Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Morton

Sat, 27th Feb 2010 Kick Off: 15:00

Morton 1 Dunfermline 2

Saturday, 27th Feb 2010

IRN BRU First Division: Ryan McGuffie (55) 1-0 Morton. Kirk (70) 1-1. Mason (77) 1-2 Pars

Jim McIntyre claims Greenock is a difficult place to go to but he probably wasn`t meaning the snowy conditions on the M8.  Leaving the white pyramids of Bathgate and the snow covered Kirk o` Shotts graveyard where the tombstones stood out like Chinese soldiers the journey to the Clyde `riviera` was much easier after Euorcentral.  Conditions at the tail of the bank were perfect for football and Macca brought in Calum Woods for Andy Dowie and Andy Kirk for Willie Gibson.  Nine years after first playing for the Pars, Gary Mason made his second Dunfermline debut in place of Alex Burke.

Morton Manager James Grady was forced into making one change - Carlo Monti came in for the suspended Kevin Finlayson.

Dunfermline kicked off attacking the goal at the east end of the ground and for most of the opening ten minutes they took the game towards Colin Stewart in the Morton goal. Cardle sent Mason up the right but his cut back to McCann was intercepted but when Graham fed the ball back to Greg Ross his firmly delivered ball into the box found Kirk but he could not control it well enough to get the shot in.

David Graham and Steven Bell v Morton

The Pars forced two corners in 11 minutes and although the second found Kirk and then Bell the Greenock defence held firm. A swiftly moved ball from Graham to Cardle two minutes later produced the first shot of the match but Joe was well wide right.

In 16th minute a fine move out of defence from Woods, right to Ross then on to Bell was fed to Cardle for another shot at goal. This time Stewart had to parry the well hit attempt and Phinn`s cut back from the left byeline was forced away.  Graham was next to threaten and he almost set up Cardle but only a corner could be won.

Steven Masterton hit a fine 35 yards free kick that Greg Fleming dived at full stretch to turn around his left hand post in 21 minutes.  Morton then won another corner and turned the heat up a bit on the visitors.  Within another two minutes Dunfermline were back at the other end and Stewart did really well to keep out Woods powerful header on a Cardle corner.  Bell was unfortunate with the follow up as his drive was blocked.

Gary Mason v Morton

Erik Paartulu came on for Carlo Monti who had not been terribly prominent and apparently the Morton no.7 got changed and went home. Nevertheless Morton had their best chance so far in 34 minutes when Ryan McGuffie lumped forward a big ball from the halfway line and Peter Weatherson looked to be in on goal but Neil McGregor recovered to put the striker off and Fleming dived to the deck to smother the ball.

David Graham had a shot off a Bell pass but his attempt was curled well wide right. The sun came out momentarily with six minutes to the break but it wasn`t for Cardle`s attempts to get himself into a shooting position.  Eventually it was McCann who swung the ball over but it dropped behind the goal.

At the interval even the Morton fans could concede that the Fifers were ahead on points but as Jim McIntyre always says `its goals that change games`.

Half Time: Morton 0 Dunfermline 0

The Pars were out fully two minutes waiting on their opponents and eventually it was Russell and McAlister who got the second half underway. Dunfermline made one half time substitution, Chris Higgins replacing Neil McGregor.

Morton score 1-0

Two minutes into the half Graham curled a shot inches around the Morton right goalpost but it was the home side who got the opening in 55 minutes.  A good free kick from Masterton on the right cleared Phinn and Cardle for Ryan McGUFFIE to glance away at Fleming`s right hand post.

Willie Gibson was thrown on to replace Phinn just before the hour and he immediately rifled a shot from the right angle of the box but it broke off Cardle. Graham had his fine effort headed behind by Shimmin and the home defence continued to head away crosses from Cardle.

Morton v Dunfermline

Weatherson played a neat deflection in front of Russell but Woods made a great tackle to rob the striker of a chance to make it 2-0.  McGuffie then found Weatherson on the edge of the box but Mason made a timely interception.

Greachen was booked as the Pars were awarded a free kick 30 yards out but Stewart held Gibson`s low drive.  Ross Campbell came on for Joe Cardle and within a minute the game was back on level terms. Nothing to do with the sub however although Graham was wide left to pick out Andy KIRK and he turned his man to stick the ball away to the keeper`s left.

