Stenhousemuir 2
Dumbarton 2
League (League 1)


2 - 2


League (League 1)
Saturday, December 29th, 2018
Ochilview Park. Att. 536
3:00 PM Kick-off

Harry Paton (8)
Mark McGuigan (54)
Ross Forbes (45)
Ross Forbes (90)

Team Managers
Colin McMenamin Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Graeme Smith
Alan Reid
Conor McBrearty
Morgyn Neill
Ruaridh Donaldson
Harry Paton
Mark Ferry
Seb Ross
Alan Cook
Mark McGuigan
Bobby Vaughan
Chris Smith .21
Andy Dowie .4
Scott Allardice .18
Willie Dyer .3
Cameron Ballantyne .2
Ross Forbes .10
Bobby Barr .11
Calum Gallagher .9
Stuart Carswell .6
Dom Thomas .20
Kyle Hutton .8

Jesus Garcia Tena
Conner Duthie
Thomas Halleran
Lewis McMinn
Colin McMenamin
Kevin O'Hara
Jamie McGowan .17
Brad Spencer .12
Ryan Thomson .23
Michael Paton .15

Conner Duthie for Bobby Vaughan (60)
Kevin O'Hara for Mark McGuigan (85)
Ryan Thomson for Scott Allardice (68)
Michael Paton for Calum Gallagher (86)
Brad Spencer for Willie Dyer (87)

Alan Reid (28)
Conor McBrearty (56)

Red Cards
Conor McBrearty (90) None.

Match Officials

Mike Roncone (Referee)
Stuart Hodge & Alan Grainger (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

FOUR goals scored by players wearing Stenhousemuir jerseys wasn't quite how Dumbarton envisaged finishing 2018.

In the end, it wasn't the worst outcome as a challenging year for the club came to a close.

On a day when Sons lined up in their hosts' Argentina-style away kit, they were dug out of a hole by goals which would befit the South Americans.

Twice Ross Forbes was given the opportunity to score with a 25-yard free kick - and twice he delivered.

Those cancelled out goals for the Warriors by Harry Paton and Mark McGuigan, in the early stages of each half.

Those looked like being enough to win it for Stenny before Connor McBrearty's afternoon ended slightly early for a second booking after he fouled Bobby Barr on the edge of the area, allowing Forbes to do the needful again.

Recent results have hardly been world-beating but that is now twice in four games that Dumbarton have battled to the end of fixtures which looked to be slipping away from them to claim a point.

They could only finish the calendar year bottom of League One if they lost this game heavily, but they made an ominous start in that respect.

After eight minutes, Paton broke through on goal and with the defence backing off, he fired home a low shot from the edge of the area.

Chris Smith saved well from Bobby Vaughan soon after that, but this game was not proving to be a late entry to the 2018 hall of fame.

Sons were working hard, but not looking much like finishing anything off. That was until they won a free kick right on the whistle.

Forbes stepped up, and with one touch of the ball, Dumbarton were heading in at half time level.

The second half made a more positive start, with Stuart Carswell heading a corner wide at the back post.

But another Sons corner then brought a goal - for Stenny. They broke quickly upfield from the set piece and McGuigan finished from close range.

Several corners were forced by Dumbarton in the second half, but again a finish was badly lacking.

Fortunately they had Forbes to rescue them again in the 90th minute after McBrearty's second caution which saw him sent packing. Soon after, courtesy of another Forbes set piece, his remaining team-mates saw two points disappear as well - and Dumbarton saw one gained.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at December 29th, 2018)

2018-19 All Time
Chris Smith (GK)32 7 - 7 -
Cameron Ballantyne21 15 - 15 -
Willie Dyer31 20 - 20 -
Scott Allardice20 13 - 13 -
Andy Dowie35 242722
Dom Thomas22 114114
Stuart Carswell25 231773
Calum Gallagher 24 2367213
Bobby Barr30 264264
Ross Forbes29 268459
Kyle Hutton27 24 - 71 -
Ryan Thomson (sub)27 16 - 16 -
Brad Spencer (sub)22 173173
Michael Paton (sub)29 212212

League Table (as at December 29th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.