Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic

Jai Quitongo's late winner completed a comeback from two goals down to give Greenock Morton a win over Dunfermline.

Joe Cardle slotted past Derek Gaston to put the Pars ahead before Kallum Higginbotham netted a penalty after Jason Talbot was caught in the area.

Robert Thomson capitalised on a Callum Morris error to reduce the deficit before substitute Gary Harkins' free-kick levelled.

And fellow sub Quitongo ran clear and showed composure to find the net.

Post-match reaction

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "If you're 2-0 down and you get back to 2-2 then you're really happy, but to win it in the last minute is that wee bit extra special. We looked out of sorts in the last 15 minutes of the first half, and once Dunfermline got a couple of goals up they looked in complete control. Thankfully there wasn't any more damage done before half-time, and once we got our first goal it gave the players and supporters a bit of belief back that we could salvage something from the game.

"You put the boys on because we're 2-1 down. They're two very creative and forward-thinking players, so you've got to take a bit of a risk. Sometimes it works for you, but if Dunfermline score on the counter then the substitutions don't matter. Thankfully all the players made an impact and that's what you want as a manager, to have good players come on and change the game. That's what happened.

"Every fixture is incredibly difficult. Consistency in this division is very tough, everyone is searching for it. I'm sure Dunfermline will bounce back, but it was our day; we'll enjoy this weekend."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'WareBooked at 90mins
  • 5Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 3Murdoch
  • 8ForbesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forHarkinsat 63'minutes
  • 12Tidser
  • 10Thomson
  • 11McHughSubstituted forQuitongoat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7OliverSubstituted forMcManusat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 9Quitongo
  • 14Harkins
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 18McManus
  • 20Doohan
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour

Dunfermline

  • 1MurdochBooked at 90mins
  • 2Williamson
  • 5Morris
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14TalbotSubstituted forMartinat 36'minutes
  • 7HigginbothamBooked at 59mins
  • 27Shiels
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11CardleBooked at 72mins
  • 9McManusSubstituted forSmithat 66'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forHopkirkat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 4Mvoto
  • 12Hopkirk
  • 13Splaine
  • 16Ryan
  • 20Gill
  • 23Smith
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
1,918

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 3, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 3, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

Booking

Jai Quitongo (Morton) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 3, Dunfermline Athletic 2. Jai Quitongo (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor McManus following a fast break.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Connor McManus.

Attempt saved. Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Booking

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Morton).

David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Connor McManus (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor McManus (Morton).

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Connor McManus (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Connor McManus replaces Gary Oliver.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calum Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Nicky Clark.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Dunfermline Athletic 2. Gary Harkins (Morton) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Attempt blocked. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Joe Cardle.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Calum Smith replaces Declan McManus.

Jai Quitongo (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Jai Quitongo replaces Robert McHugh.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren5401148612
2Dunfermline5311156910
3Queen of Sth5311126610
4Dundee Utd531155010
5Morton52218538
6Livingston513178-16
7Inverness CT5113811-34
8Dumbarton503227-53
9Falkirk5023512-72
10Brechin5023412-82
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