Dumbarton 0
Falkirk 4
League Cup (Group E)

0 - 4

League Cup (Group E)
Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
C&G Systems Stadium (Behind closed doors)
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Callumn Morrison (12)
Callumn Morrison (49)
Conor Sammon (73)
Anton Dowds (82)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Lee Miller/David McCracken

Starting Eleven
1. Kevin Dabrowski
15. Donald Morrison
12. Sam Wardrop
3. Rico Quitongo
2. Ryan McGeever
4. Ruaridh Langan
8. Ross Forbes
17. Matthew Reilly
9. Denny Johnstone
10. Robert Jones
14. Jaime Wilson
PJ Morrison
Paul Dixon
Ben Hall
Gary Miller
Josh Todd
Blair Alston
Akeel Francis
Robbie Leitch
Conor Sammon
Sean Kelly
Callumn Morrison

21. Chris Calder
11. Adam Frizzell
Robbie Mutch
Mark Durnan
Anton Dowds
Morgaro Gomis
Aidan Laverty
Charlie Telfer
Blair Sneddon

Adam Frizzell for Rico Quitongo (59)
Chris Calder for Kevin Dabrowski (79)
Morgaro Gomis for Blair Alston (65)
Anton Dowds for Akeel Francis (65)
Charlie Telfer for Robbie Leitch (66)
Aidan Laverty for Callumn Morrison (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Scott Lambie (Referee)
Craig Ferguson & Andrew Bryson (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

ONE way of looking at this is that when Dumbarton next play Falkirk, they will have more players available, surely making it a different game.

You always want to be out there, kicking every ball. But just this once, this was a fixture Sons could have done without.

Six players were known to be out earlier in the day. Nat Wedderburn's absence made it seven. Those out included the captain, an ever-present centre half and two key members of the first choice midfield.

All we could really ask was that the team remained competitive. That box was ticked. But this was a tough evening.

Callumn Morrison's double for the Bairns was followed up by goals from Conor Sammon and Anton Dowds as the home side tired.

It will get better. We've seen that this season when Dumbarton have had a full compliment, or been closer to it than they were tonight.

But when there are more players on the pitch called Morrison than Sons can manage on the bench, the challenge is always an uphill one. It will be in the past soon enough.

Falkirk had dominated the opening stages of the game without seriously testing the Sons goal, but on the 12th minute they opened the scoring.

A deflected cross from the left broke to Morrison, who volleyed into the corner.

Shortly afterwards Kevin Dabrowski made a great save to turn Sammon's shot across goal. A shot by Gary Miller was next to go close, but it rolled just past from distance.

The Sons keeper then miraculously denied Ben Hall at close range from another cross from the left, although the Bairns defender was flagged offside in any case.

Action switched to the other end just before the half hour mark and Robert Jones met Rico Quitongo's cross, but his overhead kick dropped just off target.

After seeing out the rest of the first half, Dumbarton hoped to stay in with a shout, but four minutes after the restart that possibility got even more remote.

A mistake at the back let Falkirk in, and Morrison again finished from 12 yards.

Sons did not let that blow make them throw in the towel either, though. They kept battling away, although chances were slim.

Even when they did reach the visiting penalty area, nobody could get a shot away and a decent opportunity was lost.

It was 3-0 on 73 minutes when Sammon finished off a corner from six yards.

He went for it again from further out a couple of minutes later, but his shot was deflected past for another corner.

But a fourth goal did come with eight minutes to go, with sub keeper Chris Calder now on. Sammon's effort was deflected away from goal and Dowds could not miss.

Sons did test the visiting keeper with four minutes left, but he got strong enough hands to Ross Forbes' free kick.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 2020)

2020/21 All Time
Kevin Dabrowski (GK)22 6 - 6 -
Ryan McGeever26 7 - 405
Rico Quitongo21 7 - 38 -
Sam Wardrop23 7 - 411
Donald Morrison19 1 - 1 -
Ruaridh Langan22 6 - 341
Matthew Reilly20 4 - 4 -
Ross Forbes31 6 - 7515
Jaime Wilson22 5252
Robert Jones25 71142
Denny Johnstone25 5 - 5 -
Chris Calder (sub) (GK) - 1 - 1 -
Adam Frizzell (sub)22 31134

League Table (as at November 10th, 2020)

No league table has been added for this season.