Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Stenhousemuir (2) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 29th December 2018, Kick Off

League One

FOUR goals scored by players wearing Stenhousemuir jerseys wasn't quite how Dumbarton envisaged finishing 2018.

In the end, it wasn't the worst outcome as a challenging year for the club came to a close.

On a day when Sons lined up in their hosts' Argentina-style away kit, they were dug out of a hole by goals which would befit the South Americans.

Twice Ross Forbes was given the opportunity to score with a 25-yard free kick - and twice he delivered.

Those cancelled out goals for the Warriors by Harry Paton and Mark McGuigan, in the early stages of each half.

Those looked like being enough to win it for Stenny before Connor McBrearty's afternoon ended slightly early for a second booking after he fouled Bobby Barr on the edge of the area, allowing Forbes to do the needful again.

Recent results have hardly been world-beating but that is now twice in four games that Dumbarton have battled to the end of fixtures which looked to be slipping away from them to claim a point.

They could only finish the calendar year bottom of League One if they lost this game heavily, but they made an ominous start in that respect.

After eight minutes, Paton broke through on goal and with the defence backing off, he fired home a low shot from the edge of the area.

Chris Smith saved well from Bobby Vaughan soon after that, but this game was not proving to be a late entry to the 2018 hall of fame.

Sons were working hard, but not looking much like finishing anything off. That was until they won a free kick right on the whistle.

Forbes stepped up, and with one touch of the ball, Dumbarton were heading in at half time level.

The second half made a more positive start, with Stuart Carswell heading a corner wide at the back post.

But another Sons corner then brought a goal - for Stenny. They broke quickly upfield from the set piece and McGuigan finished from close range.

Several corners were forced by Dumbarton in the second half, but again a finish was badly lacking.

Fortunately they had Forbes to rescue them again in the 90th minute after McBrearty's second caution which saw him sent packing. Soon after, courtesy of another Forbes set piece, his remaining team-mates saw two points disappear as well - and Dumbarton saw one gained.

Stenhousemuir: Smith; Reid, Donaldson, Neill, Ferry, McGuigan (O'Hara 85), Cook, Ross, Vaughan (Duthie 60), McBrearty, Paton. Subs: McMinn; Tena, Halleran, McMenamin. Booked: Reid. Booked and sent off: McBrearty.

Dumbarton: Smith; Ballantyne, Dyer (Spencer 87), Dowie, Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher (Paton 86), Forbes, R Barr, Allardice (Thomson 68), Thomas. Sub: McGowan.

Referee: Mike Roncone.

Andy Galloway