Dumbarton 1
Falkirk 1
League (League 1)

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League (League 1)
Saturday, November 16th, 2019
C & G Systems Stadium. Att. 982
3:00 PM Kick-off

Isaac Layne (29)
Declan McManus (90) pen

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
1. Conor Brennan
3. Rico Quitongo
15. Reghan Tumilty
5. Morgyn Neill
22. Ryan McGeever
14. Joe McKee
18. Adam Frizzell
6. Stuart Carswell
8. Kyle Hutton
17. Isaac Layne
24. PJ Crossan
Robbie Mutch
Michael Doyle
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Durnan
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Morgaro Gomis
Aidan Connolly
Louis Longridge
Gary Miller
Declan McManus

7. Matthew Shiels
23. Jordan McMillan
4. Ruaridh Langan
11. Conor Scullion
10. Stefan McCluskey
16. Mati Zata
9. Ryan Tierney
Cammy Bell
Ian McShane
Ross MacLean
Lewis Toshney
Conor Sammon
Lewis Moore
David McMillan

Ruaridh Langan for Joe McKee (31)
Jordan McMillan for Rico Quitongo (57)
Stefan McCluskey for PJ Crossan (90)
Ross MacLean for Charlie Telfer (63)
David McMillan for Louis Longridge (64)
Conor Sammon for Aidan Connolly (74)

PJ Crossan (16)
Isaac Layne (42)
Kyle Hutton (60)
Stuart Carswell (90)
Michael Doyle (16)
Mark Durnan (56)
Gregor Buchanan (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Barry Cook (Referee)
Andrew McWilliam & Eddie Ferguson (Assistants)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report

FOOTBALL is never about what should have been. Only what was.

In years to come, history will read that Dumbarton and Falkirk drew 1-1 on Saturday, November 16 2019. That, though, will not tell the full story.

For the 59 minutes that followed Isaac Layne's opening goal, Sons had remained comfortable against the side newly-relegated to League One.

They'd had to absorb a lot of pressure, and the workrate had to be at its maximum, as it had been all season, but it was hard not to argue they were worthy of the three points they were about to get.

What happened next is best described solely factually. After David McMillan tried a shot for Falkirk, the referee decided that Kyle Hutton's efforts to block had resulted in a handling offence inside the area.

Declan McManus converted the resulting penalty. Cruel did not seem the word where Sons were concerned.

The first sign of threat came from Falkirk with seven minutes gone. After Conor Brennan saved from Louis Longridge, the ball remained in a dangerous area and Gregor Buchanan's shot flew just wide.

A Morgaro Gomis shot flew over just after the midway point in the first half, with Sons generally dealing well with a lot of what was coming their way. Shortly after Morgyn Neill blocked from McManus at close range.

The iron was hot - and on the half hour mark, Dumbarton struck. Joe McKee put the ball on a plate for Layne with a low ball from the right six yards out.

That, though, was McKee's last contribution as he went off with the effects of an illness to be replaced by Ruaridh Langan.

A through ball by Adam Frizzell almost set Layne up for a second four minutes from half time, but with the keeper stationary, his effort rolled narrowly wide.

A response was expected from the visitors after the interval and Brennan blocked again from McManus after a corner was headed down.

Then a Charlie Telfer effort took a big deflection, but Brennan adjusted in time to save.

With 18 minutes left Layne turned home Stuart Carswell's low ball across goal, but was flagged offside.

The resistance looked as it it had been enough, but in the 90th minute the referee ruled that Hutton had handled in the area and McManus scored from the penalty.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at November 16th, 2019)

2019/20 All Time
Conor Brennan (GK)25 16 - 18 -
Rico Quitongo20 17 - 17 -
Ryan McGeever25 173173
Morgyn Neill23 192192
Reghan Tumilty22 112112
Joe McKee27 16 - 16 -
Kyle Hutton28 18 - 106 -
Stuart Carswell26 18 - 1104
Adam Frizzell21 6262
PJ Crossan21 193193
Isaac Layne24 167167
Jordan McMillan (sub)31 9 - 9 -
Ruaridh Langan (sub)21 161161
Stefan McCluskey (sub)29 16 - 16 -

League Table (as at November 16th, 2019)

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