Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : Morton

Sat, 17th Sep 2016 Kick Off: 15:00

Morton 2 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 17th Sep 2016

Ladbrokes Championship: Ryan Williamson dropped out to make way for Ben Richards-Everton. Gary Oliver (24) 1-0: Nicky Clark (30) 1-1. Jai Quitongo (84) 2-1

Bright sunshine welcomed Dunfermline to the Tail of the Bank for this Ladbrokes Championship match against Greenock Morton. The home side had Ricki Lamie (injured) and Mark Russell (suspended) missing and Jamie Lindsay dropped to the bench. New signing Gavin Gunning started and Aidan Nesbitt and Jamie McDonough were promoted off the bench.

Allan Johnston made one change to the Dunfermline side that started against Dundee United Ben Richards-Everton coming in for Ryan Williamson.

A serious tailback caused by roadworks on the north bound Erskine Bridge caused great delays for the Fifers travelling support and the sun kissed terracing behind the west end goal took some time to fill up.

The teams changed ends before Morton kicked off attacking the goal in front of the Pars support. First chance came within two minutes when Gavin Reilly controlled the ball on the right side of the opposition penalty box and cut back for Nicky Clark to attack in a central position just inside the box but Jamie McDonough slid in to stop the shot.

Next Michael Paton despatched a speculative drive over the bar but then in sixth minute a free kick allowed him to float the ball over for Richards-Everton to head on target but keeper Andy McNeill reached to palm away the netbound ball.

Play switched immediately to the other end with Jai Quitongo troubling Lee Ashcroft and in front of goal he fed the ball to his right for Gary Oliver but David Hutton made a good job of blocking the forward`s shot.

In 12th minute any McNeill was out sharpish to take the ball at the feet of Reilly. Next minute Richards-Everton cleared a Quitongo shot off the line after he had beaten off Ashcroft`s challenge and hit the ball past the advancing Hutton.

Referee Kevin Clancy had words with Andy Geggan after the Pars captain clearly felt that his former team mate, Ross Forbes had overreacted to his challenge. Three minutes later Oliver drilled a shot at the heels of Geggan and then a 21st minute corner was sent over by Paton. Morton cleared but both Lee Kilday and Gunning required the physios on.

After a two minute interval play resumed and OLIVER was then able to latch on to a through ball and shake of his challenger sufficiently to rifle in a shot from the edge of the box. 24th minute, 1-0

Kilday was forced to retire three minutes later Jamie Lindsay taking his place although a reshuffle saw McDonagh go to right back to make way for the midfielder. Paul McMullan had two attempts, the first clipping the roof of the net as it went behind and his second being well blocked 18 yards out. The Pars then got a welcome equaliser on the half hour when a Callum Fordyce shot was deflected past McNeill by Nicky CLARK. 1-1

A Rhys McCabe free kick from half way created more danger in the Morton box and their stand in right back was happy to concede a corner by heading behind. When Paton delivered that from the right, Ashcroft`s glancing header sent the ball wide left.

In 37 minutes Geggan directed his looping pass to Reilly on the left of the Morton box but the loanee Jambo fired his effort across goal. Oliver was being most influential in getting Morton forward but Dunfermline soaked up a couple of forays towards Hutton`s goal. Geggan and McMullan combined to create a chance but no one read the move before Oliver fired a shot straight at Hutton.

It was a very competitive first half in which the home side edged the possession but failed to get many shots in on goal. Dunfermline had their chances and forced four corners to Morton`s two but it was all square at the break.

Half time: Morton 1 Dunfermline 1

Morton certainly started the second half the stronger. Kudus Oyenuga had his shot blocked and then in 48 minutes Oliver was able to fend off Richards-Everton sufficiently for the Morton no.7 to hit a low shot that escaped just wide left.

Reilly turned and shot over the crossbar after Fordyce headed down a McCabe cross. Geggan required physio Kenny Murray`s treatment in 52 minutes but was able to continue. Nine minutes into the second half Joe Cardle was introduced in place of Paul McMullan but Forbes then flighted in a free kick from the left that Ashcroft cleared first time.

