Dumbarton 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton
Attendance: 594
Referee: Colin Steven
Dumbarton Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Dimitris Froxilias (46)
Sam Wardrop (63)
Connor Bell (8)

Team Managers
Stephen Aitken John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Sam Wardrop
Dougie Hill
Andy Dowie
Christopher McLaughlin
Kyle Hutton
Craig Barr
Dimitris Froxilias
Mark Stewart
Tom Walsh
Christian Nade
Owain Fon Williams
Coll Donaldson
Gary Warren
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
George Oakley
Connor Bell

Bench
David Smith
Calum Gallagher
David Wilson
Chris Johnston
Greg Morrison
Ally Roy
Jamie Ewings
Mark Ridgers
Matthew Elsdon
Jake Mulraney
Alex Cooper
Daniel Mackay
John Baird
Felitciano Zschusschen

Substitutions
Greg Morrison -> Christian Nade (73)
David Wilson -> Tom Walsh (81)
Calum Gallagher -> Mark Stewart (89)
Jake Mulraney for Carl Tremarco (79)
John Baird for George Oakley (87)

Bookings
Tom Walsh (9)
Craig Barr (51)
Dougie Hill (77)
David Wilson (91)
Gary Warren (61)
Iain Vigurs (84)

Red Cards
None. Gary Warren (79)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 83 apps -
Coll Donaldson 3 apps -
Carl Tremarco 113 apps10 goals
Brad Mckay 40 apps2 goals
Gary Warren 197 apps18 goals
Joe Chalmers 12 apps -
Charlie Trafford 6 apps -
Iain Vigurs 112 apps19 goals
Liam Polworth 126 apps12 goals
George Oakley 10 apps2 goals
Connor Bell 7 apps2 goals
Jake Mulraney (sub) 41 apps -
John Baird (sub) 12 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Connor Bell (21 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 46 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 38 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Mackay (16 years 161 days)
Oldest Player:Gary Warren (33 years 46 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 125 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

More agony for the travelling support: Immortal Howden Ender was one of our well travelled fans for this encounter at the Rock and he was less than impressed with the fare on display from his beloved Caley Jags. Many fans have seen it all, League Championships, Scottish Cup wins and European football. Sadly, it looks like relegation is the next step in the decline of our club. Despite going ahead in the eighth minute through Bell, we were unable to build on that and second half goals from Froxylias and Wardrop made it a long journey home for all the suffering fans.

Wasted Journey

Well perhaps the omens were there long before we kicked off. Glasgow city centre awash with Old Firm neds, the nice wee train journey to the Rock cancelled due to engineering works and roadworks bringing traffic chaos to the Erskine Bridge. Underground to the West End and an empty student pub. Uber to Dumbarton and quaffing in the Stags Head watching part time Old Firmers watching the game. And then a walk down to a ground that resembles a Sunday League setting and then watching 90 minutes of Sunday League fare.

At the time I was quite happy with the first half performance. A superb Polworth through ball splits the defence and Bell finished well in the 8th minute and we were in charge for the majority of the first 45 minutes. Again I have to comment on the lack of enthusiasm and celebration to herald that early goal. We looked neat enough but it was tippy tappy stuff with most balls going either sideways or back. OFW did appear to ooze more confidence to those in front of them and those brave few sitting in the stands. And if Bell had notched a second when through on goal 1:1 and we had gone 2-0 up – well who knows. Trafford and Oakley both had half chances, OFW had little to do and it really should have been 2 or 3-0. There was a sense of a standing ovation, albeit muted, as the boys trooped off at half time.

And very quickly after the restart it became clearer what had happened. Stevie Aitken had given us far too much respect. He had decided to sit his team deep, allow us the ball in our own half and defend deep. The elements were also in our favour in the first half as well. Dumbarton lined up like a pack of dogs looking for the fox. From then on they defended, allowed us the luxury of possession in our own half but they pressed and pressed and looked to break at every opportunity. Froxylias basically ran the show. It took them a mere 2 minutes to equalise and we never looked like getting back. Froxylias fired home in the 47th. Froxylias bent a curling free kick at our goal in the 63rd minute, OFW made a good stop, albeit over dramatically and Wardrop reacted, knocked in the rebound whilst our defenders watched.

OFW looked as if he had pulled his groin or his knee and he never took any further kicks and threw the ball out if necessitated. I suspect that he will be missing in action for a few weeks. And why oh feckin why did Robbo appear to leave the playmaker role to Donaldson? Why didn’t Vigurs drop back? Is Gary Warren collecting yellow cards? Hope I get him in Top Trumps. If he dived then that was ridiculous. I thought that he was practically in with a chance of a goal. Judging by his muted reaction he was guilty. That all happened in the 79th minute and Robbo had not even appeared to have considered a substitution at that stage. How Oakley stayed on after the hour stupefies me.

And then to add insult to injury the decision is made to hook Tremarco and take on Mulraney. A certain poster on here gave Mulraney some gentle stick and his reaction almost led me to go on the park and give him a slap. He clearly does not want to be here. Tremarco himself also looked bemused as he trooped off. And then we leave it to the 87th minute to bring on Baird for Oakley. And we keep on hoofing to the skyscraper front three of Bell, Baird and Mulraney !!

And remember the name Colin Steven. Another in a long list of embarrassing, amateur referees. He lost control and came up with a bevvy of ridiculous decisions – albeit both ways.

And then it was back to the Stags Head, on to the Uber, on to the Underground, on to Central Station and home to Chorley. Travel cost me around £75 and I will NOT be spending that type of amount to watch absolute dross. I have booked for Livi and Dumfries. I am going there for the pre-match and post-match activities and I will not be considering any other games unless the team show a distinct improvement or even if they showed some enthusiasm and fight. Those two ingredients are sadly lacking.

Match report written by IHE



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 7 5 1 1 21 6 15 16
2. Dundee Utd 7 4 2 1 7 6 1 14
3. St. Mirren 6 4 0 2 14 11 3 12
4. Livingston 7 3 3 1 12 9 3 12
5. Queen of the South 6 3 1 2 13 8 5 10
6. Dumbarton 7 2 3 2 6 9 -3 9
7. Inverness CT 7 1 1 5 10 16 -6 4
8. Falkirk 7 0 3 4 5 14 -9 3
9. Brechin City 7 0 2 5 5 17 -12 2