Greenock Morton 3 - 2 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 7:45 PM at Cappielow Park
Attendance: 1,134
Referee: Craig Charleston
Greenock Morton v Dumbarton, Apr 10th 2018, Cappielow Park
Greenock Morton Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Gary Fraser (61)
John Baird (69)
Jack Iredale (90)
Danny Handling  (55)
Thomas OWare (o.g.) (87)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Thomas O'Ware
Ricki Lamie
Michael Doyle
Robert Thomson
Michael Tidser
Gary Harkins
John Baird
Gary Fraser
Frank Ross
Jack Iredale
Scott Gallacher
Craig Barr
Liam Dick
Chris McLaughlin
Andy Dowie
Tom Walsh
Calum Gallagher
David Wilson
Danny Handling
Kyle Hutton
Andy Stirling

Bench
Andy Murdoch
Bob McHugh
Scott Tiffoney
Mark Russell
Ruaridh Langan
Jack Purdue
Conor Brennan
Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Liam Burt
Dimitris Froxylias
Grant Gallagher
Kevin Nisbet
Mark Stewart

Substitutions
Conor Brennan for Derek Gaston (45)
Scott Tiffoney for Michael Tidser (55)
Bob McHugh for Robert Thomson (66)
Grant Gallagher for Liam Dick (50)
Liam Burt for Danny Handling (71)
Mark Stewart for Tom Walsh (78)

Bookings
Jack Iredale (85) Tom Walsh (44)
Danny Handling (65)
Andy Stirling (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 45 apps -
Craig Barr 40 apps4 goals
Liam Dick 13 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 30 apps1 goal
Andy Dowie 42 apps -
Tom Walsh 51 apps4 goals
Calum Gallagher 44 apps5 goals
David Wilson 30 apps1 goal
Danny Handling 17 apps3 goals
Kyle Hutton 39 apps -
Andy Stirling 50 apps3 goals
Grant Gallagher (sub) 50 apps5 goals
Liam Burt (sub) 11 apps -
Mark Stewart (sub) 31 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (20 years 24 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 2 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 73 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (35 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 146 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Andy Stirling played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Grant Gallagher played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

"DONE in with the last kick of the game."

If Dumbarton do not pull off a miracle and achieve automatic survival in this season's championship, that would probably be a fitting epitaph to the season.

One goal from this season has already disappeared with a goal conceded in injury time, to Inverness CT in Perth in the Irn Bru Cup final on Saturday, March 24. Seventeen days later, another may have gone with it.

When Jack Iredale struck Morton's winner, the eight-point gap to Falkirk remained. With the Bairns losing to Inverness CT, a big opportunity was squandered.

The arithmetic says that it is still possible, but with just four games to go until Judgement Day, the odds don't.

A draw would have been fair, and looked to have been gained with two minutes left when Thomas O'Ware deflected Liam Burt's shot into his own net.

Danny Handling had given Sons the lead only for Gary Fraser and John Baird to turn things around for the home side.

And all this was in the second half.

If teams got points for what they deserved out of games, Dumbarton would be in a much more desirable position. They don't, and they are not.

All they can do in the remaining 360 minutes of league football, which include a home game against Falkirk, is aim to win all four fixtures and hope it is enough.

The first half gave little sign of what was to come, although one nightmare scenario was close to reality after 14 minutes.

Robert Thomson had the ball in the net for his new employers, but the ex-Dumbarton man was denied by an offside flag after converting Michael Doyle's cross.

Scott Gallacher then turned Fraser's long distance effort wide before signs of life emerged in front of the Morton goal.

Andy Stirling's cross was reached by keeper Derek Gaston just before Handling, although the collision between the duo resulted in Gaston leaving the action at half time.

Soon after, Calum Gallagher glanced a header wide.

In the second half, another Stirling cross saw David Wilson's header gathered by the replacement keeper.

Then, as if to sum up the current run of luck, Tom Walsh got to a long ball ahead of the keeper, but a defender was back to clear.

But on 55 minutes the fun started. Grant Gallagher, only just introduced to the game, sent a high ball into the area which Handling controlled and finished.

Just after that Wilson made an excellent tackle to stop Gary Harkins from scoring what looked a certain equaliser.

However, the lead was annulled on 62 minutes when Fraser thrashed home after a low ball from the left.

Then eight minutes later, Baird turned and fired home from the edge of the area. Everything was collapsing with, at that stage, no sign of recovery.

In fact, with a further eight minutes having gone, Morton should have wrapped it up. A five-on-one chance resulted in Bob McHugh somehow shooting over.

And with two minutes to go, the let-off was punished as Burt's low shot took a deflection off O'Ware and found the net.

But after Gallacher saved from McHugh in the third minute of injury time, Iredale followed up.

Thank you and goodnight.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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