Scottish Championship
Morton2Dumbarton1

Greenock Morton 2-1 Dumbarton

Michael Tidser
Michael Tidser scored Morton's second goal from the penalty spot

Morton continued their impressive form with a victory over Dumbarton at Cappielow that keeps them in third place in the Championship.

They scored in each half through Gregor Buchanan's own goal and a Michael Tidser penalty.

Dumbarton worked diligently throughout and pulled a goal back through Andy Stirling.

They could not find another way through the Morton defence, though.

Morton were the more enterprising side from the outset, with Nesbitt and Ross Forbes carrying a threat with their movement and passing ability.

Nesbitt was integral to the opening goal, showing quick feet and agility to create space on the right to drive the ball into the six-yard box, where Buchanan could only bundle it into his own net past goalkeeper Alan Martin.

Forbes posed a danger further out, with his excellent control and manipulation of the ball.

He did scurry into the penalty area at one point, running on to a Jon Scullion pass, but his shot was blocked at close range by Martin. Later in the first-half, Forbes swept a shot off an upright from 20 yards out.

Morton remain unbeaten at home this season
Morton remain unbeaten at home this season

Dumbarton were dogged and worked hard to hold their defensive shape. They were most threatening at set-pieces, with Garry Fleming powerful in the air, but Sam Stanton saw one shot blocked by Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston and another effort headed off the line.

The visitors were more assertive after the interval, but Nesbitt and Forbes continued to cause consternation.

After Nesbitt drove towards the bye-line with the ball, his cross was met by Forbes' first-time effort, which Dumbarton's substitute goalkeeper Mark Brown managed to push away at full stretch.

For all Dumbarton's perseverance, Morton's greater quality told, although the visitors fiercely disputed the award of a penalty against Darren Barr for tripping Nesbitt.

Tidser's strike from the resulting spot-kick allowed the home side an element of comfort in their lead.

That lasted only four minutes, though, until Stirling's shot from outside the area was deflected past the helpless Gaston, but Dumbarton could not find a leveller.

What the managers said

Morton's Jim Duffy: "There wasn't much in the balance of play, both teams had spells when they looked to be in control, but we created more. Dumbarton are a very difficult side to play against, they give everything and we had to match that commitment.

[We had] Aidan [Nesbitt] and young Jon Scullion, two very small strikers, so we had to try to play into feet and that meant the midfield had to take risks at times. We couldn't play it back to front or throw a cross into the box. There were some fantastic performances and Aidan was outstanding for us.

[For the penalty] Aidan ran across the box and there was a clip, I don't know if [Darren Barr] meant it or not. If we get one and get the benefit, I'm delighted for it. Like most managers, I feel we don't get the benefit too often, so you enjoy it when you get them."

Dumbarton's Steve Aitken: "We started very slow, which is not like us. Morton started really well and got a deserved goal, but we came roaring back and I thought we got a grip of the game. In the second half, we always said if you keep it at 1-0, you'll create chances, but the penalty decision is a contentious one. I've not seen it back, but the boys say it's never a penalty, the boy falls over his own feet.

"We've got great spirit in the dressing room, the players are working so hard. They're disappointed, because we came into the game on the back of a good month, but we have to take it on the chin."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 17Russell
  • 8Forbes
  • 21Murdoch
  • 12Tidser
  • 10Lindsay
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forOrrat 90+1'minutes
  • 9OyenugaSubstituted forScullionat 10'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Oliver
  • 14Scullion
  • 22Orr
  • 30McGowan
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Dumbarton

  • 27MartinSubstituted forBrownat 25'minutes
  • 17Smith
  • 14Barr
  • 5Buchanan
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 3DochertySubstituted forNadeat 67'minutes
  • 22Stirling
  • 7Todd
  • 11Stanton
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forVaughanat 70'minutes
  • 9Fleming

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 15McCallum
  • 23Vaughan
  • 72Nade
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,094

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Dumbarton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Dumbarton 1.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Andy Stirling.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Thomas Orr replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Morton).

Christian Nade (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. David Smith (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jon Scullion (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Craig Pettigrew.

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Brown.

Attempt saved. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Josh Todd (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Lewis Vaughan replaces Robert Thomson.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Dumbarton 1. Andy Stirling (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Todd.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Christian Nade replaces Mark Docherty.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Dumbarton 0. Michael Tidser (Morton) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Morton. Aidan Nesbitt draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Darren Barr (Dumbarton) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Robert Thomson.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt blocked. Michael Doyle (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Brown.

Attempt saved. Mark Russell (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Lindsay (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Robert Thomson.

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Brown.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Morton 1, Dumbarton 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian20126235112442
2Dundee Utd20115427171038
3Morton198742720731
4Falkirk208663024630
5Raith Rovers196762122-125
6Dunfermline206682629-324
7Queen of Sth206682529-424
8Dumbarton205692230-821
9Ayr204791830-1219
10St Mirren2026121837-1912
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