Dumbarton 4
East Fife 0
League (League 1)

4 - 0
East Fife 

League (League 1)
Saturday, October 27th, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 713
3:00 PM Kick-off

Calum Gallagher  (7)
Bobby Barr (45)
Stuart Carswell (51)
Dom Thomas (71)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Darren Young

Starting Eleven
21. Chris Smith
2. Cameron Ballantyne
4. Andy Dowie
5. Ross Perry
11. Bobby Barr
6. Stuart Carswell
10. Ross Forbes
9. Calum Gallagher
8. Kyle Hutton
20. Dom Thomas
14. Iain Russell
Brett Longden
Ross Dunlop
Chris Kane
Pat Slattery
Aaron Dunsmore
Scott Agnew
Liam Watt
Ross Davidson
Craig Watson
Anton Dowds
Jonathan Court

17. Jamie McGowan
18. Scott Allardice
12. Brad Spencer
7. Andy Little
15. Michael Paton
Mark Docherty
Craig Thomson
Kevin Smith
Scott McBride
Scott Linton
Craig McDowall
Kyle Bellu

Brad Spencer for Kyle Hutton (75)
Michael Paton for Dom Thomas (79)
Andy Little for Iain Russell (82)
Mark Docherty for Pat Slattery (55)
Kevin Smith for Anton Dowds (55)
Craig Thomson for Aaron Dunsmore (66)

None. Chris Kane (36)
Ross Davidson (69)

Red Cards
None. Ross Davidson (69)
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)
David Doig & Robert Thomson (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

YOU have an extra hour this weekend. Spend it savouring this 90 minutes.

Whether this was a one-off to welcome Jim Duffy to the manager's chair, or the start of something big, only time will tell.

But it was Dumbarton's biggest goal haul for 20 months. It was gained against an East Fife team who had won all of their last eight, two of those against Championship clubs.

And it did not remotely flatter Sons. From Calum Gallagher's opening goal on six minutes to Dom Thomas' fourth on 70, via Bobby Barr on 45 and Stuart Carswell on 50, they flew through the challenge.

They also finished numerically superior to their visitors, who had Ross Davidson sent off on 68 minutes for two bookings in the same incident.

Duffy highlighted the importance of consistency in his first interview with the club website last week. If his team can deliver this with consistency, there will be no complaints from anybody with any affinity towards Dumbarton.

After the new manager entered the field to warm applause from the fans, there was intrigue as to how his debut would go. His last four predecessors had all won on their league debuts, after all.

And within six minutes, that record stood more chance of remaining intact. After controlling Kyle Hutton's diagonal ball, Gallagher cut into the area and scored with a narrow angled shot.

It wasn't as if chances were coming at a rate of knots for Sons, but they were more than comfortable. They were only really troubled by a low Scott Agnew shot which rolled just past.

Iain Russell's next goal will be the 200th of his career, and on 34 minutes he was unlucky not to get it when the keeper turned his shot over. The outcome was a goal kick.

Gallagher's goal looked like being all Dumbarton had to defend at the interval, but right on the whistle, what a boost.

Thomas punished hesitancy at the back from East Fife and after getting into the area, squared to Barr for a tap-in.

It was widely expected that the visitors, after their recent form, would still fancy their chances of fighting back in the second half. But the best way to guard against it was to score another goal.

Five minutes into the second half, a short corner. Ross Forbes, Barr, Forbes again, Carswell at the back post to stick away the low ball. Simple as that.

Shortly afterwards Thomas' angled free kick was saved, but he would have his moment eventually.

Not before East Fife were reduced to 10 men, though, as Davidson was initially booked for a pull on Thomas' jersey. His dissent earned him a second caution and thereby a dismissal.

And within minutes of that, Thomas collected possession and strolled through to score with a low 25-yard shot.

A Barr shot was deflected just wide, and in the end no further goals were forthcoming.

But in his first match as manager, Duffy's Dumbarton delivered.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Chris Smith (GK)32 1 - 1 -
Cameron Ballantyne21 6 - 6 -
Andy Dowie35 172652
Ross Perry28 10 - 10 -
Bobby Barr30 174174
Stuart Carswell25 141683
Ross Forbes29 173364
Calum Gallagher 24 1446311
Kyle Hutton27 15 - 62 -
Dom Thomas22 3232
Iain Russell35 15214638
Brad Spencer (sub)22 9292
Michael Paton (sub)29 121121
Andy Little (sub)29 10 - 10 -

League Table (as at October 27th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.