Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Alloa Ath (1) v Dumbarton (1)

Sunday 1st May 2016, Kick Off 12.30pm

Ladbrokes Championship

AND so it all ends, with Dumbarton playing out a low-key, end-of-season affair with Alloa Athletic with limited drama.


When the fixtures came out back in June, this was touted as a potential crunch for both. Possibly even a last-day decider.

They were the two part-time teams who were many people's tips to be battling against the drop from the Championship.

But while their opponents have unfortunately lost that battle, Sons could afford to relax, knowing that they'll be in next season's second tier.

In the end they settled for a share of the spoils. The last time Donald McCallum played against Alloa it took him 19 seconds to make an impact. This time, he needed six minutes.

That was how long after the restart he levelled, with Isaac Layne having opened the scoring for the hosts early doors.

Chances came and went for both sides, for whom many players may have been playing their final fixture in the jersey.

But for Dumbarton, the game was a final chance to celebrate what has been a successful season, which sees them finish six points clear of Livingston - and only the same number short of fifth place.

Just as at Easter Road on Tuesday, they were behind early on. After seven minutes a midfield tussle saw the ball break in Alloa's favour.

The ball was played into the area and Layne was able to turn and finish.

Two minutes later a Michael Duffy free kick struck the bar, while Mitch Megginson saw off defensive challenges only to be denied at close range by Jamie Ewings.

Sons did get a grip after that, with Tom Walsh slicing wide from Kevin Cawley's assist, but Layne could have doubled his and Alloa's tally eight minutes from half time.

A counter attack ended with him going for goal, but after the faintest touch from Ewings, the low shot struck the post.

Steven Saunders almost equalised four minutes from half time, but his shot was blocked by the keeper at close range.

Instead, with Dumbarton having survived a Douglas Hill header early in the second half, the honour of scoring the season's final goal fell to McCallum.

After Calum Waters took a fourth consecutive corner, the ball broke for the youngster to crash home.

Soon after, Hill headed off the line from Cawley, while Ewings again kept Layne out at close range.

Paul Heffernan and Darren Barr had chances in the season's dying minutes, but neither hit the target, while the same happened to Duffy for the home side.

In the final four minutes substitute Scott Hynd had two great chances for Alloa, but both of his headers were off target.

This was a relaxing afternoon. But soon there'll be a time when the high-octane, high-pressure business resumes.

It's called the 2016/17 Championship. And it's only 14 weeks away.

Alloa Athletic: Gallacher; McAusland, Hill, Hamilton, Duffy, Holmes, Caddis (R Crawford 73), Flannigan, Layne (McManus 65), Hetherington, Megginson (Hynd 78). Subs: D Crawford; Ferns, Finnie, Wilson. Booked: Hamilton.

Dumbarton: Ewings; Taggart, Saunders, Buchanan, Cawley (Heh 75), Fleming (McCallum 46), Barr, Waters, Lindsay, Heffernan, Walsh (Docherty 67). Subs: Brown; Gallagher, Routledge, Wright. Booked: Barr, Waters.

Referee: Barry Cook.

Crowd: 515.

Andy Galloway