Dumbarton 0
Forfar Athletic 2
League (League 1)

0 - 2
Forfar Athletic 

League (League 1)
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 575
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. John Baird (27)
John Baird (70)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Jim Weir

Starting Eleven
1. Grant Adam
55. Craig Barr
4. Andy Dowie
3. Willie Dyer
5. Ross Perry
6. Stuart Carswell
10. Ross Forbes
9. Calum Gallagher
8. Kyle Hutton
33. Rory Loy
15. Michael Paton
Marc McCallum
Ross Meechan
Aidan Wilson
Michael Travis
Darren Whyte
Jamie Bain
Thomas Reilly
Murray MacKintosh
Lewis Moore
Dale Hilson
John Baird

17. Jamie McGowan
11. Bobby Barr
23. Ryan Thomson
7. Andy Little
14. Iain Russell
Dylan Easton
Gary Fraser
Eddie Malone
John Kelly
Connor Coupe
Ben Starkey
Willie Muir

Bobby Barr for Calum Gallagher (45)
Iain Russell for Rory Loy (71)
Ryan Thomson for Ross Perry (77)
Dylan Easton for Dale Hilson (85)
Gary Fraser for Lewis Moore (87)

Ross Perry (16)
Kyle Hutton (59)
Michael Travis (40)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)
Gary Hilland & Willie Ferguson (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

THIS wasn't supposed to happen.

Nobody said League One would be easy for Dumbarton. Everybody should have known it would be a huge exercise with 36 rounds of hard work.

But things weren't expected to be like this on matchday two.

The first home game of the campaign is an opportunity to make an impression early doors. To show your new opponents that this is your fortress, that it is a place to fear visiting.

Sons did not do that. A double by Forfar assistant manager John Baird undid a lot of the positive start to the season at East Fife the previous week.

On another day, this game might have been better for Sons. Maybe Rory Loy's early header would have found the net. Maybe Calum Gallagher's penalty, six minutes from half time, wouldn't have been saved.

One bad result at that stage, of course, is not fatal to a season, any more than one good one wraps anything up.

But for the second Saturday in three, Dumbarton reached 5pm knowing they needed a response to a hugely disappointing afternoon.

Loy's header in the second minute came from a Ross Forbes cross, but his header was over.

Forbes then tried himself with a 25-yard free kick, but the keeper turned his shot wide before Baird headed wide from a decent position.

He was then given a second chance on 26 minutes, and this time made no mistake. After connecting with a high ball into the area, he spun away from the defence and finished.

Dumbarton's response was decent but failed to make the desired impact. Gallagher headed past before the keeper saved from Andy Dowie's header.

Then six minutes from half time, the same keeper saved from Gallagher's penalty after the striker was held in the area by Michael Travis.

Seeking more threat in the second half, Sons had most of the possession but the keeper remained largely untroubled.

And with 20 minutes left, Forfar passed their way through and Baird was left to roll the ball home from 18 yards.

Kyle Hutton and Iain Russell forced further saves, but despite the late flurry, Sons first home league game of the season ended in a disappointing defeat.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at August 11th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Grant Adam (GK)27 6 - 6 -
Craig Barr31 61526
Andy Dowie35 61541
Willie Dyer31 6 - 6 -
Ross Perry28 5 - 5 -
Stuart Carswell24 6 - 602
Ross Forbes29 6 - 251
Calum Gallagher 23 62559
Kyle Hutton27 6 - 53 -
Rory Loy30 4 - 4 -
Michael Paton29 6 - 6 -
Bobby Barr (sub)30 6161
Ryan Thomson (sub)27 5 - 5 -
Iain Russell (sub)35 4 - 13536

League Table (as at August 11th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.