Sunday 19th September 2021
THE focus might be on the two goals that won Dumbarton the game at Falkirk.
But Ryan McGeever knows there was more to it than that.
The moments that won the game were from the boots of Kalvin Orsi and Callum Wilson, but the defensive effort at the Falkirk Stadium was just as important to Sons’ 2-1 victory.
And afterwards, Ryan could enjoy the glory of victory over his former club. He was a Bairns player, albeit on loan to Peterhead, when Sons last won at the Falkirk Stadium in October 2013.
He highlighted the contribution of all three of his defensive colleagues to a fine victory which put Dumbarton joint top of League One, only behind Queen’s Park on goal difference.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Ryan said: “It’s always nice. A few of the boys played here and felt they had a point to prove, but it’s good to get any win really.
“It was a really tough game, but I thought Gregor Buchanan was absolutely excellent. Paddy Boyle as well – you’ve seen in the past couple of games what he brings to the team now that he’s back from injury.
“Edin Lynch as well on the other side. He’s a real threat going up and down the line. Some of us call him ‘Seabiscuit’ as he runs like a big horse. It’s all been good for us today and we’re happy with the three points.
“There’s a good spirit around the squad right now – we’ve come closer together as the weeks have gone on. We had a night out last weekend and that’s helped us.
“It’s a good bunch and you can see the difference from last season, when we were hard to beat but not a huge threat going forward. We’ve got that this season.
“There’s definitely more to come. Over the past couple of weeks you’ve seen a different side to us.
“We’ve kept the ball really well in those games and we’ve been really difficult to play against. We’ve taken our chances as well.”
Ryan shadows a Falkirk attacker during yesterday’s match. Copyright Andy Scott Photos 2021.
Having contributed his fair share of goals from centre half in his previous two seasons with the club, Ryan is now facing competition for chief goalscorer in the defence from Buchanan.
But he’s not hugely concerned, as long as Dumbarton are winning. And he hopes that it can be four in a row when Alloa Athletic visit the Moreroom.com Stadium next Saturday.
He added: “If Buchy had scored again I’d have been the first one over to congratulate him. We’re a threat from set pieces and I’ve had a couple last few years, so it’s nice to have him chipping in.
“If he’s the top scorer and I’m one behind, that’ll do for me.
“We want the same again against Alloa. They are a good team and will come looking to win the game themselves.
“But we are in good form ourselves, and we’ll be up for it.”