Sunday 11th November 2018
IN relative terms, Dom Thomas’ senior career hasn’t been a long one. It started in December 2014, two months shy of his 19th birthday.
But even the shortest time in football has to have its highest point. And for the now 22-year-old, the 56th minute of Dumbarton’s game with Stenhousemuir on Saturday might have been it.
However many touches of the ball to control it, one look up, one swing of his boot, 25 yards. The numbers all add up to one outstanding goal by the Kilmarnock loanee which gave Sons a priceless 2-1 win against the Warriors.
He’s now scored as many goals for Dumbarton – three – as he did against them for Queen of the South. The ones in white, black and gold have all been scored in only five games.
It has been a whirlwind start for the forward, who played one game under the previous managerial regime – and scored in it, away to Stranraer – before the gaffer’s office changed hands.
And under its new occupant Jim Duffy, Dom’s time with Dumbarton has really taken off.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Dom said: “It was a great goal and a good game to win. The boys worked really hard and we deserved to get the three points.
“It was disappointing when we lost the goal but we proved we are good enough and hopefully that sets us up well for the games going forward.
“I had a feeling my shot would hit the net. I took a good touch and everything opened up in front of me. I have confidence in my ability.
“I watched it go in and you could see it moving a bit. I’m just glad it hit the top corner.
“Things changed just after I came to the club but that’s football. You’ve just got to deal with it.
“I’m thankful to Stevie Aitken and Ian Durrant for bringing me to the club. I enjoyed working with them for the time we were here together. But I’m enjoying working with Jim as well.”
Dom is with Sons until January as it stands, but his part in the last two victories have had people wondering if he’ll be with the club for longer.
The rulebook certainly gives Dumbarton a favourable chance of that.
Dom added: “I’ve played for two clubs this season so can’t play for a third. We’ll assess how things are going in January and see where I am.
“If Kilmarnock want me to go back there and play, that’s what I’ll do, but they might want to extend my time here. We’ll see.
“We now go to Forfar next week. It was good to win today and we’ll aim to get another next week.
“They’re all tough places to go in this league, but we want another three points.”