Dumbarton 0
Stranraer 1
League (League 1)

0 - 1

League (League 1)
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 686
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kyle Turner (66)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Stevie Farrell

Starting Eleven
21. Chris Smith
3. Willie Dyer
2. Cameron Ballantyne
4. Andy Dowie
6. Stuart Carswell
8. Kyle Hutton
10. Ross Forbes
20. Dom Thomas
11. Bobby Barr
9. Calum Gallagher
15. Michael Paton
Max Currie
Jamie Hamill
Andrew McDonald
Daniel Higgins
Chris McGowan
Mark Lamont
Connir McManus
Kyle Turner
Grant Anderson
Innes Cameron
Paul Crossan

17. Jamie McGowan
18. Scott Allardice
12. Brad Spencer
23. Ryan Thomson
Ian Smith
Lyle Avci
Max Ashmore
David Smith
Ciaran Diver

Brad Spencer for Michael Paton (77)
Scott Allardice for Willie Dyer (85)
Ryan Thomson for Bobby Barr (88)
Ian Smith for Paul Crossan (83)
Ciaran Diver for Grant Anderson (88)

Ross Forbes (90)
Daniel Higgins (51)
Max Currie (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)
Ross MacLeod & Chris McTiernan (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

THE last time Dumbarton scored in a league match at home to Stranraer, it was a current player who did it.

But by the time the Blues return to the C&G Systems Stadium in April, that will be more than 14 years ago.

Since Iain Russell scored in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, March 26 2005, every one of Stranraer's visits to G82 in league action has resulted in a win and a clean sheet.

There have only been three of them, but it's still a bit of an Indian sign. At least last season's Irn Bru Cup victory neutralises it a bit.

A player who was seven years old when Russell scored that goal ensured the third of those.

Stair Park midfielder Kyle Turner rounded off a fine individual display with the only goal of the game on 65 minutes.

It was poor festive fare, with neither side landing too many blows on the opposite goal all afternoon. Unfortunately for Sons, the visitors managed to find the net and they did not.

A disappointing, frustrating and challenging season to date has now reached the halfway point with Dumbarton, positionally, some way off where they wanted to be.

There is still the second half to come, and fourth place is still within six points' reach. The trouble is that seventh is five points away.

One more outing, at Stenhousemuir on Saturday, and then 2018 is consigned to the history books. It is one that Sons will surely be glad to see the back of, and embrace 2019 hoping that it brings better fortunes.

They went close on 18 minutes with a Dom Thomas strike which went narrowly past, while Mark Lamont's shot at the other end was also wide.

Calum Gallagher also missed the target for Sons while a minute later, Bobby Barr's shot was blocked by the keeper at close range.

In the second half, Turner's shot was kept out by Chris Smith, but after a fierce shot by Thomas was saved, the Stranraer midfielder wasn't to be denied.

His run went largely unchallenged before he fired in a shot from 20 yards which was outwith Smith's reach.

A Ross Forbes free kick went close, but close now wasn't enough. After Stuart Carswell headed a corner wide, Forbes put in a corner in injury time. Exactly the same as against Airdrie two weeks ago.

But where Brad Spencer headed home against the Diamonds, nobody got the touch on an excellent delivery this time around.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at December 22nd, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Chris Smith (GK)32 6 - 6 -
Cameron Ballantyne21 14 - 14 -
Willie Dyer31 19 - 19 -
Andy Dowie35 232712
Ross Forbes29 256447
Kyle Hutton27 23 - 70 -
Stuart Carswell25 221763
Calum Gallagher 24 2267113
Bobby Barr30 254254
Dom Thomas22 104104
Michael Paton29 202202
Scott Allardice (sub)20 12 - 12 -
Brad Spencer (sub)22 163163
Ryan Thomson (sub)27 15 - 15 -

League Table (as at December 22nd, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.