Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (4) v Brechin City (1)

Saturday 1st December 2018, Kick Off 3pm

League One

THERE used to be a time - in fairly recent history - when Dumbarton's Christmas party matchday tended not to go very well.

If this is how it goes now, perhaps trips to Dublin should take place every week.

Sons jetted off to Ireland on the same plane as a Brechin side who in all probability, were grateful that they ran in only four goals.

Calum Gallagher started and finished the scoring, on 51 and 82 minutes. Ross Forbes on 53, and Dom Thomas on 68, chipped in another two goals.

All that could take away from it was a deflected consolation goal by Brechin's Jordan Sinclair with 20 minutes left. Another goal by Sons was needed to relieve any nerves, and Gallagher's second did that.

They were absolutely dominant and earned their festive Guinnesses.

Dumbarton have already found one positive habit under Jim Duffy's regime, winning all three home fixtures, two of them in real style.

But matches in your own backyard only make up half the story. After another fixture there against Airdrieonians next weekend, Sons must take the home form on the road if pre-season targets are still to have a chance of being met.

In those three home games, they have also scored as many goals at home in the league as they had in all of 2018 up to October 26, the day before playing East Fife.

Low shot by Forbes and Kyle Hutton, from similar positions, were saved, before Gallagher's volley was deflected just past. From the resulting corner Forbes put a low ball across goal without a touch.

Thomas then had a shot turned wide before he found space in the area with the goal gaping - only to fire past.

All Brechin had mustered in that time was a Calum Tapping shot which rolled just past. Dumbarton could have been out of sight by that point - and we all know what a risk is run when chances aren't put away.

Fortunately, that risk was alleviated six minutes into the second half. It was initially Thomas who went for goal, but Gallagher got a toe to his shot and diverted it home.

Then two minutes later, Forbes stepped up to thrash in a 25-yard free kick. Now things were motoring.

After a further two minutes it could have been three, but Michael Paton fired over.

Thomas was clearly anxious for a goal and after having two efforts saved, finally got what he wanted on 68 minutes.

He twisted and turned inside the area and made himself the space to apply a vicious low finish.

The three-goal cushion, though, was reset to two within a couple of minutes as Sinclair's deflected effort looped over Jamie McGowan and in.

For a while it was all about not conceding another, a task Sons managed perfectly capably, before it was all rounded off with eight minutes left.

Just as it started, Thomas assisted - this time with a low ball across goal after skinning the visiting full back - and Gallagher finished, this time from somewhat closer range.

All that was left to worry Dumbarton was getting to the airport on time.

Dumbarton: McGowan; Ballantyne, Dyer, Dowie, Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher, Forbes, R Barr, Paton (Spencer 84), Thomas. Subs: Trialist; Allardice.

Brechin City: Brennan; Burns, Hill, Spark, Orsi, C Tapping, Jackson, Sinclair, Lynas, Smith, Melingui. Subs: O'Neill; Morena, J Tapping, Blues. Booked: Lynas, Jackson.

Referee: Craig Napier.

Andy Galloway