It was 58th minute when a Geggan through ball picked out Cardle but the Pars sub`s shot from an angle on the right was turned behind by McNeill. Richards-Everton headed wide left when Paton executed the corner.

The home crowd were screaming for a penalty in 63rd minute when Richards-Everton slid in on Quitongo on the left side of the box. McCabe hit a 35 yard free kick low for the keeper to hold down at his right hand post.

The match opened up a bit and Nesbitt drove the ball on target but Richards-Everton blocked the shot and then a diagonal ball into the Pars box narrowly evaded Oliver at the right post. A Forbes free kick in 71 minutes curled from the right touchline across the face of the Dunfermline goal.

At the other end sub Kallum Higginbotham tried to find Cardle in front of goal but the `Ton defence did its job. Cardle played a sweet ball into the path of Reilly but his effort got blocked. Final throw of the dice for Allan Johnston was Farid El Alagui coming on with eleven minutes to go, replacing the luckless Reilly.

Time was running out for the sides but both believed they could snatch a win. Morton sent their 82nd minute corner wide but twoi minutes later when an overstruck cross from the left reached sub Scott Tiffoney he cut it back for QUITONGO to find the net off the underside of the crossbar. 2-1

With the Fifers pushing up Oliver was able to hit on the break but fortunately picked out Hutton`s hands. In the second minute of added time Fordyce`s cross into the box for Cardle could not be controlled and the Pars last chance for a point was gone.

MORTON: Andy McNeil: Lee Kilday (Jamie Lindsay 27), Tom O`Ware, Gavin Gunning, Michael Doyle, Aidan Nesbitt (Scott Tiffoney 73), Jamie McDonagh, Ross Forbes, Jai Quitongo, Gary Oliver (Tom Orr 90), Kudus Oyenuga
SUBS NOT USED: Jon Scullion, Ciaran McAleer, Lewis Strapp, Jamie McGowan (GK)
SCORERS: Oliver (24), Quitongo (84)
YELLOW CARD: McDonagh (61), Quitongo (72)

DUNFERMLINE: David Hutton, Lee Ashcroft, Callum Fordyce, Ben Richards-Everton, Lewis Martin, Michael Paton (Kallum Higginbotham 66), Andy Geggan (c), Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Joe Cardle 54), Gavin Reilly (Farid El Alagui 79), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, John Herron, Michael Moffat, Sean Murdoch (GK)
SCORERS: Clark (30)
YELLOW CARD: Martin (59), Clark (61), Cardle (65), Richards-Everton (89)

REFEREE: Kevin Clancy
WEATHER: Sunny 16C
ATTENDANCE 1756

NEXT MATCH: SPFL Championship (home) v St Mirren, Saturday 24th September 2016, 5.15pm kick off at East End Park


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Preview Morton

Saturday, 17th Sep 2016

Morton have played five league games, three of which they drew and two they lost.

Having played the top four teams in the division in their last four matches Allan Johnston`s team now meet the team that shares 8th place with them. Without a league win Morton may sound like easier `meat` but then the Greenock club will be out to continue their winning sequence against Dunfermline to five matches.

Pars v Morton: The Full League Record

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P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

45

24

9

12

86

54

At Cappielow

44

17

12

15

54

52

TOTALS

89

41

21

27

140

106

Last Matches between the clubs.

20/09/14: In 89 league meetings Dunfermline have won just over half, 21 have been drawn and Morton have won 27. . In September 2014 when Dunfermline travelled to Greenock they were top of the league. . Morton striker Declan McManus opened the scoring in 29 minutes but when Ross Millen equalised from the penalty spot in 72 minutes hopes were renewed that a win was possible. . Unfortunately those hopes lasted just four minutes until Connor Pepper scored the winner.

25/10/14: Alex Whittle and Shaun Byrne came into the team for the return just a month later and Faissal El Bakhtaoui put the Pars into a 1-0 lead early in the second half. Tom O`Ware equalised however with eleven minutes remaining and Declan McManus grabbed a 93rd minute winner.

