Greenock Morton 2 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Cappielow Park
Attendance: 2,094
Referee: John Beaton
Greenock Morton v Dumbarton, Jan 7th 2017, Cappielow Park
Greenock Morton Dumbarton 

Gregor Buchanan o.g. (19)
Michael Tidser pen (66)
Andy Stirling  (69)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Michael Doyle
Lee Kilday
Thomas O'Ware
Mark Russell
Ross Forbes
Andy Murdoch
Michael Tidser
Jamie Lindsay
Aidan Nesbitt
Kudus Oyenuga
Alan Martin
Craig Pettigrew
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Josh Todd
David Smith
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Garry Fleming
Robert Thomson

Gary Oliver
Jon Scullion
Thomas Orr
Jamie McGowan
Scott Tiffoney
Lewis Strapp
Mark Brown
Donald McCallum
Christian Nade
Lewis Vaughan

Jon Scullion for Kudus Oyenuga (10)
Thomas Orr for Aidan Nesbitt (90)
Mark Brown for Alan Martin (25)
Christian Nade for Mark Docherty (67)
Lewis Vaughan for Robert Thomson (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 23 apps -
Darren Barr 55 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 62 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 63 apps6 goals
Craig Pettigrew 19 apps -
David Smith 27 apps1 goal
Sam Stanton 13 apps -
Andy Stirling 25 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 167 apps32 goals
Josh Todd 27 apps -
Robert Thomson 27 apps5 goals
Mark Brown (sub) (GK) 32 apps -
Christian Nade (sub) 15 apps7 goals
Lewis Vaughan (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Josh Todd (22 years 216 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 293 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (20 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (35 years 322 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 350 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Lewis Vaughan(Signed January 4th, 2017)


THIS season's first visit to Cappielow, way back on matchday three, was a lesson for Dumbarton.

When things don't go your way, accept it and move on.

New Year. Same old.

Sons were worth at least a point on their return visit to the home of Morton. They were denied it by two things.

Not taking chances, and occasions when fortune was not in their favour.

With Gregor Buchanan already unlucky enough to have put through his own goal, the turning point came midway through the second half.

When the home side's Aidan Nesbitt went down in the area with Darren Barr nearby, a penalty was awarded. Michael Tidser converted.

It transpired to be the winner, as Andy Stirling's goal was all Dumbarton could manage by way of consolation.

For the second time this season, Sons had to leave Greenock in a blaze of mystery and misfortune and without the result they deserved.

Stirling looked to set up Josh Todd for the afternoon's first clear chance, but the midfielder just missed his team-mate's low ball across goal.

Then on 19 minutes, Nesbitt fired the ball into the danger area, with Buchanan's efforts to clear resulting only in him inadvertently slicing into his own net.

He almost found the other net instantly, but couldn't quite connect with Mark Docherty's free kick into the area.

After Alan Martin saved brilliantly from Ross Forbes at close range, he was forced off injured, giving Mark Brown his first league football since February.

But chances continued at each end. Forbes hit the post from the edge of the area while Sam Stanton had a shot pushed wide.

From the resulting corner, neither Barr nor Stanton's efforts could beat defenders waiting on the line.

Sons' finish to the half was strong, but fruitless. Robert Thomson and then Todd again were denied by the home keeper and defence.

Early in the second half, Morton were looking to clinch it, but Forbes was denied at close range by the second Sons keeper of the day.

With the second half having progressed slowly, the afternoon's key moment then came midway through. Tidser made it 2-0 after the dust had settled.

But on 70 minutes, Stirling had Dumbarton back in business with a low, deflected shot.

After Jon Scullion shot straight at Brown when well placed, Sons pushed relentlessly but could not duly trouble the home goal.

It may have looked set up for Christian Nade to be the hero on his 'debut' for Sons, but even his bending shot in the last minute of the 90 couldn't hit the target.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Programme cover / Team sheet