Dumbarton 0
Falkirk 3
League (League 1)

0 - 3

League (League 1)
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
C & G Systems Stadium (Behind closed doors)
7:00 PM Kick-off

None. Callumn Morrison (16)
Blair Alston (33)
Aidan Connolly (77)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Lee Miller and David McCracken

Starting Eleven
1. Kevin Dabrowski
5. Morgyn Neill
3. Rico Quitongo
2. Ryan McGeever
19. Daniel Church
12. Sam Wardrop
4. Ruaridh Langan
16. Nat Wedderburn
6. Stuart Carswell
11. Adam Frizzell
14. Jaime Wilson
Peter Morrison
Ben Hall
Gary Miller
Sean Kelly
Paul Dixon
Morgaro Gomis
Callumn Morrison
Robbie Leitch
Blair Alston
Conor Sammon
Anton Dowds

15. Donald Morrison
10. Robert Jones
24. PJ Crossan
9. Denny Johnstone
Robbie Mutch
Aidan Laverty
Aidan Connolly
Josh Todd
Lee Miller
Akeel Francis
Mark Durnan
Charlie Telfer
Euan Deveney

Denny Johnstone for Ryan McGeever (45)
PJ Crossan for Adam Frizzell (52)
Robert Jones for Rico Quitongo (64)
Donald Morrison for Nat Wedderburn (84)
Charlie Telfer for Robbie Leitch (56)
Aidan Connolly for Callumn Morrison (66)
Akeel Francis for Anton Dowds (66)
Josh Todd for Morgaro Gomis (84)

Sam Wardrop (63)
PJ Crossan (67)
Jaime Wilson (79)
Paul Dixon (45)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven Kirkland (Referee)
Drew Kirkland & Calum Doyle (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

THE difference between this and Saturday at Peterhead? Hundreds of miles and maybe two more goals for the opposition.

Dumbarton had plenty of the ball against Falkirk. They moved it around well in stages and looked reasonably solid at the back for most of the game.

Those things don't decide games, though. Goals do.

There was a 10-minute spell in the first half which just about summed up the evening. Sons were awarded a free kick 20 yards out and couldn't get past the wall. The Bairns were awarded the same and Blair Alston put away their second.

Callumn Morrison got their first and Aidan Connolly their third.

Effort was plenty for Dumbarton. It sometimes deserves a better reward but four consecutive blank sheets suggest it goes a bit beyond luck.

All that can be done is that the extended gap between matches is used well, and Sons are ready to go again at Partick Thistle in 11 days.

Although not forcing any clear cut chances, Dumbarton started well and some promising early play lacked only a finish.

But there was a narrow escape on 13 minutes. Anton Dowds' shot spun up into the air in the box, but Alston found the angle too narrow to finish.

And three minutes later Falkirk were ahead, Morrison ghosting in at the back post after a corner. All the good early work was undone.

With Sons continuing to enjoy more of the ball but struggling to threaten an equaliser, out of nothing the visitors almost had a second on 29 minutes.

Alston's looping shot crashed off the bar with Conor Sammon unable to put the rebound away.

Instead, Alston got the second on 33 minutes with a perfectly-placed free kick from distance.

The game was seen through to half time without anything else going wrong, and Denny Johnstone was introduced at half time in an effort to revitalise the attacking side of the team.

On 62 minutes he got the closest yet to a goal by Dumbarton. Fellow sub PJ Crossan played him in, but his low shot came back off the post.

Falkirk remained comfortable but were finding the home defence tighter. The next chance fell to Jaime Wilson with 13 minutes left, but he headed over at close range.

And we were saying about that tighter defence? The visitors then punished a bad mistake at the back which allowed Connolly to roll home the third a minute later.

As if to sum things up, with two minutes left Johnstone was played in again, but a hand from the keeper was enough to turn the shot wide.

But Falkirk were only denied a fourth in the last minute by a fine save from Kevin Dabrowski, turning Charlie Telfer's effort over.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 2020)

2020/21 All Time
Kevin Dabrowski (GK)22 9 - 9 -
Daniel Church20 3 - 3 -
Ryan McGeever26 10 - 435
Rico Quitongo21 8 - 39 -
Morgyn Neill24 9 - 444
Sam Wardrop23 10 - 441
Adam Frizzell22 61164
Stuart Carswell27 8 - 1315
Nat Wedderburn29 9 - 9 -
Ruaridh Langan22 8 - 361
Jaime Wilson22 8282
Donald Morrison (sub)19 3 - 3 -
PJ Crossan (sub)22 3 - 357
Denny Johnstone (sub)25 8 - 8 -
Robert Jones (sub)25 91162

League Table (as at November 24th, 2020)

No league table has been added for this season.