Dumbarton 1 - 2 Greenock Morton 

League - Championship
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 3:00 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 1,110
Referee: George Salmond
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton, Oct 31st 2015, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Greenock Morton

Darren Barr (53)
Joe McKee (41)
Denny Johnstone (85)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Scott Brown
Garry Fleming
Grant Gallagher
Willie Gibson
Eamonn Brophy
Grant Adam
Lee Kilday
Conor Pepper
Mark Russell
Luca Gasparotto
Thomas O'Ware
Joe McKee
Michael Tidser
Bobby Barr
Denny Johnstone
Stefan McCluskey

Jamie Ewings
Calum Waters
Mikey Hopkins
Jamie Lindsay
Donald McCallum
Jon Routledge
Steven Ross
Jamie McGowan
Michael Miller
Ross Forbes
Jon Scullion
Alex Samuel
Thomas Orr
Dylan Stevenson

Jon Routledge for Steven Saunders (39)
Jamie Lindsay for Jordan Kirkpatrick (67)
Donald McCallum for Eamonn Brophy (75)
Alex Samuel for Bobby Barr (74)
Ross Forbes for Stefan McCluskey (83)

Mark Docherty (64)
Grant Gallagher (68)
Michael Tidser (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 15 apps -
Mark Docherty 12 apps -
Steven Saunders 4 apps -
Darren Barr 13 apps2 goals
Gregor Buchanan 14 apps1 goal
Jordan Kirkpatrick 72 apps10 goals
Scott Brown 10 apps -
Garry Fleming 116 apps19 goals
Grant Gallagher 15 apps3 goals
Willie Gibson 15 apps2 goals
Eamonn Brophy 6 apps1 goal
Jon Routledge (sub) 15 apps -
Donald McCallum (sub) 8 apps2 goals
Jamie Lindsay (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Eamonn Brophy (19 years 239 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 253 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 194 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mikey Hopkins (18 years 176 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 253 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 336 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


THEY say that once Halloween's out the way, you can get into the festive spirit. But Dumbarton didn't even wait until October 31 was out before giving out a gift which condemned them to another defeat. With five minutes remaining of a scrappy match, a hopeful long ball forward by Morton ended with Denny Johnstone tapping home what proved to be the winner. The striker was given an unguarded net to place the ball into after a mix-up between keeper and defence meant an easy finish from Alex Samuel's low ball. The Greenock side had taken the lead through Joe McKee close to half time, but Darren Barr's equaliser early in the second half looked to have claimed a point. A draw would probably have been the fairest result, but after losing to such a huge communication breakdown, Sons once again were left to analyse where it went wrong. Both sides would have come away from the game feeling they can play better. However, Morton ended up with three points while their hosts had none. And after an eighth league defeat in 10, Sons need to get out of the losing habit quickly.

They did start fairly promisingly, with Eamonn Brophy's shot on the turn saved, before the same player sent a narrow angled drive across goal after having to go it alone from out wide. Minutes later Johnstone set up Stefan McCluskey to charge into the area, but his shot was off target as well. However, Morton had better fortunes four minutes from half time after a corner was only half cleared. The ball fell to McKee who, from 20 yards, blasted home a low drive. Garry Fleming had the chance to send Sons in at half time level, but sliced his shot wide.

But eight minutes after the restart, the level scoreline was restored after Willie Gibson's free kick caused panic in the Morton area. Barr scooped home the loose ball, and drew himself level with Fleming and Gibson as Sons' top league goalscorer this season. There were not many chances for either side to grab a winner, with McKee seeing another low drive saved by Mark Brown, while at the other end, Fleming narrowly missed out on connecting with Donald McCallum's cross. He then did brilliantly to control Gibson's high ball in his direction, but dragged his shot wide. And with five minutes left came the winner for Morton, and out of nothing. Samuel got to a long ball ahead of the defence and with Brown stranded out of his goal, there was only one outcome when he found Johnstone six yards out. Sons may have conceded three goals fewer than last week, and scored one more, but this defeat hurt every bit as much as the Falkirk reverse.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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