Greenock Morton 3 - 0 Dumbarton

League - First Division
Saturday, September 1st, 2012, 3:00 PM at Cappielow
Attendance: 1,602
Referee: Bobby Madden
Greenock Morton v Dumbarton, Sep 1st 2012, Cappielow
Greenock Morton Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Archie Campbell (43)
Archie Campbell (54)
Archie Campbell (76)
None.

Team Managers
Allan Moore Alan Adamson

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Mark McLaughlin
Craig Reid
Willie Dyer
David O'Brien
Michael Tidser
Scott Taggart
Fouad Bachirou
David Graham
Peter Weatherson
Archie Campbell
Stephen Grindlay
Andy Graham
Nicky Devlin
James Creaney
Alan Lithgow
Scott Agnew
Garry Fleming
Mark Gilhaney
Bryan Prunty
Jim Lister
Steven McDougall

Bench
David Hutton
Jason Naismith
Lewis Hawke
Tony Wallace
Kyle Wilkie
Jamie Ewings
Ross Forsyth
Martin McNiff
Phil Johnston
Mark Lamont

Substitutions
Kyle Wilkie for Fouad Bachirou (80)
Lewis Hawke for Peter Weatherson (82)
Tony Wallace for David Graham (85)
Martin McNiff for Garry Fleming (55)

Bookings
Willie Dyer (16) Bryan Prunty (56)
James Creaney (61)
Martin McNiff (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Stephen Grindlay (GK) 262 apps -
Andy Graham 7 apps -
Nicky Devlin 28 apps -
James Creaney 69 apps -
Alan Lithgow 47 apps4 goals
Scott Agnew 48 apps13 goals
Garry Fleming 7 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 78 apps19 goals
Bryan Prunty 47 apps18 goals
Jim Lister 7 apps3 goals
Steven McDougall 7 apps -
Martin McNiff (sub) 85 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 195 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 214 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Nicky Devlin (18 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Lister (31 years 195 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 295 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON sustained a fourth consecutive defeat in the Irn Bru SFL First Division, as opponents Greenock Morton, competing on home turf, gained their first victory of the 2012/13 season.

Sons were competitive in the first half, and perhaps a little unlucky to go into the break 1-0 down – although the home side had hit the post twice by then.

It was the second half that sunk Dumbarton, however. In particular, they never recovered fully from a hotly contested penalty decision.

After the game, playmaker Scott Agnew tweeted: “Great support from the Dumbarton fans today. It's going to be hard but together we can turn this around.”

Sons created a good deal of early pressure in the game, forcing corners and pushing the ball up well from the back. The 'Ton looked sharp on the break.

Gilhaney and Lister created two good chances. First the winger got in behind the defence and tried to lay the ball off to striker Jim Lister. But he did not quite connect.

Then Lister won a flick on as the Dumbarton frontline pressed hard. His shot went just wide of the post.

Good work from Agnew, Gilhaney, Lister, Steven McDougall and Bryan Prunty gave hope of a Sons breakthrough.

Morton hit the post when a cut-in from the left went across goalie Stephen Grindlay before hitting the post and being cleared for a corner. Michael Tidser's 25-yard shot cannoned back off the woodwork.

On 43 minutes the home side took the lead. Archie Campbell stole a march on the defence, and his left-foot shot flew into the bottom right-hand corner of the net, giving Sons' sticksman Grindlay no chance.

The body blow seemed to make it difficult for Dumbarton to get out of the blocks aggressively after the break.

The turning point of the match came when, in the first of a series of controversial decisions, referee Bobby Madden adjudged that Sons' Alan Lithgow had fouled Morton's David O'Brien in the area.

The visitors protested loudly that the ball had visibly been played first, but to no avail. From the spot-kick Archie Campbell struck the ball into the net to give himself a brace and Greenock Morton a two-goal lead.

From that point onwards, nine minutes into the second half, the 'Ton piled the pressure on and Dumbarton seemed to lose heart.

Lithgow, Agnew and McDougall had chances to pull Sons back into the game, but most of the initiative was coming at the other end.

Morton finally sealed the points when Campbell found the bottom right-hand corner from 12 yards after 76 minutes, claiming his hat-trick and making it 3-0 to the home side.

The striker missed the chance of a fourth goal in the 89th minute, when what Sons considered a soft penalty decision against Martin McNiff led to a further spot-kick that thundered off the crossbar.

Campbell touched the ball first after the penalty as Morton almost turned it in, but the referee allowed play on in spite of the infringement.

All in all it proved to be a dismal afternoon for Dumbarton at Cappielow, with Morton gaining a vital three points and Dumbarton going down to a fourth successive league defeat.

Match report by Simon Barrow

Programme cover / Team sheet