Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (3) v Airdrieonians (3)

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Kick Off 7.45pm

League One

JUST weeks before Ian Murray became Dumbarton manager, there was an infamous game at home to Airdrieonians.

Sons were in total control against the Diamonds, leading 3-2 going into the final minutes of the encounter in October 2012. They lost 4-3.

With Murray in the opposition dugout, here we were again, a goal away from history repeating itself. Would it have done so positively or negatively?

In the end, we'll never know. We also won't know for another month how priceless the rescued point could be for Dumbarton.

They led through Dom Thomas, but goals by Scott Stewart and Darryl Duffy had Airdrie ahead at half time. Even after Calum Gallagher equalised, Stewart's second of the game had them on the canvas again.

But with eight minutes remaining, Ross Forbes scored the sixth and final goal of the evening for a result which kept the anoraks happy if nothing else.

For the first time since the old SFL introduced the current four games a season format in 1994, Dumbarton have drawn all four league games against the same club.

It was a well-salvaged point after a first half still containing remnants of Saturday's home defeat by Stenhousemuir made way for a second half of dig and guts.

But this report contains details of five chances for Airdrie, three of them resulting in goals. Dumbarton needed far more opportunities to find the net three times.

Whatever that tells you about what area of the pitch made the difference, it is food for thought ahead of a game against Brechin City on Saturday which must be won to afford some breathing space in the season's remaining games.

Forbes' 20-yard shot, which went wide, was about all there was in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Fortunately, the 21st minute contained a bit more.

How Thomas' low shot from the corner of the area found the net was a mystery to a lot of people. The fact was that it did, and Sons led.

At least they did for six minutes. After an Airdrie throw-in was flicked on, Stewart headed home at the near post.

And incredibly, four minutes later, a game which had started comfortably now saw Dumbarton behind. After the visitors got up the field, Leighton McIntosh played the ball across goal, where Duffy could not really miss from six yards.

McIntosh arguably should have made it 3-1 right on half time, meeting a low ball at the front post but shooting wide.

Instead there was one goal in it at the start of the second half, and Dumbarton began with intent. Forbes, then Bobby Barr, and then Forbes again, were close to scoring in the first 15 minutes of the half, but close wasn't close enough.

Then Stewart got in on goal at a narrow angle, but Grant Adam did well to block.

Gallagher then saw a narrow angled shot on the turn deflected wide, but had better luck with 15 minutes to go.

A free kick by Forbes was headed back across goal by Boris Melingui, and Gallagher was there to put away his third goal in four games.

Three minutes later, Forbes' shot from distance was beaten down by the keeper and cleared. It was all pointing towards a Dumbarton winner - which made what happen next seem inevitable.

With 10 minutes left, a Sons corner resulted in an Airdrie counter attack, which Stewart finished with a low, angled shot.

Fortunately, two minutes later, Forbes seemed to be trying to set up Gallagher from the corner of the area. Instead he had gone for goal himself, and found the far corner.

Iain Russell then tried a chip with four minutes left, but the keeper saved, with Melingui closing in to finish it off.

And then with a minute remaining, Thomas went for goal with a low shot, but it was just the wrong side of the post.

Brechin's defeat to Montrose cushioned the blow of two missing points. Now, with City visiting G82 on Saturday, Dumbarton know what needs doing if the ending to this season is to be an easier one.

Dumbarton: Adam; Ballantyne, McLean, Carswell, Hutton, Gallagher (Russell 84), Forbes, R Barr, Ferguson (Melingui 72), Thomas, C Barr. Subs: Armour, Thomson. Booked: McLean.

Airdrieonians: Hutton; Robertson, O'Neill, Crighton, Millar, Campbell, Stewart, Edwards, Duffy (Conroy 81), Wilkie (Glass 88), L McIntosh. Subs: McKenzie; Cairns, S McIntosh, Page, Houston. Booked: O'Neill, Stewart, Campbell.

Referee: Lloyd Wilson.

Andy Galloway