Alloa Athletic 0
Dumbarton 1
Championship Play Offs (Final 1st leg)

Alloa Athletic 

0 - 1


Championship Play Offs (Final 1st leg)
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Indodrill Stadium. Att. 811
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Stuart Carswell (6)

Team Managers
Jim Goodwin Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Neil Parry
Jamie McCarthy
Andy Graham
Callum Crane
Scott Taggart
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Garry Fleming
John Robertson
Ross Stewart
Iain Flannigan
Kevin Cawley
Scott Gallacher .1
Craig Barr .55
Liam Dick .22
Andy Dowie .4
Stuart Carswell .6
Danny Handling .21
Kyle Hutton .14
David Smith .2
Andy Stirling .25
Tom Walsh .10
Kevin Nisbet .24

Daryll Meggatt
Jim Goodwin
Andrew Wilson
A Trialist
Dylan Monaghan
Kris Renton
Callum Smith
Jamie Ewings .19
Dougie Hill .15
Liam Burt .31
Grant Gallagher .5
David Wilson .8
Iain Russell .23
Mark Stewart .9

Callum Smith for Jordan Kirkpatrick (37)
Kris Renton for Garry Fleming (73)
Liam Burt for Danny Handling (53)
Iain Russell for Tom Walsh (76)
Mark Stewart for Andy Stirling (86)

Ross Stewart (51)
Iain Flannigan (80)
Kevin Nisbet (82)
Mark Stewart (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)
David McGeachie & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)
Steven Kirkland (Fourth Official)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

PLAY-OFFS never were done the easy way.

The good news for those of us with already-exhausted nerves is that there is only one game left this season.

The not-so-good news is that it is liable to be the most nerve-shredding of the lot.

For the second week in a row, Dumbarton have a one-goal lead to defend at home in a play-off tie.

The difference is that Sunday's second leg against Alloa is the game by which their stay in the Championship lives or dies. Whether they make it a seventh season in that division, or whether the journey ends here.

Stuart Carswell started the season without a goal to his name in his entire senior career. He now has two, and when he scores them, he scores them.

His first career goal, against Elgin City in November, was a free kick from distance. His second, to decide this game, was a moment of genius.

With only six minutes gone, he controlled Danny Handling's pass 25 yards out and thrashed in a searing shot which went on to be the winner on the night.

Now Sons are 90 minutes away from another season in the Championship and a draw on Sunday — or, if they are feeling generous, another victory — will finish the job. It is easy if you say it fast enough.

They had fought off some early pressure from the Wasps before Carswell's brilliantly-executed goal gave them the lead.

But the scoreline could have been level again after only a further eight minutes when ex-Son Jordan Kirkpatrick's shot rebounded from the post. Keeper Scott Gallacher may well have got a touch on the ball to deflect it off target.

Carswell was right in the mood after his earlier shot and had another go from distance, but this time his effort was saved. Right on half time a Dumbarton attack turned into a chance for Alloa, but Gallacher saved well from Ross Stewart.

Early in the second half, Kevin Nisbet and Kyle Hutton were unlucky to miss the target before Alloa fought back.

Callum Smith was played in to finish from six yards, but Craig Barr made one of the challenges of the season to deny the striker.

The rest of the game was scrappy, with another Nisbet shot, which went just over, being largely all Sons had to show for their efforts.

Gallacher, though, only had one major final act to perform himself, saving brilliantly from Smith at close range.

So is it meant to be? We will know on Sunday evening.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at May 9th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Gallacher (GK)28 50 - 50 -
Craig Barr31 465465
Liam Dick22 16 - 16 -
Andy Dowie35 47 - 47 -
Stuart Carswell24 372532
Danny Handling 24 233233
Kyle Hutton27 46 - 46 -
David Smith25 281712
Andy Stirling 28 15 - 563
Tom Walsh21 403564
Kevin Nisbet21 12 - 12 -
Liam Burt (sub)19 181181
Iain Russell (sub)35 14113136
Mark Stewart (sub)29 354354

League Table (as at May 9th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.