Dumbarton 1
Airdrieonians 1
League (League 1)

1 - 1

League (League 1)
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 624
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brad Spencer (90)
Leighton McIntosh (3)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
17. Jamie McGowan
3. Willie Dyer
2. Cameron Ballantyne
4. Andy Dowie
20. Dom Thomas
11. Bobby Barr
9. Calum Gallagher
6. Stuart Carswell
8. Kyle Hutton
10. Ross Forbes
15. Michael Paton
Ben MacKenzie
Kieran Millar
Sean Crighton
Kieran MacDonald
Chris O'Neil
Ryan Conroy
Grant Gallagher
Dale Carrick
Scott Stewart
Darryl Duffy
Leighton McIntosh

21. F Trialist
18. Scott Allardice
12. Brad Spencer
Joao Victoria
Dean Cairns
Cameron Russell
Sean McIntosh
Andrew McNeil
Jonathan Page
Joshua Edwards

Brad Spencer for Michael Paton (67)
Scott Allardice for Bobby Barr (78)
Joao Victoria for Daryll Duffy (69)
Dean Cairns for Grant Gallagher (80)
Cameron Russell for Dale Carrick (84)

Cameron Ballantyne (50)
Kieran MacDonald (53)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Steven (Referee)
Ross Haswell & Paul Timmons (Assistants)

Match Report

IT could barely have started any worse. It ended up being a tale of how it could have been better.

This, for Dumbarton, was quite possibly the two points that got away. But it could very easily have been three.

They were up against it from the second minute when Leighton McIntosh headed Airdrieonians in front.

If the rest of the first half was evenly contested, the second was missed chance after squandered opportunity for Sons.

Diamonds boss Ian Murray, three years to the weekend he resigned as St Mirren manager after defeat at Dumbarton, was on for victory over Sons for the second time in a fortnight.

Until one last hopeful corner by Ross Forbes was met by one powerful header from Brad Spencer, and something was taken from the game.

If even one more of those opportunities had hit the net, Dumbarton would be level with Airdrie on 20 points and one point away from fourth place.

But they were within that Spencer header of being only a point ahead of second-bottom Brechin City. Instead they are two clear, so that was something to take from the afternoon.

Almost right from the start they were up against it when Scott Stewart sent in a cross from the right. The home side were hesitant in dealing with it and McIntosh snapped up the chance from close range.

Talisman Dom Thomas was close for Sons on two occasions while a Kieran MacDonald effort for the visitors rolled narrowly wide.

Then what could have put the game 2-0 could just as easily have made it 1-1. Grant Gallagher's shot from the edge of the area took a looping deflection, hit the top of the bar and went over.

The resulting corner brought another chance - for Dumbarton. On the counter attack, Calum Gallagher's shot on the turn from Thomas' assist was saved.

Near the hour mark, it was switched about. A Sons corner failed to cause any significant panic and Airdrie went upfield, only for Dale Carrick to shoot past.

Minutes after that, Michael Paton shot over at close range after Andy Dowie headed down Forbes' free kick.

Moves and opportunities came and went, perhaps the most notable being Paton's replacement Spencer, heading Cammy Ballantyne's cross wide.

When Andy Dowie had a shot blocked at point blank range by the keeper, all that was left was the resulting corner.

Forbes to deliver, Spencer to score. Persistence had paid off.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at December 8th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Jamie McGowan (GK)21 4 - 4 -
Andy Dowie35 212692
Cameron Ballantyne21 12 - 12 -
Willie Dyer31 17 - 17 -
Calum Gallagher 24 2066913
Bobby Barr30 234234
Dom Thomas22 8484
Ross Forbes29 235426
Kyle Hutton27 21 - 68 -
Stuart Carswell25 201743
Michael Paton29 181181
Scott Allardice (sub)20 11 - 11 -
Brad Spencer (sub)22 143143

League Table (as at December 8th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.