Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline and Morton players
Dunfermline left Greenock with all three points

Dunfermline ended promotion hopefuls Greenock Morton's year-long unbeaten run at home with a narrow Championship win at Cappielow.

Nat Wedderburn scored the only goal of the match after a mistake by Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

The hosts pressed in the second half but found Pars keeper Sean Murdoch in wonderful form.

Callum Morris netted but the goal was disallowed for a foul by the Dunfermline defender.

Jim Duffy's side, who play leaders Hibernian on Wednesday, miss the chance to go second as they remain level with Falkirk and four points ahead of fourth-placed Dundee United while Allan Johnston's men are four above the relegation zone.

Morton were bright early on, Lee Kilday's header flying over the bar and Lawrence Shankland going clean through on goal only to be stopped by Lee Ashcroft's intervention.

But it was Dunfermline who went ahead. Kallum Higginbotham's corner was not dealt with at all by Gaston and Nicky Clark flicked the ball on to Wedderburn, who applied the tap-in and was booked for going into the crowd to celebrate.

Shankland was in on goal again following Mark Russell's pass but shot wide and Morton's Ross Forbes was booked for simulation in the Pars' penalty area.

Michael Doyle and Andy Murdoch were denied by Sean Murdoch as the home side searched for an equaliser.

And the Dunfermline stopper produced an impressive point-blank save to prevent Kudus Oyenuga scoring.

Gaston was also tested, doing well to keep Clark's effort out.

The Pars thought they had doubled their lead but Morris's header was chalked off for pushing.

It mattered little, though, as Dunfermline held on for the three points and bounced back from last week's home defeat by Ayr United while Morton can only reflect on a frustrating and disappointing day.

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "It was an incredible record to go a full year unbeaten at home; it just shows you the consistency they've shown since the start of the season.

"Jim Duffy has done a great job here so we're delighted to come here and get the three points. The win is massive, but the work rate today was exceptional from not just the defence, but the midfield, the wide players getting back in, the strikers dropping back in, it was real team performance today."

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "It's extremely disappointing; a lot of aspects were below par. One or two individuals did ok but defensively I don't think we were anywhere near good enough.

"I think in midfield, the creativity was missing and up front I felt we lacked a spark. Credit to Dunfermline, they score from a mistake but overall, I don't think we can complain about losing that today.

"In open play I didn't feel we were quite calm enough in the final situation, and you've got to show that composure. That's the difference - top players show composure at key moments and I felt that when we got wide, we kind of rushed a cross, or scuffed a cross, things like that. Dunfermline deserved to win."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 2KildaySubstituted forLamieat 45'minutes
  • 4O'Ware
  • 17RussellBooked at 31mins
  • 8ForbesBooked at 42mins
  • 10LindsaySubstituted forTidserat 62'minutes
  • 21Murdoch
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 7Oliver
  • 16ShanklandSubstituted forOyenugaat 68'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 3Lamie
  • 9Oyenuga
  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6GegganBooked at 26mins
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 21HerronBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMcCabeat 73'minutes
  • 8WedderburnBooked at 16mins
  • 18McMullanBooked at 90minsSubstituted forCardleat 90+2'minutes
  • 37Clark
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forHopkirkat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 7Paton
  • 10Hopkirk
  • 11Cardle
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 30Gill
Referee:
Mat Northcroft
Attendance:
2,670

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Michael Tidser (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Joe Cardle replaces Paul McMullan.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Doyle (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Michael Moffat.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jason Talbot.

Booking

Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kudus Oyenuga (Morton).

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sean Murdoch.

Attempt saved. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Rhys McCabe replaces John Herron because of an injury.

Delay in match John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Andy Murdoch.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian291610346202658
2Falkirk30139849341548
3Morton28139639281148
4Dundee Utd2812883831744
5Queen of Sth3099123742-536
6Dunfermline29811103738-135
7Raith Rovers3089132941-1233
8Dumbarton30710134049-931
9Ayr29710122845-1731
10St Mirren2969143146-1527
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