Bairns battle back to salvage a point against The Sons

Declan McManus scored an injury-time equaliser yesterday afternoon to salvage a point against Dumbarton.

The Sons took the lead midway through the first-half when former Falkirk man Joe McKee burst down the right wing and saw his low drive across the face of goal turned home by Isacc Layne.

Jim Duffy’s men were comfortable and looked set to pick up their first win in three, but The Bairns were awarded a last-gasp penalty when David McMillan’s powerful volley was blocked by Kyle Hutton, and referee Barry Cook pointed to the spot for handball.

Match Report

It was a slow and scrappy game with the first real chance not arriving until the 10th minute, when Louis Longridge saw his effort palmed away by Connor Brennan, before the ball was worked out to Gregor Buchanan and his curling effort went inches wide of the post.

The game was feisty with many poorly timed challenges in the early exchanges and it all kicked off on the 15th minute. After a throw-in being awarded intially, PJ Crossan and Michael Doyle clashed after a strong challenge by the former.

The clash sparked some life into the game and not long after The Sons broke the deadlock when McKee beat Paul Dixon to the by-line and his cross was slammed home by The Sons top goalscorer Isaac Layne.

Doyle should have seen a second yellow minutes before the break as he made a cynical challenge by bringing down Adam Frizzel just outside the box, and to the frustration of the home crowd, it was only a free-kick awarded.

As Barry Cook blew the half-time whistle you could hear the loud jeers coming from the away end, with a bunch of angry Falkirk fans actually trying to get down the beside the tunnel to hurl abuse at manager Ray McKinnon. Fans then started showing their frustrations towards the directors box.

As the second half got underway the visitors upped their game and controlled possession, but were still struggling to test Brennan in the Dumbarton goal.

McKinnon took a gamble by throwing on both David McMillan and Connor Sammon as they went in pursuit of an equaliser and it paid off in the dying moments of the game when a huge scramble in the box saw Dumbarton eventually clear their lines, but the ball fell to substiute McMilllan and his volley hit the hand of Kyle Hutton.

Declan McManus was handed the ball and he made no mistake from 12 yards as he put his penalty straight down the middle.

There was hardly any celebrations from the away end after equalising, but instead they kept singing about wanting the board to go. That itself shows you how bad of a way that the Bairns are in at the moment.

Full Time- Dumbarton 1-1 Falkirk

Jim Duffy- ” “It doesn’t feel like a defeat because the difference between the corresponding fixture is night-and-day, I’m bitterly disappointed at losing such a late goal to a contentious decision, but at the end of the day the referee saw it to give the penalty”

Ray McKinnon- “The late goal is a consolation, but we really wanted the three points. I am really disappointed with the result and performance today”

My Opinion- The game yesterday was really poor and barely had any chances. I was aware coming into the game that its been a poor season for Falkirk, but I didn’t expect it to be as bad it was. They were absolutely appalling and I’m not surprised the fans want changes. Since full-time, both McKinnon and Darren Taylor have left the club and the club are now looking for a new manager.


Dumbarton XI

Brennan, Tumilty, McGeever, Neill, Quitongo(57), McKee(31), Hutton, Carswell, Layne, Crossan(90), Frizzell

Subs- Pettigrew, Lanigan(31), McMillan(57), Shiels, McCluskey(90), Tierney, Zata


Falkirk XI

Mutch, Doyle, Durnan, Buchanan, Dixon, Longridge(63), Connolly(76), Gomis, Telfer(63), Miller, McManus

Subs- Moore, Bell, Toshney, McShane, MacLean(63), McMillan(63), Sammon(76)







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