Dumbarton 1
Morton 0
League (Championship)

1 - 0

League (Championship)
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium. Att. 1,323
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lewis Vaughan (59)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Alan Martin
Darren Barr
Ross McCrorie
Daniel Harvie
Gregor Buchanan
Stuart Carswell
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
David Smith
Robert Thomson
Lewis Vaughan
Derek Gaston
Michael Doyle
Thomas O'Ware
Ricki Lamie
Mark Russell
Scott Tiffoney
Andy Murdoch
Jamie Lindsay
Michael Tidser
Luke Donnelly
Lawrence Shankland

Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Tom Lang
Calum Gallagher
Kyle Prior
Joe Nuttall
Gary Oliver
Ross Forbes
Aidan Nesbitt
Jon Scullion
Jamie McDonagh
Jamie McGowan
Lewis Strapp

Joe Nuttall for Lewis Vaughan (79)
Calum Gallagher for Sam Stanton (85)
Mark Docherty for Andy Stirling (89)
Aidan Nesbitt for Scott Tiffoney (68)
Ross Forbes for Michael Tidser (68)
Gary Oliver for Luke Donnelly (77)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Match Report

IT was made in Ayrshire. It was scored by a Raith Rovers player.

It was the goal that gave Dumbarton three critical points.

Lewis Vaughan was the man who put Sons ahead against Morton - and got them back in front of his parent club in the Championship table.

After an hour's play, he latched on to an assist from Ross McCrorie to give an always closely-contested game its decisive moment.

Dumbarton needed some breaks to get the result they wanted. Morton hit the woodwork, they had a goal ruled out, and they never stopped pushing to avoid a third consecutive game without scoring.

But against a team which could well be in next season's top flight, Sons held their own. They were competitive and battle-hardened and did what their visitors couldn't - find the net without being penalised.

The job of securing a place in the 2017/18 Championship is not done yet. It is not likely to be officially finished for another few weeks. But this was a huge step forward.

The game was a tough contest from the start but was lacking in clear chances until the dying stages of the first half. Ten minutes from the interval, Lawrence Shankland intercepted six yards from Dumbarton's goal.

He looked set to score, but his shot crashed against the bar. Another opportunity came his way within seconds, but his low shot was held by Alan Martin.

At the other end, Gregor Buchanan's header was hacked off the line. A game which had looked like the definitive 0-0 draw suddenly had its spark.

Early in the second half the woodwork was struck by Morton for a second time when Andy Murdoch's shot hit the outside of the post and rolled wide.

A Robert Thomson header, against the club he has a pre-contract agreement in place with for next season, also missed the target narrowly for Sons.

But cometh the hour mark, cometh the man.

Andy Stirling couldn't make space to shoot. Neither could McCrorie, being closely watched by a defender.

Instead he played in Vaughan, whose fierce low finish found the net.

The lead could have lasted only six minutes, but Jamie Lindsay's cross hit the inside of the post and bounced out, with Michael Tidser shooting wide from the rebound.

Sam Stanton then broke through at an angle for the home side, but his shot was beaten away by the keeper.

Then with 15 minutes left Shankland found the net, but his header was chalked off for a push on Buchanan.

Anybody hoping for an ending free of any nerves was to be disappointed. But the heads on the pitch were cool enough to see it out.

The next task is in Paisley, against a St Mirren side who have just scored six goals against Ayr United.

It's going to be huge.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Alan Martin (GK)28 34 - 34 -
Ross McCrorie19 5 - 5 -
Darren Barr32 30 - 663
Gregor Buchanan27 352723
Daniel Harvie18 293293
Sam Stanton22 223223
Stuart Carswell23 11 - 11 -
David Smith24 381381
Andy Stirling 27 363363
Robert Thomson 23 38103810
Lewis Vaughan21 102102
Mark Docherty (sub)28 334726
Calum Gallagher (sub)22 6 - 6 -
Joe Nuttall (sub)20 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at April 1st, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.