Greenock Morton 2 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, February 13th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cappielow
Attendance: 1,595
Referee: George Salmond
Greenock Morton v Dumbarton, Feb 13th 2016, Cappielow
Greenock Morton Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Denny Johnstone (64)
Joe McKee (88)
None.

Team Managers
Jim Duffy Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Andy McNeil
Lee Kilday
Ricky Lamie
Thomas O'Ware
Joe McKee
Denny Johnstone
Connor Pepper
Bobby Barr
Stefan McCluskey
Mark Russell
Declan McManus
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Steven Saunders
Mark Docherty
Garry Fleming
Jon Routledge
Tom Walsh
Christian Nade
Kevin Cawley

Bench
McGowan
Michael Miller
Ross Forbes
Jon Scullion
Michael Tidser
Alex Samuel
Mark Brown
Calum Waters
Scott Taggart
Grant Gallagher
Kler Heh
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Donald McCallum

Substitutions
Ross Forbes for Stefan McCluskey (83)
Michael Tidser for Bobby Barr (87)
Alex Samuel for Denny Johnstone (90)
Grant Gallagher for Christian Nade (31)
Donald McCallum for Garry Fleming (65)
Kler Heh for Kevin Cawley (69)

Bookings
Mark Russel
Bobby Barr
Joe McKee
Gregor Buchanan
Darren Barr
Frazer Wright
Jon Routledge

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 66 apps -
Frazer Wright 18 apps -
Darren Barr 25 apps2 goals
Gregor Buchanan 23 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 14 apps3 goals
Mark Docherty 26 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 130 apps24 goals
Jon Routledge 29 apps -
Tom Walsh 4 apps -
Christian Nade 2 apps -
Kevin Cawley 26 apps2 goals
Grant Gallagher (sub) 29 apps4 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 15 apps3 goals
Kler Heh (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 221 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 61 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 72 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kler Heh (19 years 119 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 61 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 183 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

DUMBARTON left Cappielow with their pride wounded and, in some cases, physically struggling.

The only thing that didn't take a battering during a bruising encounter with Morton was the home side's net.

Denny Johnstone and Joe McKee, the same two players who scored when the Greenock side beat Sons 2-1 in October, were the men doing the damage again.

This time their goals, on 65 and 89 minutes respectively, were unanswered.

There wasn't a great deal between the sides in terms of overall performance but Morton won based on two telling elements, namely moving the ball forward and putting it in the net.

Sons would have gone level on points with Morton had they won. Instead they continued a run which has now seen them score once - directly from a corner - in their last five league games.

While injuries to strikers Christian Nade and Garry Fleming were of no help at all to the cause, Dumbarton will be well aware of the importance of ending the drought.

The opening stages of the match did not suggest that the teams would wait over an hour for the opening goal. They both started at a fast pace.

Morton were first to threaten when Thomas O'Ware's header was turned over the bar. The post was then hit twice, firstly by McKee with a fierce drive, and then Declan McManus' deflected header.

But Sons responded with a shot by Fleming which was deflected off target at close range. Immediately afterwards Gregor Buchanan looked to have headed Sons in front but his header was turned wide.

All this was in the first 15 minutes. For the remaining half hour to the interval, two headers by Johnstone were all that threatened to break the deadlock. The first was wide, the second was saved by Ewings.

Morton, though, were on top of the second half from the start. After chances for McManus and Stefan McCluskey, their pressure paid off when McManus set up Johnstone inside the area.

The on-loan striker was clinical from six yards and the goal which had been coming for some time had finally arrived.

Sons' response was limited but Grant Gallagher was denied a certain goal by a clearance from Ricki Lamie on the line from Tom Walsh's cross. From the resulting corner, Frazer Wright and sub Kler Heh had shots blocked at close range.

Then with five minutes left the ball bounced around the Morton area, just needing one vital touch to force it home. It didn't get it.

And McKee sealed it in the penultimate minute when he showed for another McManus assist and put it away.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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