Dumbarton 1
Montrose 3
League (League 1)

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League (League 1)
Saturday, December 11th, 2021
Moreroom.com Stadium. Att. 386
3:00 PM Kick-off

Conner Duthie (15)
Graham Webster (32) Pen
Graham Webster (35)
Liam Callaghan (60)

Team Managers
Stevie Farrell
Stewart Petrie

Starting Eleven
1. Sam Ramsbottom
3. Pat Boyle
5. Gregor Buchanan
4. Edin Lynch
7. Conner Duthie
8. Andy Geggan
9. Kalvin Orsi
18. Paul Paton
15. Carlo Pignatiello
10. Eoghan Stokes
19. Callum Wilson
Aaron Lennox
Sean Dillon
Matty Allan
Andrew Steeves
Mark Whatley
Paul Watson
Graham Webster
Cammy Ballantyne
Liam Callaghan
Blair Lyons
Craig Johnston

21. Patrick O'Neil
20. Sam Muir
11. Ross MacLean
24. Evan Maley
14. Joe McKee
22. Kirk McKnight
25. Ryan Schiavone
Allan Fleming
Craig Brown
James Keatings
Christian Antoniazzi
Ross Campbell

Ross MacLean for Callum Wilson (64)
Ryan Schiavone for Eoghan Stokes (64)
Joe McKee for Andy Geggan (74)
Craig Brown for Blair Lyons (68)
James Keatings for Craig Johnston (76)
Christian Antoniazzi for Graham Webster (89)

Andy Geggan (52)
Blair Lyons (50)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Grant Irvine (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Gordon McCabe (Assistants)

Photography by Tommy Hughes

Match Report

THE hardest obstacles in life are the ones we make for ourselves.

This started off as the most promising afternoon for Dumbarton. Conner Duthie had put them 1-0 up against Montrose, they were in almost complete control of the game, and despite much work left to do, it all looked positive.

And then the roof, at least metaphorically, collapsed again.

Montrose didn't just score three goals to turn it around and take the three points. On each occasion, they punished a mistake which gave them the opportunity.

Graham Webster scored the first two, the first from the penalty spot, and Liam Callaghan, despite there being over half an hour left, sealed it for the visitors.

It started so well, only for all the positivity to drain away. Almost an exact microcosm of the season to date.

After 13 minutes, Duthie's cross found Eoghan Stokes at the front post, which his header duly hit before rebounding into the keeper's hands.

But two minutes later Duthie did the job himself. He picked up possession in the box, rounded the keeper and finished a fine individual effort from a narrow angle.

Duthie clearly had a spring in his step and was only denied a second five minutes later after his shot hit a defender.

Stokes also had another opportunity after Callum Wilson sent in a free kick, but couldn't adjust six yards out and the visiting defence scrambled clear.

But with 12 minutes to half time, Sons caused their own downfall again. After a missed clearance, Pat Boyle swiped at Blair Lyons for a clear penalty, from which Webster made no mistake.

And more dreadful mistakes cost the second Montrose goal two minutes later. A cross was allowed to find its way to Webster 12 yards out, and he finished clinically.

Stokes was closest to getting the score level before half time after running in on goal at a narrow angle, but the keeper stopped him.

Dumbarton's efforts to respond continued into the second half, with Wilson meeting Paul Paton's cross at the back post only to see his header drift across goal and wide.

Then the ball bounced invitingly around the Montrose box, without anybody to finish it off.

Which made what happen next seem almost inevitable. Play went to the other end of the pitch, and failure by Sons to clear their lines resulted in Callaghan rolling home a low finish.

A late header by Ryan Schiavone went close to offering some sort of lifeline, but it too drifted across goal.

But only a fine save by Sam Ramsbottom denied Montrose a fourth, stopping from James Keatings.

Match report written by Andy Galloway (dumbartonfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at December 11th, 2021)

2021/22 All Time
Sam Ramsbottom (GK)25 20 - 37 -
Pat Boyle34 171374
Gregor Buchanan31 214987
Edin Lynch21 16 - 16 -
Conner Duthie24 213354
Andy Geggan34 14118211
Kalvin Orsi24 202202
Paul Paton34 8181
Carlo Pignatiello21 191191
Eoghan Stokes25 144144
Callum Wilson18 221221
Ross MacLean (sub)24 175175
Joe McKee (sub)29 151433
Ryan Schiavone (sub)18 161161

League Table (as at December 11th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.