Dumbarton 0 - 0 Greenock Morton 

League - Championship
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 3:00 PM at CID Stadium
Attendance: 994
Referee: Crawford Allan
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton, Apr 2nd 2016, CID Stadium
Dumbarton  Greenock Morton

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Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Jamie Lindsay
Jon Routledge
Garry Fleming
Paul Heffernan
Christian Nade
Derek Gaston
Lee Kilday
Thomas O'Ware
Joel McKee
Ross Forbes
Denny Johnstone
Bobby Barr
Mark Russell
Luca Gasporotto
Declan McManus
Paul Mcmullan

Mark Brown
Calum Waters
Tom Walsh
Grant Gallagher
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Kevin Cawley
Andrew McNeil
Ricki Lamie
Michael Miller
Peter McDonald
Alex Samuel

Kevin Cawley for Paul Heffernan (68)
Tom Walsh for Jamie Lindsay (75)
Grant Gallagher for Darren Barr (83)
Alex Samuel for Declan McManus (87)

Mark Docherty (22)
Declan McManus (66)
Lee Kilday (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 72 apps -
Frazer Wright 26 apps -
Darren Barr 33 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 31 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 33 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 21 apps3 goals
Jamie Lindsay 23 apps -
Jon Routledge 33 apps -
Garry Fleming 137 apps25 goals
Paul Heffernan 3 apps -
Christian Nade 9 apps4 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 11 apps -
Grant Gallagher (sub) 32 apps4 goals
Kevin Cawley (sub) 34 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Lindsay (20 years 179 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 110 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 20 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 110 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 94 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


SO, it's as you were.

Which, after a frustrating and fruitless afternoon in front of goal, Dumbarton will probably take.

Their game with Morton was stuffy, fitful in its progress and, for the second time this season, without a goal between Sons and the men from Greenock.

The draw was enough to ensure Dumbarton will end the season as Scotland's best part-time side for the fourth consecutive time.

It might not have been enough to keep them above second-bottom Livingston in the Championship table.

But Livi registered exactly the same scoreline at home to the now-relegated Alloa Athletic, keeping the gap at two points.

Sons also have a game in hand over the Almondvale side, with both facing tricky road trips on Tuesday.

While Livingston visit Hibs, Dumbarton hope to gatecrash Rangers' title party at Ibrox. The attacking threat they will need to do that was not in huge evidence against Morton, but the defensive solidity was.

After events in the previous game, away to Queen of the South, the defensive side of the team largely succeeded in making up for it.

Attack-wise, there was a promising start after two minutes. Mark Docherty, returning from suspension, sent in a free kick which Christian Nade headed narrowly wide with the keeper motionless.

But like most of the afternoon, the pace did not last.

Morton tested Jamie Ewings twice in the first half, with Bobby Barr and Denny Johnstone each seeing an effort turned away by the keeper and cleared by the defence.

For Sons, Frazer Wright's glancing header was narrowly off target before Paul Heffernan had the chance of a goal on his first start for the club.

After connecting with a superb cross by Nade, he was denied at close range by the keeper. He then met Garry Fleming's header across goal, but found the angle too narrow to finish.

Johnstone, having already scored twice for Morton against Sons this season, had another opportunity to add to those, but fired wide from close range.

Just after the hour mark, Heffernan was waiting to head home Docherty's cross, but Thomas O'Ware got to it first.

However, the rest of the afternoon was tepid fare which saw Morton get closer to goal.

Luca Gasparotto's header was wide, while Paul McMullan's cross looked set to find Johnstone for a tap-in.

But Gregor Buchanan's headed clearance ensured the scoreline remained blank.

From the resulting corner, Ross Forbes drilled a shot against the post, with O'Ware scrambling the rebound off target.

Soon after Buchanan was named man of the match, he had the chance to win it for Sons in the dying minutes.

However, after making space in the area, his shot was saved and although named as his team's top player, he couldn't secure a further two points.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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