Dumbarton 0 - 0 Greenock Morton 

(Lost 4 - 3 on pens.)
Challenge Cup - 1st Round
Sunday, July 25th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Attendance: 1,301
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton, Jul 25th 2010, Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton  Greenock Morton

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Chapman Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Allan McManus
Martin McNiff
Paul Nugent
Ben Gordon
Derek Carcary
Scott Chaplain
Ryan McStay
Andy Geggan
Graham Wilson
Ross Campbell
Colin Stewart
David MacGregor
Marc Smyth
Grant Evans
Graeme Holmes
Kevin McKinlay
Allan Jenkins
Carrol Monti
Michael Tidser
Stewart Kean
Peter Weatherson

Michael White
Iain Chisholm
Alan Cook
Paul Maxwell
Kieran Brannan
Kevin Cuthbert
Nathan Shepard
Kevin Kelbie
David O'Brien
Fouad Bachirou

Kieran Brannan for Ross Campbell (85)
Paul Maxwell for Scott Chaplain (97)
Alan Cook for Derek Carcary (101)
David O'Brien for Carrol Monti (68)
Fouad Bachirou for Allan Jenkins (83)
Kevin Kelbie for Peter Weatherson (83)

Paul Nugent (94)
Ryan McStay (101)
Ben Gordon (107)
Michael Tidser (30)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 191 apps -
Allan McManus 1 app (debut) -
Martin McNiff 19 apps -
Paul Nugent 1 app (debut) -
Ben Gordon 81 apps7 goals
Derek Carcary 73 apps19 goals
Scott Chaplain 39 apps9 goals
Ryan McStay 39 apps1 goal
Andy Geggan 130 apps5 goals
Graham Wilson 1 app (debut) -
Ross Campbell 1 app (debut) -
Alan Cook (sub) 11 apps3 goals
Kieran Brannan (sub) 27 apps1 goal
Paul Maxwell (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Campbell (12 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Wilson (40 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 232 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Campbell (12 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Maxwell (40 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 206 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Allan McManus(Signed )
Graham Wilson(Signed )
Paul Nugent(Signed )
Ross Campbell(Signed )
Paul Maxwell(Signed )


DUMBARTON exited the ALBA Challenge Cup at the first hurdle - but pushed First Division Morton all the way to penalties.

This was a game that had everything except goals, as the teams forced several chances, but came up against two in-form keepers.

Sons' Stephen Grindlay produced some magnificent saves, while opposite number Colin Stewart was also on form when needed.

In the end, though, Stewart's save from Ryan McStay won the shoot-out for Morton and sent them through to round two.

The visitors were quickest to get started, as Stewart Kean, Allan Jenkins and Peter Weatherson all forced saves from Grindlay.

Allan McManus - playing against the club that dismissed him as joint manager at the end of last season - also made a block to stop Kean at close range.

Sons then found their stride and Ross Campbell played in Scott Chaplain, but the midfielder's effort was stopped by Stewart.

A Graham Wilson corner was also bending towards goal until the keeper turned it over the bar just in time.

On 27 minutes came an oustanding save from Grindlay, turning away Kean's shot at close range.

In the second half, an Andy Geggan shot from distance was saved, while a Michael Tidser effort went close for Morton.

Ross Campbell was next to test Stewart, while at the other end, Grindlay again denied Kean with another exceptional save from a header.

With two minutes remaining a Graeme Holmes cross fell to Kean two yards out, but he sliced wide.

Holmes again set Kean up in the first period of extra time, but Grindlay again was on form.

Each side had chances during the second extra spell, but the best of them fell to Dumbarton at the death.

Ben Gordon's free kick found Paul Maxwell's head, and his effort was netbound only for Stewart to turn it over.

It was then on to penalties, and the shoot-out started badly for Sons when Campbell's shot hit the bar.

The next seven penalties were all scored, with Holmes, Tidser, David O'Brien and Kevin Kelbie finding the net for Morton to be countered by Alan Cook, Martin McNiff and Geggan.

Then Stewart saved from McStay to seal the second round place for Morton at the end of a match neither side deserved to lose.


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