By Blair McNally
Experience and quality proved vital in Dumbarton as Falkirk cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over the Sons to top League One.
With the chance to reach the league’s top spot, Falkirk came into this game strong favourites after a 4-0 win at the C&G systems Stadium just two weeks ago.
Falkirk had the first important chance of the game in the 12th minute. A blocked Connor Sammon strike looped up and over the Sons defence, falling to fans favourite Blair Alston in the process. However, Alston failed to remain calm and hit the side-netting with his free shot.
The first goal of the match came in the 16th minute from an in-form Callumn Morrison. Alston’s corner was returned to him on the edge of the box, the playmaker proceeding to whip an excellent ball into the back post for a free Morrison to side-foot volley into an empty net.
Alston got a well-deserved goal in the 33rd minute in spectacular fashion A looping free-kick from all of 30 yards gave Maciej Dabrowski no chance as it flew over the keeper into the top left corner in what could be described as a goal of the season contender.
Dumbarton’s first clear cut chance of the match came soon after the break. Substitute PJ Crossan produced an excellent bit of hold up play before placing a through ball into the path of Denny Johnstone who struck low in at the near post but was denied by an excellent PJ Morrison save.
Jamie Wilson then missed a glorious chance to put the Sons back in with a chance, heading wide from six yards, and was punished just seconds later as an excellent through ball found Aidan Connolly advancing on goal, leaving him to round the keeper and slot home to finish the game off.
Just before the full-time whistle, Johnstone found himself through on goal in the same position as before, again denied by an outstanding save by Morrison, this time down to his left. On a good night for the Bairns, here are three things we learned.
Falkirk in good stead
The Premiership quality in the Falkirk ranks is evident with former Dundee United stars Morgaro Gomis and Paul Dixon plying their trades alongside experienced striker Sammon.
This wasn’t even one of Falkirk’s finest performances, which is impressive given the scoreline, as they failed to hold onto the ball. Possession doesn’t win games and the difference was they were able to take their chances, which could prove vital in the title race this season.
With the likes of Nat Wedderburn, Stuart Carswell and Adam Frizzell, all vastly experienced in Scotland’s top leagues, Dumbarton certainly have the quality to challenge for a play-off spot this season.
Despite the scoreline, Dumbarton dominated the ball for large parts of the game against a top half, Championship-quality side.
Bairns in a strong position
With League One title contenders Partick Thistle having two wins out of five and a victory over strong rivals Cove Rangers on Saturday, Falkirk look to be in with a good shout for promotion this season after going top.
As the games come thick and fast, Bairns don’t look like losing any time soon after going unbeaten against their main competitors and delivering comfortable performances against the lesser teams.