Dumbarton 2
Airdrieonians 2
League (League 1)

2 - 2

League (League 1)
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Dumbarton Football Stadium. Att. 532
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan McGeever (80)
Andy Geggan (87)
Gabriel McGill (17)
Rhys McCabe (49) Pen

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
12. Callum Erskine
5. Gregor Buchanan
4. Edin Lynch
2. Ryan McGeever
20. Sam Muir
6. Stuart Carswell
7. Conner Duthie
11. Ross MacLean
9. Kalvin Orsi
15. Carlo Pignatiello
28. David Hopkirk
Max Currie
Sam Wardrop
Callum Fordyce
Craig Watson
Rico Quitongo
Dylan Easton
Adam Frizzell
Rhys McCabe
Gabriel McGill
Callum Smith
Calum Gallagher

21. Ryan Hanley
8. Andy Geggan
18. Paul Paton
10. Eoghan Stokes
19. Callum Wilson
22. Kirk McKnight
17. Kristoffer Syvertsen
Scott McGill
Jordan Allan
Matthew McDonald
Dean Ritchie
Scott Agnew
Jay Cantley

Andy Geggan for Conner Duthie (57)
Kristoffer Syvertsen for Sam Muir (69)
Callum Wilson for Edin Lynch (76)
Matthew McDonald for Dylan Easton (62)
Scott McGill for Gabriel McGill (82)
Jordan Allan for Calum Gallagher (88)

Callum Erskine (48)
Andy Geggan (60)
Carlo Pignatiello (90)
Sam Wardrop (27)
Rico Quitongo (60)
Max Currie (72)
Rhys McCabe (83)
Callum Fordyce (90)

Red Cards
None. Sam Wardrop (59)
Match Officials

Barry Cook (Referee)
Colin Drummond & Michael MacDermid (Assistants)

Photography by Andy Scott

Match Report

SO who saw that coming with 11 minutes left to play?

At that time, Dumbarton were staring down a very long barrel. Two goals behind against an Airdrieonians team who'd had a man less since the hour mark.

Gabby McGill had scored the first of those goals for the Diamonds before winning a second half penalty which Rhys McCabe converted.

But it's amazing what a difference two things can make. Firstly, the numerical advantage Sons gained when Sam Wardrop, once one of their own, picked up a second yellow card and was sent off.

And then Ryan McGeever headed them back into it with 10 minutes to play. Things were finally moving, Airdrie were rocking and Andy Geggan got the goal that claimed a point on 86 minutes.

Dumbarton's first effort to pick up from last week took them only two minutes. Ross MacLean swerved past the Airdrie defence on the corner of the box, but the keeper turned his effort away with Edin Lynch shooting over from the rebound.

Airdrie soon responded. A Rhys McCabe free kick was heading for the corner before Callum Erskine turned it wide. The resulting corner flew across goal untouched.

It went a bit flat after that but Erskine was beaten on 17 minutes. McGill's header from Callum Fordyce's ball into the box looped over him and found the net.

Sons looked to fight back but things were a bit rushed. David Hopkirk did look to play Kalvin Orsi in but the striker found the angle too narrow and fired wide.

The visitors continued to dictate the play and after a corner was only half cleared, Conner Duthie cleared Calum Gallagher's shot off the line.

The rest of the half was seen through, but a disastrous resumption was made to the game when McGill went down in the area with Erskine approaching.

Penalty it was, and up stepped McCabe to score.

Sons were rattled, and soon afterwards Erskine got a fist to Gallagher's shot which spun towards goal and only just stayed the right side of the line.

But a lifeline was given in terms of numbers on the hour mark when Wardrop clipped MacLean for a second caution and subsequent red card.

Despite the numerical advantage, Sons toiled. They saw more of the ball, but chances were scarce.

That was until the game reached its 80th minute. A free kick bounced invitingly at the back post but a Diamonds defender hooked it behind for a corner.

From that corner, McGeever was there to power home the header. Game on.

With six minutes left, a ball into the box found MacLean at the back post, but his header went across goal and wide.

But with four remaining, a cutback found Geggan on the edge of the area and he rolled it home. Salvation.

And a goal which kept Dumbarton, at this very early stage, top of League One.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at August 7th, 2021)

2021/22 All Time
Callum Erskine (GK)20 1 - 1 -
Gregor Buchanan31 5 - 823
Edin Lynch21 3 - 3 -
Ryan McGeever27 51649
Sam Muir19 5 - 5 -
Stuart Carswell27 5 - 1545
Conner Duthie24 51192
Ross MacLean24 5353
Kalvin Orsi24 3 - 3 -
Carlo Pignatiello21 3 - 3 -
David Hopkirk28 5 - 5 -
Andy Geggan (sub)34 2117011
Callum Wilson (sub)18 5 - 5 -
Kristoffer Syvertsen (sub)23 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at August 7th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.