell24 361521
Danny Handling 24 223223
Kyle Hutton27 45 - 45 -
David Smith25 271702
Andy Stirling 28 14 - 553
Iain Russell35 13113036
Grant Gallagher (sub)27 91556
Liam Burt (sub)19 171171
Kevin Nisbet (sub)21 11 - 11 -

League Table (as at May 5th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.