Dumbarton 0 - 0 Greenock Morton 

League - Championship
Saturday, August 5th, 2017, 3:00 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 1,161
Referee: Steven Kirkland
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton, Aug 5th 2017, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Greenock Morton

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Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Dougie Hill
Andy Dowie
Craig Barr
Sam Wardrop
Chris McLaughlin
Tom Walsh
David Wilson
Ally Roy
Mark Stewart
Christian Nade
Derek Gaston
Michael Doyle
Declan McManus
Ricki Lamie
Mark Russell
Andy Murdoch
Ross Forbes
Michael Tidser
Jai Quitongo
Bob McHugh
Robert Thomson

Jamie Ewings
Calum Gallagher
Chris Johnston
Kyle Prior
David Smith
Scott Tiffoney
Lewis Strapp
Ruaridh Langan
Ben Armour
Jack Iredale
Jamie McGowan

Calum Gallagher for David Wilson (77)
David Smith for Tom Walsh (86)
Scott Tiffoney for Jai Quutongo (86)

Craig Barr (42)
Chris McLaughlin (58)
Ally Roy (78)
Bob McHugh (51)
Ross Forbes (53)
Ricki Lamie (62)
Jai Quitongo (79)

Red Cards
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 5 apps -
Dougie Hill 3 apps -
Andy Dowie 5 apps -
Craig Barr 4 apps1 goal
Sam Wardrop 1 app (debut) -
Chris McLaughlin 5 apps -
David Wilson 5 apps -
Tom Walsh 19 apps1 goal
Christian Nade 33 apps12 goals
Ally Roy 5 apps -
Mark Stewart 5 apps -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 12 apps -
David Smith (sub) 48 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 141 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 161 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (17 years 345 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 277 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Sam Wardrop(Signed August 1st, 2017)


THERE'S just something about games between Dumbarton and Morton.

Thirteen goals in the last nine league meetings of the clubs don't exactly suggest it's a fixture that the neutrals will scramble to watch.

But although chapter six of Sons' Championship journey started with a blank scoresheet, it remains compulsive viewing.

In terms of clearcut chances, this was far from a classic. Ally Roy went closest for the home side early doors with a shot blocked at close range, while keeper Scott Gallacher had his occasional moments to preserve a point.

It was, though, the kind of game which looked capable of igniting at any moment. It was closely fought from first whistle to last and both sets of players had earned their snacks at full time.

But the lid stayed on the powder keg as neither side had the inspiration to give themselves a winning start to the league season.

In the end, neither team was terribly disappointed.

Roy had the game's first opportunity on 10 minutes, pouncing on a slack pass in the Morton midfield. He ran in on goal, but visiting keeper Derek Gaston was equal to the challenge.

After Gallacher had saved from Connor McManus and Bob McHugh, he was beaten to a low cross from the right by one Robert Thomson.

But Gallacher was alert enough to deny the former Sons striker from his narrow angled effort.

The home side finished the first half strongly as Christian Nade had a shot turned wide by Gaston, who then kept out Craig Barr'sheader from the resulting corner.

Morton continued to have most of the chances after the restart, with McHugh twice going close while Gallacher also saved from Jai Quitongo.

Barr then got his head to another corner, but again Gaston denied him.

With seven minutes left, failure to deal with a simple ball into the box nearly cost Sons, but Michael Doyle missed the target from the loose ball.

Ross Forbes had two late efforts to snatch the points for Morton, but was wide with a fierce volley and then had another shot saved after cutting inside.

Once again, there were things for Dumbarton to work on, but several positives to take from a gritty and organised defensive effort.

Match report by Andy Galloway


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