Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Airdrieonians (2) v Dumbarton (2)

Saturday 2nd February 2019, Kick Off

League One

BE honest - was it ever going to be anybody else who decided the outcome of this game?

Forty-eight hours before it, Dom Thomas' return to Dumbarton had many people in a frenzy. Sons had their talisman for the rest of the season.

And even as the minutes were running out, with Dumbarton 2-1 behind, it was hard not to feel he still had something to contribute.

With five minutes left, he duly did, running on to Ben Armour's flicked header and applying an angled finish.

It would be a lie to say that this was the result Sons were targeting ahead of facing Airdrieonians in a game which only went ahead after two pitch inspections.

But trailing as they were before Thomas' late intervention, with Bobby Barr's fine finish only consolation to goals by Darryl Duffy and Leighton McIntosh, it was acceptable.

It wasn't enough to get them out of the bottom two, though, and having played more games than any of the other lowest four clubs in League One, they are under threat.

After a free Saturday this week, the subsequent trip to Stranraer could be huge.

They were on level terms for barely the first 60 seconds of this game, and that damage was done by a player called Duffy.

After Grant Adam could only parry McIntosh's shot into the goal area, the Airdrie striker was not going to miss from six yards.

Adam then prevented a second for the home side, doing well to save with his legs from Declan Glass.

Dumbarton were struggling, but Thomas got a shot on target before Henk Van Schaik headed a corner wide. Another Thomas shot forced a save from the keeper just before the interval.

Then, five minutes after the restart, a great piece of skill brought them level. After Barr was found out wide, he bent the corner into the net from the edge of the area.

Control had been gained without really threatening the opposition keeper. That made what happened next slightly predictable.

Out of nothing, Airdrie regained the lead on 64 minutes when McIntosh latched on to a through ball and finished from a narrow angle.

Adam then made a great save from Glass, with Sons once again coming under fire, before a response was delivered.

Michael Paton was denied by a great save from the home keeper, who turned his effort over the bar - for a goal kick.

A goal was looking as tough to achieve as ever, but once Armour found Thomas with the header, he ran in and did the rest.

Indeed, one point could have been three, but neither Boris Melingui or Ryan Thomson could hit the target.

The anoraks had one stat to come away with. If the teams draw again at the C&G Systems Stadium on Saturday, March 16, it will be the first time under the 24-year-old current league format that Dumbarton have drawn all four league games in a season against any team.

Better still - if Sons win it, they'll help themselves get away from their current position.

Airdrieonians: Hutton; O'Neill, MacDonald (Robertson 65), Crighton, Millar, Gallagher, Stewart, Conroy (Edwards 83), Duffy (Wilkie 78), Glass, McIntosh. Subs: McKenzie; Carrick, Campbell, Page.

Dumbarton: Adam; Ballantyne, Carswell (Perry 50), Melingui, Hutton (Armour 75), Forbes, R Barr, Ferguson, Paton (Thomson 85), Van Schaik, Thomas. Subs: Brennan; Gallagher, C Barr. Booked: Carswell, Hutton, Adam.

Referee: John McKendrick.

Andy Galloway