Dumbarton 2
Montrose 1
League (League 1)

2 - 1

League (League 1)
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 529
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andy Dowie (69)
Ross Forbes (pen.) (71)
Craig Johnston (42)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Stewart Petrie

Starting Eleven
Grant Adam
Andy Dowie
Scott Allardice
Willie Dyer
Cameron Ballantyne
Ross Forbes
Bobby Barr
Brad Spencer
Stuart Carswell
Ryan Thomson
Jack Aitchison
Allan Fleming
Michael Bolochoweckyj
Sean Dillon
Iain Campbell
Ryan Harrington
Jamie Redman
Patrick Cregg
Terry Masson
Andrew Steeves
Craig Johnston
Euan Henderson

Jamie McGowan
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Hutton
Iain Russell
Rory Loy
Martyn Fotheringham
Graham Webster
Paul Watson
Martin Rennie
Liam Callaghan
Christian Antoniazzi
Jordan Millar

Kyle Hutton for Stuart Carswell (26)
Rory Loy for Jack Aitchison (36)
Iain Russell for Ross Forbes (85)
Martin Rennie for Euan Henderson (66)
Christian Antoniazzi for Patrick Cregg (79)
Liam Callaghan for Jamie Redman (79)

Scott Allardice (50)
Ross Forbes (58)
Ryan Thomson (73)
Patrick Cregg (19)
Terry Masson (78)
Iain Campbell (90)

Red Cards
None. Michael Bolochoweckyj (73)
Match Officials

David Dickinson (Referee)
Joseph Lawson & Simon MacLean (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

HAS it finally happened?

Was this the game where Dumbarton's injury-riddled season caught its spark?

It's too early to say, but the winning feeling came back to Sons on an afternoon of sheer graft.

They were in the same position at half time as they were against Montrose last week — trailing to a Craig Johnston goal. As things stood at the interval, they were bottom of League One.

But it is amazing what a difference five minutes, never mind a week, can make in football.

On 68 minutes, Andy Dowie headed them level. On 71 minutes, Ross Forbes' penalty became the winner. On 73 minutes, Montrose captain Michael Bolochoweckyj was sent off. From there, it was seen out pretty comfortably save for one close call by the visitors.

And at the end of it all, Dumbarton were sixth. Funny old game right enough.

The things that remain consistent, though, are the injury troubles. By half time Stuart Carswell and Jack Aitchison had joined those on the sidelines.

How long they are out for remains to be seen. But this just might be lift-off.

Efforts by Forbes and Brad Spencer were saved by the visiting keeper fairly easily, while Euan Henderson and Jamie Redman passed up decent opportunities for the Gable Endies.

Grant Adam also made a fine save from Henderson after getting back into position when an effort to clear went awry.

But there was no such luck with three minutes left when Johnston dived to head home Andrew Steeves' cross.

For much of the second half there was little sign of an equaliser, but as it reached its midway point, things were about to turn round.

Forbes' corner evaded the Montrose keeper and Dowie was waiting to finish at the back post.

And within a further three minutes, Rory Loy was floored in the area by a push from Sean Dillon. Punishment was inflicted and Forbes stepped up to score the penalty.

It then got worse for Bolochoweckyj, already carrying a yellow card, when he was shown a straight red after a clash with Ryan Thomson.

What a position Sons were now in. And as the minutes went by, they worked well to see it out.

That was notwithstanding a Martin Rennie header which finished narrowly on what was, from Dumbarton's viewpoint, the right side of the post.

Loy had two chances to get his first goal in a Sons jersey, but that will have to wait until at least next week.

It could be important. Today, Dumbarton did enough.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Grant Adam (GK)27 12 - 12 -
Cameron Ballantyne21 3 - 3 -
Willie Dyer31 12 - 12 -
Scott Allardice20 2 - 2 -
Andy Dowie35 122602
Ross Forbes29 122313
Ryan Thomson27 11 - 11 -
Stuart Carswell25 11 - 652
Brad Spencer22 4141
Bobby Barr30 123123
Jack Aitchison18 2 - 2 -
Kyle Hutton (sub)27 11 - 58 -
Rory Loy (sub)30 10 - 10 -
Iain Russell (sub)35 10114137

League Table (as at September 15th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.