Greenock Morton 2 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Cappielow
Attendance: 1,687
Referee: Stevie O'Reilly
Greenock Morton v Dumbarton, Nov 9th 2013, Cappielow
Greenock Morton Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Mark McLaughlin (60)
Tomas Peciar (88)
None.

Team Managers
Allan Moore Ian Murray

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Craig Reid
Tomas Peciar
Joe McKee
Jonathan Page
Mark McLaughlin
Tony Wallace
Fouad Bachirou
Nacho Novo
Archie Campbell
Dougie Imrie
Jamie Ewings
Scott Linton
Andy Graham
Paul McGinn
Aaron Barry
Chris Turner
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Hugh Murray
Mark Gilhaney
Colin Nish
Mitch Megginson

Bench
Nicolas Caraux
Thomas O'Ware
David McNeil
Mark Russell
Stephen Stirling
David Varlaque
Kabba-Modou Cham
Stephen Grindlay
Scott Agnew
Nicky Phinn
Ally McKerracher
Kevin Smith
Bryan Prunty
Steven McDougall

Substitutions
Kabba-Modou Cham for Archie Campbell (70)
Stephen Stirling for Joe McKee (87)
Bryan Prunty for Jordan Kirkpatrick (66)
Scott Agnew for Hugh Murray (75)
Kevin Smith for Scott Linton (80)

Bookings
Fouad Bachirou (65)
Stephen Stirling (90)
Jordan Kirkpatrick (58)
Paul McGinn (63)
Scott Agnew (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 43 apps -
Scott Linton 11 apps -
Andy Graham 51 apps4 goals
Paul McGinn 30 apps2 goals
Aaron Barry 15 apps -
Chris Turner 44 apps6 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 9 apps2 goals
Hugh Murray 8 apps -
Mark Gilhaney 122 apps25 goals
Colin Nish 11 apps1 goal
Mitch Megginson 16 apps4 goals
Scott Agnew (sub) 93 apps26 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 96 apps33 goals
Kevin Smith (sub) 11 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Barry (20 years 355 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 270 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ally McKerracher (17 years 140 days)
Oldest Player:Hugh Murray (34 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 234 days
Domestic Players:16 (88.89 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON slipped up on the road to bottom side Greenock Morton, going down 2-0 at Cappielow.

Goals from defenders Mark McLaughlin and Thomas Peciar gave the hosts only their second three points of the season.

Morton started the stronger of the two sides. Early pressure forced a corner, but Sons 'keeper Jamie Ewings palmed the ball clear of any danger.

The 'Ton won another set piece in a dangerous position soon after. This time a free kick 30 yards from goal. Dougie Imrie floated the ball in, over the Sons defence, to the unmarked McGlaughlin, but he was unable to direct the ball goalwards from six yards.

Then came a comedy moment. Paul McGinn and Imrie chased down a long ball that was going for a Sons goal kick. McGinn, doing his best to prevent Imrie from winning the ball, shoulder barged him into a massive puddle off the pitch, leaving the ex-Hamilton man soaking.

Dumbarton managed to contain the Morton pressure, and started to attack the home side on the counter. Chris Turner shrugged Farid Bachirou off the ball, before playing a curling pass out wide to Mark Gilhaney. Gilhaney cut the ball back for on-form striker Jordan Kirkpatrick, but he fired over from 18 yards.

McGinn and Gilhaney continued to pressure the right hand side with some dangerous crosses, but none of them could be converted.

The best chance of the game followed and it was for the home side. Nacho Novo was sent in one-on-one, and the Spaniard advanced before prodding the ball towards goal. However, his effort hit the post and went wide.

Kirkpatrick then had another chance for Dumbarton. This time his long-range effort was fumbled, but gathered at the second attempt by Morton 'keeper Derek Gaston to keep the score at 0-0. That is how it would remain until half time.

Sons started the second half brightly. A low, curling ball was floated into the area but there was no Dumbarton shirt to touch the ball home.

Novo had another chance for the home side. This time he turned Aaron Barry and shot across Ewings, but the keeper got down well to save and hold the ball.

On 60 minutes, Morton went 1-0 up. As had happened in the first half, an Imrie free kick was won by McGlauglin but this time he made no mistake, heading the ball past Ewings into the bottom corner.

Sons tried to change things soon after, with Bryan Prunty coming on for Kirkpatrick.

Dumbarton had certainly begun to apply more pressure by this time, and Mitch Megginson had a shot from the edge of the area well held by Gaston.

Novo had another chance for Morton, this time sliding in at the back post to get on the end of a cross. Thankfully for Sons his effort came off the post.

Two more Dumbarton substitutions followed. Scott Agnew was brought on for Hugh Murray and Kevin Smith replaced Scott Linton.

On 88 minutes, Morton made sure of the three points. Another set piece ended with Thomas Peciar getting on the end of it with Dumbarton 'keeper Jamie Ewings making a rare mistake to gift him the ball.

Other results mean Dumbarton stay seventh in the Championship, with another away game at Livingston next week.

Match report by Jack Crawford

Programme cover / Team sheet