Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Raith Rovers (1) v Dumbarton (0)

Saturday 26th September 2015, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

THE fairest possible outcome for this game would be that both sides took a 0-0 draw and we all went home.

But football doesn't always deal in fair results.

Or maybe it did here. Raith Rovers put the ball in the net once, through Lewis Toshney's close range finish on 56 minutes. Dumbarton didn't.

This certainly isn't a game they'll be talking about for years to come at Dumbarton. In fact, despite their victory, Raith probably won't be either.

Scrappy, dull and lifeless for long spells, this was hardly a glowing advert for Ladbrokes SPFL Championship football.

However, the reason for Sons' defeat was obvious to everybody at Stark's Park. The blank scoresheet was not entirely down to misfiring strikers.

The visitors struggled to create chances for much of the afternoon, with only a brief early second half spell showing much promise.

Defensively they were reasonably solid and the physical side of midfield won more battles than it lost. But the lack of goals continues to be a concern.

The start they made was fairly positive, with Eamonn Brophy seeing off a challenge to go for goal on 11 minutes, but his shot went across goal and wide.

The first half then simply meandered along until 10 minutes from the interval, when Mark Stewart's low shot for the home side rolled straight through to Mark Brown.

The striker then had an even clearer chance five minutes from half time, with almost the entire goal to aim at from a loose ball.

However, an excellent challenge from Frazer Wright, restored in place of the suspended Gregor Buchanan, kept him out.

Eight minutes after the restart Garry Fleming's cross found Kevin Cawley at the back post, but his header was just over.

And just three minutes later that missed opportunity was regretted when a free kick was fired into the Sons area.

The ball was headed back across goal, and Toshney was left with a simple headed finish.

Just short of the hour mark Cawley again went close, with his six-yard effort deflected clear by a defender.

And then everybody sat and waited again. Waited for some sort of clearcut chance at either end. There was little sign of one.

With 11 minutes remaining Brown did well to save Jon Daly's overhead kick.

His opposite number, Kevin Cuthbert, saw hardly any serious action as his team-mates saw the game out.

Raith Rovers: Cuthbert; Thomson, Toshney, Benedictus, Anderson (Megginson 62), McCord (Matthews 46), Stewart, Daly, Wighton (Petrie 77), McKeown, Craigen. Subs: Laidlaw; Ellis, Campbell, Mackie. Booked: Benedictus, Cuthbert, Matthews, McKeown.

Dumbarton: M Brown; Docherty, Cawley, Gallagher, Fleming (Ross 77), Gibson (Kirkpatrick 77), Barr, Routledge, S Brown, Wright, Brophy (McCallum 85). Subs: Ewings; Waters, Hopkins. Booked: Barr.

Referee: Barry Cook.

Crowd: 1,440.

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Andy Galloway