Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Stranraer (0) v Dumbarton (3)

Saturday 16th February 2019, Kick Off

League One

YOU'VE done something once in nearly 28 years. You might as well do it again in style.

It would be fair to say that Stranraer's Stair Park has not been Dumbarton's favourite away trip over the years.

Since winning 2-1 there in February 2003, eight consecutive trips the length of the A77 had resulted in defeat prior to this game.

Which made it all the more pleasing that goals by Ross Forbes, Dom Thomas and Ross Perry ended that run. They also finished the wait for the first win of 2019 against a 10-man home side who had Andy McDonald sent off for two bookings.

All were scored in the second half. In truth, Dumbarton were so far on top of this game that there could have been no complaints had they been scored in the first.

Three matches unbeaten with a haul of five points and six goals may not exactly be world-beating but Sons may just be finding their stride.

After an early effort by Calum Gallagher was turned away by the keeper, midway through the first half, Forbes looked as if he had opened the scoring.

His effort from the corner of the area hit the upright, with any at best hopeful appeals that it crossed the line quelled by the non-movement of the assistant referee.

Was that the moment that defined this as another afternoon where Dumbarton dominated without reward?

A fierce Joao Vitoria shot was then straight at Grant Adam before Thomas forced a save out of the home keeper.

It was felt by several onlookers that Sons should be ahead in this game - and on 52 minutes, what a goal to finally put them there.

After neat passes by Bobby Barr and Calum Gallagher, Thomas played the ball up for Forbes to thrash home.

On another day, that lead could have been lost just after the hour mark. A slip at the back allowed Kyle Turner in, but he blasted over.

After Gallagher saw another effort saved, a further advantage was then gained as McDonald picked up two bookings for pulls on Thomas' jersey within three minutes.

And with 12 minutes left, it was done and dusted as Thomas' low shot rolled under the keeper and in, barely with any spin as it found the net.

Five minutes after that came the third goal, as Ryan Thomson put a corner across goal, and in the ensuing scramble, Perry finished it off.

A couple of other chances could have resulted in a fourth, but with the way Stair Park has become a graveyard over the years, any margin of victory was welcome.

Lift-off?

Stranraer: Currie; McDonald, Brownlie, McManus, Turner, Vitoria (Elliott 61), Anderson, Smith (Lamont 71), Cameron, Crossan (O'Keefe 61), Hamill. Subs: Avci; McCann. Booked: McManus. Booked and sent off: McDonald.

Dumbarton: Adam; Ballantyne, Perry, Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher (Melingui 83), Forbes, R Barr, Ferguson (Thomson 76), Van Schaik, Thomas. Subs: Brennan; Paton, Armour.

Referee: Grant Irvine.

Andy Galloway