Dumbarton 0
Morton 0 (3-4 on pens)
Challenge Cup (1st Round)

0 - 0
(3-4 on pens.)

Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Strathclyde Homes Stadium. Att. 1,301
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Chapman

Starting Eleven
Stephen Grindlay
Ben Gordon
Allan McManus
Martin McNiff
Paul Nugent
Ross Campbell
Derek Carcary
Scott Chaplain
Andy Geggan
Ryan McStay
Graham Wilson
Colin Stewart
David MacGregor
Marc Smyth
Grant Evans
Graeme Holmes
Kevin McKinlay
Allan Jenkins
Carrol Monti
Michael Tidser
Stewart Kean
Peter Weatherson

Michael White
Iain Chisholm
Alan Cook
Kieran Brannan
Paul Maxwell
Kevin Cuthbert
Nathan Shepard
Kevin Kelbie
David O'Brien
Fouad Bachirou

Kieran Brannan for Ross Campbell (85)
Paul Maxwell for Scott Chaplain (97)
Alan Cook for Derek Carcary (101)
David O'Brien for Carrol Monti (68)
Fouad Bachirou for Allan Jenkins (83)
Kevin Kelbie for Peter Weatherson (83)

Paul Nugent (94)
Ryan McStay (101)
Ben Gordon (107)
Michael Tidser (30)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)

Match Report

DUMBARTON exited the ALBA Challenge Cup at the first hurdle - but pushed First Division Morton all the way to penalties.

This was a game that had everything except goals, as the teams forced several chances, but came up against two in-form keepers.

Sons' Stephen Grindlay produced some magnificent saves, while opposite number Colin Stewart was also on form when needed.

In the end, though, Stewart's save from Ryan McStay won the shoot-out for Morton and sent them through to round two.

The visitors were quickest to get started, as Stewart Kean, Allan Jenkins and Peter Weatherson all forced saves from Grindlay.

Allan McManus - playing against the club that dismissed him as joint manager at the end of last season - also made a block to stop Kean at close range.

Sons then found their stride and Ross Campbell played in Scott Chaplain, but the midfielder's effort was stopped by Stewart.

A Graham Wilson corner was also bending towards goal until the keeper turned it over the bar just in time.

On 27 minutes came an oustanding save from Grindlay, turning away Kean's shot at close range.

In the second half, an Andy Geggan shot from distance was saved, while a Michael Tidser effort went close for Morton.

Ross Campbell was next to test Stewart, while at the other end, Grindlay again denied Kean with another exceptional save from a header.

With two minutes remaining a Graeme Holmes cross fell to Kean two yards out, but he sliced wide.

Holmes again set Kean up in the first period of extra time, but Grindlay again was on form.

Each side had chances during the second extra spell, but the best of them fell to Dumbarton at the death.

Ben Gordon's free kick found Paul Maxwell's head, and his effort was netbound only for Stewart to turn it over.

It was then on to penalties, and the shoot-out started badly for Sons when Campbell's shot hit the bar.

The next seven penalties were all scored, with Holmes, Tidser, David O'Brien and Kevin Kelbie finding the net for Morton to be countered by Alan Cook, Martin McNiff and Geggan.

Then Stewart saved from McStay to seal the second round place for Morton at the end of a match neither side deserved to lose.

Squad Statistics (as at July 25th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Stephen Grindlay (GK)28 1 - 191 -
Ben Gordon24 1 - 817
Allan McManus35 1 - 1 -
Martin McNiff18 1 - 19 -
Paul Nugent27 1 - 1 -
Ross Campbell12 1 - 1 -
Derek Carcary24 1 - 7319
Scott Chaplain26 1 - 399
Andy Geggan23 1 - 1325
Ryan McStay24 1 - 391
Graham Wilson - 1 - 1 -
Alan Cook (sub)18 1 - 113
Paul Maxwell (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Kieran Brannan (sub)19 1 - 271

League Table (as at July 25th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.