Falkirk 6
Dumbarton 0
League (League 1)


6 - 0


League (League 1)
Saturday, August 10th, 2019
The Falkirk Stadium. Att. 4,060
3:00 PM Kick-off

Conor Sammon (7)
Declan McManus (11)
Declan McManus (34)
Charlie Telfer (38)
Declan McManus (42)
Conor Sammon (53)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Michael Doyle
Gregor Buchanan
Lewis Toshney
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Ian McShane
Michael Tidser
Aidan Connolly
Declan McManus
Conor Sammon
Conor Brennan .1
Rico Quitongo .3
Jordan McMillan .23
Ryan McGeever .22
Lewis Crawford .2
Morgyn Neill .5
Stefan McCluskey .10
Stuart Carswell .6
Kyle Hutton .8
Joe McKee .14
PJ Crossan .24

Morgaro Gomis
Denny Johnstone
Ross MacLean
Louis Longridge
Robbie Leitch
Lewis Moore
Robbie Mutch
Jordan Pettigrew .12
Mati Zata .16
Conor Scullion .11
Ruaridh Langan .4
Isaac Layne .17
Ryan Tierney .9

Louis Longridge for Declan McManus (64)
Lewis Moore for Aidan Connolly (71)
Denny Johnstone for Ian McShane (76)
Isaac Layne for Lewis Crawford (55)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (69)
Mati Zata for Jordan McMillan (81)

Conor Sammon (42) Jordan McMillan (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Graham Beaton (Referee)
Gary Hilland & Scott Robert Anderson (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

DUMBARTON crashed to a grim defeat away at Falkirk Stadium on Saturday, as the Bairns asserted their status as League One favourites with a commanding victory.

Five of the six goals came in the opening 45 minutes, as Sons reeled under early pressure from the ambitious full-timers.

It was the worst possible start for an initially tentative looking Dumbarton side, who found themselves two goals down inside the first 11 minutes.

First, on seven minutes, Sons' Ryan McGeever was bundled to the ground by Connor Sammon but play continued and the striker finished high into the net for 1-0 to Falkirk.

Four minutes later Declan McManus nodded home from close range for 2-0. The same player slotted home a third and Charlie Tefler made it 4-0 before the half hour.

Things sank from bad to worse as Dumbarton missed a penalty when Cammy Bell saved from Joe McKee.

Shortly afterwards ex-Son Gregor Buchanan put in a fifth for the Bairns ahead of half time.

The match misery continued after the break when Sammon made it 6-0 on 52 minutes.

From then on Dumbarton managed to prevent further damage and neither side added to the score sheet.

Speaking after the game, manager Jim Duffy said: "At this moment in time we've got a lot of improvements to make in every position on the pitch, but the main concern for me just now is that when we make errors the confidence seems to go very quickly, and that's something that we have to find a solution to.

“We've all got to take our share of responsibility and the responsibility will ultimately fall on the manager, so I take full responsibility for that.

“I've put a whole team together and I expect them to be better, and we're not so we have to try and improve and improve quickly,” he concluded.

Match report written by Simon Barrow

Squad Statistics (as at August 10th, 2019)

2019/20 All Time
Conor Brennan (GK)25 4 - 6 -
Lewis Crawford 19 6 - 6 -
Ryan McGeever25 6 - 6 -
Jordan McMillan30 4 - 4 -
Rico Quitongo20 6 - 6 -
Morgyn Neill23 6161
Kyle Hutton28 6 - 94 -
Stuart Carswell25 6 - 984
Stefan McCluskey28 6 - 6 -
Joe McKee26 4 - 4 -
PJ Crossan20 6161
Mati Zata (sub)19 5 - 5 -
Conor Scullion (sub)20 3 - 3 -
Isaac Layne (sub)24 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 10th, 2019)

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