Dumbarton 0
Morton 1
League (Championship)

0 - 1

League (Championship)
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium. Att. 833
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Thomas O'Ware (74)

Team Managers
Stevie Aitken
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Gallacher
22. Liam Dick
4. Andy Dowie
30. Aidan Wilson
31. Liam Burt
6. Stuart Carswell
20. Dimitris Froxylias
14. Kyle Hutton
2. David Smith
25. Andy Stirling
9. Mark Stewart
Conor Brennan
Andy Murdoch
Thomas O'Ware
Ricki Lamie
Michael Doyle
Gary Oliver
Bob McHugh
Michael Tidser
Mark Russell
Luca Gasparatto
Frank Ross

19. Jamie Ewings
15. Dougie Hill
7. Calum Gallagher
21. Danny Handling
8. David Wilson
24. Kevin Nisbet
23. Iain Russell
Derek Gaston
Gary Harkins
Scott Tiffoney
Lewis Strapp
Ruaridh Langan
Darren Hynes

Kevin Nisbet for Mark Stewart (57)
Danny Handling for Dimitris Froxylias (62)
Iain Russell for Liam Burt (67)
Gary Harkins for Luca Gasparatto (53)
Scott Tiffoney for Bob McHugh (66)

Aidan Wilson (29)
Luca Gasparatto (39)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)
George King & Willie Conquer (Assistants)

Photography by Donald Fullarton

Match Report


Dumbarton are back down to Earth.

If Saturday's semi-final victory was euphoria, this was the stark reminder.

Sons by no means played poorly in this game, but they lost out on any points through the same frustrations that have hindered them in the Championship of late.

They could have been 3-0 up inside eight minutes. Instead they were 1-0 down after 73, and that was how it stayed.

To add to the frustration, Morton's goal was scored by Thomas O'Ware from a corner - far from the first time such a set piece has led to a concession.

It is still not too late to secure a seventh Championship season without the need to extend the season into May.

But whatever happens in the Irn Bru Cup, something needs to happen in the league now.

Saturday's trip to Falkirk has now taken on must-win status and even then, there is a long road back. But there is still a road.

After two minutes of this game, Dimitris Froxylias had a shot from 20 yards, and why not after Saturday? However, the keeper touched his shot over.

Liam Burt and Andy Stirling each had a shot saved before Froxylias again had a chance.

He was inches from goal, but...the ball took a bad bounce, and went over.

The Cypriot then tried again with a 20-yard volley after Morton headed only half clear, but it was just past.

After Scott Gallacher saved well from Gary Oliver, Burt also missed the woodwork by not very much. Bob McHugh then missed when well-placed for the visitors.

Sons were in control, but as long as chances weren't being taken, there was every possibility that this could be the latest lesson in their importance.

And with 28 minutes played of a pedestrian second half, that sermon was delivered, although Gallacher looked to have done what needed doing when he saved from Mark Russell.

Neither he nor anybody else could stop the unchallenged O'Ware heading home the resulting corner.

The closest Dumbarton got to equalising was a Danny Handling header from Stirling's cross which went wide.

The phrase is 'We go again'.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at February 20th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Gallacher (GK)28 35 - 35 -
Liam Dick22 5 - 5 -
Andy Dowie34 33 - 33 -
Aidan Wilson 19 2 - 2 -
Liam Burt19 2 - 2 -
Stuart Carswell24 241401
Dimitris Froxylias24 215215
Kyle Hutton27 29 - 29 -
David Smith24 201632
Andy Stirling 27 1 - 423
Mark Stewart29 234234
Danny Handling (sub)24 9191
Kevin Nisbet (sub)20 3 - 3 -
Iain Russell (sub)35 6112336

League Table (as at February 20th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.