Airdrieonians 0
Dumbarton 2
League (League 1)


Airdrieonians 

0 - 2

Dumbarton


League (League 1)
Saturday, October 31st, 2020
New Broomfield (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Jaime Wilson (23)
Leon McCann (o.g.) (60)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
David Hutton
Kyle MacDonald
Leon McCann
Josh Kerr
Sean Crighton
Callum Fordyce
Craig Thomson
Paul McKay
Calum Gallagher
Dale Carrick
Kyle Connell
Chris Smith .21
Rico Quitongo .3
Ryan McGeever .2
Chris Hamilton .18
Sam Wardrop .12
Morgyn Neill .5
Stuart Carswell .6
Nat Wedderburn .16
Ross Forbes .8
Jaime Wilson .14
Robert Jones .10

Bench
Reece Murdoch
Dean Ritchie
Harlain Mbayo
Thomas Robert
Euan O'Reilly
Griffin Sabatini
Eoghan Stokes
Adam Frizzell .11
Ruaridh Langan .4
Matthew Reilly .17

Substitutions
Griffin Sabatini for Kyle MacDonald (63)
Thomas Robert for Craig Thomson (63)
Eoghan Stokes for Kyle Connell (63)
Euan O'Reilly for Josh Kerr (81)
Ruaridh Langan for Jaime Wilson (87)
Matthew Reilly for Chris Hamilton (90)

Cautions
Dale Carrick (62) Rico Quitongo (66)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Graham (Referee)



Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report


SWITCHING the venue, playing in torrential rain and heavy wind, and getting as many goalkeepers with knocks as goals scored.

It was all worth it for Dumbarton in a 2-0 win through at Airdrie on the most impromptu of away days.

An away win. A feeling not experienced by Sons since December 21, 2019, winning at Raith Rovers by the same scoreline. With the usual caveat of seven months without football of course.

It wasn't necessarily a match they dominated. What they were was clinical, especially Jaime Wilson on his first ever Scottish senior start.

He opened the scoring on 23 minutes with the composed finish of a veteran striker, and played a big part in it being concluded on 60 minutes, the ball eventually deflected in off the Diamonds' Leon McCann.

Robert Jones provided a fine assist for the first and Nat Wedderburn likewise for the second. Although Chris Smith was forced into two fine saves, one in each half, the home side were frustrated by a determined back four.

It was just a thoroughly assured performance which suggested that there is more in the locker.

On Halloween though, there were a couple of scares as Kevin Dabrowski was forced out of the warm-up. He made way for Smith who himself later took a knock.

Fifteen minutes before kick-off, Dabrowski was all set to start before landing awkwardly trying to catch a ball. Although he looked more mobile after treatment, he was not risked and in came Smith.

An early Rico Quitongo cross found Ross Forbes well placed, but his header from six yards lacked the power to test the keeper too much.

At the other end Sean Crighton had a shot from the edge of the area for Airdrie, but it was off target.

Smith, though, was called upon to make a brilliant close range save from Calum Gallagher's header on 18 minutes after a ball in from the right by Kyle MacDonald.

And on 23 minutes that save became even more of a boost. A through ball by Robert Jones sent Wilson clear and he rolled the ball past the keeper.

Airdrie had their first opportunity to equalise nine minutes later but Kyle Connell shot well over after the ball dropped to him in a crowded box.

Nine minutes from the interval Chris Hamilton then ran in on goal after intercepting in midfield, but his shot was saved by the keeper.

In the second half, if anything the wind grew stronger. Neither side found chances easy to create, but Sons were holding steady.

That was until the 58th minute when Connell met a cross six yards out, only for Smith to make another fantastic save.

But two minutes later the lead was extended, starting with an excellent through ball by Nat Wedderburn which found Wilson on the charge.

After turning Crighton twice, he looked to have lost the chance, only for the clearance to ricochet off McCann and into his own net.

Airdrie tried to change things around but immediately after their triple substitution, Quitongo almost added what would have been a stylish third. He cut in from the left hand side, but his narrow angled shot was deflected over.

The weather continued to deteriorate before what looked an ominous moment with seven minutes to play. After kicking the ball out Smith pulled up and needed treatment, but was able to see the game through.

Airdrie threw everything at Sons in the closing stages and a Paul McKay effort was deflected just over. Dale Carrick did find the net in injury time but the referee had already blown for a foul.

The price was a potential goalkeeping headache for Tuesday's game with Clyde. But it was definitely worth the purchase.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)



Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 2020)


2020/21 All Time
Age
Chris Smith (GK)34 1 - 11 -
Morgyn Neill24 4 - 394
Sam Wardrop23 4 - 381
Chris Hamilton19 3131
Ryan McGeever26 4 - 375
Rico Quitongo21 4 - 35 -
Stuart Carswell27 4 - 1275
Ross Forbes31 3 - 7215
Nat Wedderburn29 4 - 4 -
Robert Jones25 41112
Jaime Wilson22 2121
Ruaridh Langan (sub)22 4 - 321
Matthew Reilly (sub)20 2 - 2 -






League Table (as at October 31st, 2020)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


No programme issued by Airdrieonians. Home programme issued.