Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Stirling Albion (6) v Dumbarton (0)

Saturday 8th October 2022, Kick Off 3pm

cinch League Two

FIRST the good news. Despite it all, after 10 rounds of fixtures Dumbarton remain top of cinch League Two.

It is by eight points fewer than it was a fortnight ago, but their name remains at the summit.

There is, though, not much you can add to the scoreline from this game.

Except maybe that sometimes it is funny how what goes around comes around. Just over a year ago, Sons won 5-0 against an East Fife side managed by Darren Young, with all the goals coming from set pieces.

Fast forward nearly 13 months and Young was the one on the celebratory end of a hefty victory which saw goals scored from set pieces.

Robert Thomson in 11 minutes, Paul McLean in 13, Dale Carrick in 22, and Ross McGeachie in 42, saw a dominant Stirling side head indoors at the interval with a 4-0 lead which really did not flatter them.

A double by Kyle Banner in the second half saw the Binos move to within two points of Sons.

The first 10 minutes were actually reasonably promising and evenly contested. Michael Garrity, making his starting debut, made a fine run into the area for the ball to break to Ryan Wallace, but the finish was wayward.

After that, things started to go downhill at a rate of knots.

On 11 minutes a clearance was missed and Thomson spun to fire home from the edge of the box.

No sooner had that blow been processed than Stirling forced a corner - the first of four from which they would score, McLean glancing home a header.

Midway through the first half it was 3-0 when a low ball was sent in from Stirling's left, and with the visiting defence posted missing, Carrick was all alone to tap home.

Although Stirling remained totally on top, it looked as if the rest of the first half might be navigated with no further goals.

But with three minutes left of it, McGeachie cashed in on several failures by Sons to clear their lines from a corner and made it 4-0.

It was 5-0 on 64 minutes when Banner was given a free header from a corner to make it a hat-trick of concessions from such set pieces.

However, there was to be one more, when Banner, this time with a shot, converted after Dumbarton yet again failed to clear.

While the league table remains made up as they want it to be, it is something of an understatement to say Sons have had better days.

Stirling Albion: Currie; McGeachie, C Clark, McLean, McGregor, Carrick (Burns 74), Leitch (Denholm 54), Banner (Davidson 74), Moore (Dunsmore 63), Fotheringham, Thomson (H Clark 46). Subs: Law; Cummins.

Dumbarton: Long; Buchanan, Carswell, Garrity (Love 46), MacLean, Lynas, Byrne (Gemmell 46), Gray (McKee 62), Blair, McNiff, Wallace (Orsi 46). Subs: Broun; McGeever, Wylde, D Wilson. Booked: Carswell.

Referee: Barry Cook.