Dumbarton 0 - 1 Greenock Morton 

League - Championship
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 7:45 PM at YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Attendance: 833
Referee: Don Robertson
Dumbarton v Greenock Morton, Feb 20th 2018, YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Dumbarton  Greenock Morton

None. Thomas O'Ware (74)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Scott Gallacher
Liam Dick
Andy Dowie
Aidan Wilson
David Smith
Andy Stirling
Dimitris Froxylias
Liam Burt
Kyle Hutton
Stuart Carswell
Mark Stewart
Conor Brennan
Andy Murdoch
Thomas O'Ware
Ricki Lamie
Michael Doyle
Gary Oliver
Bob McHugh
Michael Tidser
Mark Russell
Luca Gasparatto
Frank Ross

Jamie Ewings
Dougie Hill
Danny Handling
David Wilson
Calum Gallagher
Kevin Nisbet
Iain Russell
Derek Gaston
Gary Harkins
Scott Tiffoney
Lewis Strapp
Ruaridh Langan
Darren Hynes

Kevin Nisbet for Mark Stewart (57)
Danny Handling for Dimitris Froxylias (62)
Iain Russell for Liam Burt (67)
Gary Harkins for Luca Gasparatto (53)
Scott Tiffoney for Bob McHugh (66)

Aidan Wilson (29)
Luca Gasparatto (39)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 35 apps -
Liam Dick 5 apps -
Andy Dowie 33 apps -
Aidan Wilson 2 apps -
David Smith 63 apps2 goals
Andy Stirling 42 apps3 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 21 apps5 goals
Liam Burt 2 apps -
Kyle Hutton 29 apps -
Stuart Carswell 40 apps1 goal
Mark Stewart 23 apps4 goals
Danny Handling (sub) 9 apps1 goal
Iain Russell (sub) 123 apps36 goals
Kevin Nisbet (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 24 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Dowie (34 years 341 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 270 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Burt (19 years 24 days)
Oldest Player:Iain Russell (35 years 107 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 184 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts



Dumbarton are back down to Earth.

If Saturday's semi-final victory was euphoria, this was the stark reminder.

Sons by no means played poorly in this game, but they lost out on any points through the same frustrations that have hindered them in the Championship of late.

They could have been 3-0 up inside eight minutes. Instead they were 1-0 down after 73, and that was how it stayed.

To add to the frustration, Morton's goal was scored by Thomas O'Ware from a corner - far from the first time such a set piece has led to a concession.

It is still not too late to secure a seventh Championship season without the need to extend the season into May.

But whatever happens in the Irn Bru Cup, something needs to happen in the league now.

Saturday's trip to Falkirk has now taken on must-win status and even then, there is a long road back. But there is still a road.

After two minutes of this game, Dimitris Froxylias had a shot from 20 yards, and why not after Saturday? However, the keeper touched his shot over.

Liam Burt and Andy Stirling each had a shot saved before Froxylias again had a chance.

He was inches from goal, but...the ball took a bad bounce, and went over.

The Cypriot then tried again with a 20-yard volley after Morton headed only half clear, but it was just past.

After Scott Gallacher saved well from Gary Oliver, Burt also missed the woodwork by not very much. Bob McHugh then missed when well-placed for the visitors.

Sons were in control, but as long as chances weren't being taken, there was every possibility that this could be the latest lesson in their importance.

And with 28 minutes played of a pedestrian second half, that sermon was delivered, although Gallacher looked to have done what needed doing when he saved from Mark Russell.

Neither he nor anybody else could stop the unchallenged O'Ware heading home the resulting corner.

The closest Dumbarton got to equalising was a Danny Handling header from Stirling's cross which went wide.

The phrase is 'We go again'.

Match report by Andy Galloway

Photography by Donald Fullarton


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