Milestones v Morton (Away)

Last League Victory

13/04/13

1-0

First Div

Last League Defeat

24/01/15

0-2

League One

Best League Victory

11/12/99
23/08/88
25/11/67

3-0
3-0
3-0

Div 1
Prem League
Div1*

Worst League Defeat

14/08/26
19/04/08

0-3
0-3

Div 1*
First Div

*Pre league reconstruction

24/01/15: The second match at Cappielow in front of a live television audience was a 2-0 home win courtesy of a Ross Caldwell goal midway through the second half and a Peter MacDonald second nine minutes from time extended the Pars games without a win to seven.

28/03/15: The last meeting in 2014-15 was at East End Park in March. Morton put an end to the slim hopes Dunfermline had of making a play off place. Stuart Urquhart came in for Lewis Martin but strikes from Stefan McCluskey (45), Lee Kilday (50), Declan McManus (76) and Mark Russell (90) polished off the Pars ambitions.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton
28/03/15 H L 0-4 League One
24/01/15 A L 0-2 League One
25/10/14 H L 1-2 League One
20/09/14 A L 1-2 League One
13/04/13 A W 1-0 Scottish Division One
23/02/13 H L 1-4 Scottish Division One
29/12/12 A L 2-4 Scottish Division One
20/10/12 H D 2-2 Scottish Division One
30/04/11 A W 2-0 Scottish Division One
05/03/11 H L 1-3 Scottish Division One
06/11/10 A L 1-2 Scottish Division One
14/08/10 H W 2-0 Scottish Division One

Only three wins over Morton in the last twelve meetings is not a great record but both the two most recent wins were at Cappielow. Dunfermline lost all four league meetings in season 2014-15.

Morton Dunfermline .
Current League Position
9 8
League Points
3 3
Goal Difference
-5 -5
League Form
DDDLL WLLLL
League Record
P5, W0, D3, L2 P5, W1, D0, L4
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Recent Form

Morton started the season strongly winning all four of their Betfred League Cup matches meaning they will face Dundee United on the Tuesday following this Saturday`s Championship match against the Pars. Since the 2-1 win over Hamilton on 9th August, Morton have played five league games, three of which they drew and two they lost. The `Ton have also been knocked out of the Irn-Bru Cup by Queens Park.

The Pars took confidence out of their Irn-Bru Cup win at Brechin but following the opening Championship match against Dumbarton the Pars have now lost four league matches in a row.

  Form last six matches
 . Morton .  .

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 . Dunfermline .
 . Ayr United (A)

 .L

1-2  . Dundee United (H)  .L

 .1-3

 . Queens Park (A) L 0-2  . Brechin City (A) W

5-1

 . Hibs (A) L 0-4  . Queen of South (H)  .L

 .0-1

 . Dumbarton (H) D 1-1  . Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
 . Falkirk (H) D 1-1  . Hibernian (A) L 1-2
 . Hamilton (A)

W

2-1  . Dumbarton (H) W 4-3

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United):
 David Hutton, Ryan Williamson (Farid El Alagui 76), Lee Ashcroft, Callum Fordyce, Lewis Martin (Joe Cardle 83), Michael Paton, Andy Geggan (c), Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan, Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Kallum Higginbotham, John Herron, Ben Richards-Everton, Michael Moffat, Cammy Gill (GK)

MORTON (v Ayr United): Andy McNeil: Lee Kilday, Tom O`Ware, Ricki Lamie (A Nesbitt 21), Mark Russell, Michael Doyle, Ross Forbes, Jamie Lindsay, Jose Quitongo, Gary Oliver (Tom Orr 77), Kudus Oyenuga (Jamie McDonough 66)
SUBS NOT USED: Jon Scullion, Ciaran McAleer, Scott Tiffoney, James McGowan (GK).

Referee for the match will be Kevin Clancy

C`mon Ye Pars!



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