Andy Kirk scores v Morton

In 78 minutes Steven Bell chased the ball to the byeline on the right.  Keeper Stewart came out but the Pars player followed the ball as the keeper missed it.  Bell then crossed to Campbell on the right side of the box and he cut the ball back for Gary MASON to ram the ball in at the left goalpost from 20 yards. Mace`s first Pars goal since 18th November 2006 against Dundee United.

Gary Mason scores or Dunfermline v Morton

Dunfermline looked more comfortable with the lead; Graham came close and Campbell made another opening on the right but no one was there to convert his cross.  Still it was a fine win having come back from the goal down.  For luckless Morton it was their seventh home defeat of the season.

Easter banner 2010

MORTON: Colin Stewart, Ryan McGuffie, Dominic Shimmin, Alan Reid, Stewart Greachen (c), Steven Masterton, Allan Jenkins (Brian Graham 83), Brian Graham,, Carlo Monti (Erik Paartulu 32), Jim McAlister, Iain Russell (Donovan Simmons 72)l, Peter Weatherson
SUBS NOT USED: David McGregor, Kevin Cuthbert (GK)
SCORERS: McGuffie (55),
YELLOW CARD: Greachen (68)

DUNFERMLINE: Greg Fleming; Greg Ross, Neil McGregor (Chris Higgins HT), Calum Woods, Austin McCann (c); Steven Bell, Gary Mason, Nick Phinn (Willie Gibson 59); David Graham, Joe Cardle (Ross Campbell 69); Andy Kirk.
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Burke, Greg Paterson (GK)
SCORERS: Kirk (70), Mason (77)
YELLOW CARD: Mason (44), Gibson (88)

REFEREE: Craig Thomson
WEATHER: Dry 5°C
ATTENDANCE 1776

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Preview Morton

Wednesday, 24th Feb 2010

Dunfermline travel to Greenock on Saturday to face Morton in their first home league match since 12th December.

Morton v Dunfermline 15.08.09

Dunfermline travel to Greenock on Saturday to face  Morton in their first home league match since 12th December. Dunfermline have six points from the previous two matches this season and apart from Morton only the three games against Partick Thistle have brought Jim McIntyre`s team that many points. . 

Pars v Morton: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

38

22

8

8

75

38

At Cappielow

37

14

12

11

45

41

Division One (up to 1975)

20

10

5

5

38

22

Division Two (up to 1975)

16

7

5

4

27

22

Premier League (since 1975)

4

3

1

0

10

3

First Division (since 1975)

33

13

9

9

43

31

TOTALS

75

36

20

19

120

79

Morton have eleven home wins to the Pars 14 wins in Greenock.

Andy Kirk comes close v Morton

Milestones v Morton (Away)

Last League Victory

24/10/09

3-1

SFL

Last League Defeat

28/02/09

1-2

First Div

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

Dunfermline have won five of the last twelve meetings with Morton. There have been two draws and five Morton wins. The last meeting at Cappielow was a 2-0 win in August when Andy Kirk and Joe Cardle were the goalscorers.

Last Twelve Matches v Morton
24-10-09 H W 3-1 Scottish Division One
15-08-09 A W 2-0 Scottish Division One
05-05-09 H W 2-1 Scottish Division One
28-02-09 A L 1-2 Scottish Division One
22-11-08 H L 0-1 Scottish Division One
27-09-08 A D 1-1 Scottish Division One
19-04-08 A L

0-3

Scottish Division One
26-01-08 H W

 2-0

Scottish Division One
26-12-07 A W

1-0

Scottish Division One
11-08-07 H L

0-1

Scottish Division One
06-05-00 A L

0-2

Scottish Division One
12-02-00 H D 1-1 Scottish Division One

League Stats

Morton sit just two places below the Pars nine points behind with a game in hand. The Ton have only defeated Airdrie United and Raith Rovers at home this league season. Dunfermline are still looking upwards despite being 17 points behind the leaders Dundee.

Morton Dunfermline 
Current League Position
8 6
League Points
21 30
Last Six Home/Away League Form
LLLLWW DDLWDL
Home / Away Record
P8, W2, D0, L6 P11, W4, D3, L4

Recent Form

   Recent Form this season - home / away
  Morton (home)  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline (away)
  Celtic L 0-1   Ross County D 2-2
  Queen of the South L 1-2   Stenhousemuir W 2-1
  Dumbarton D 0-0   Partick Thistle W 4-1
  Raith Rovers W 5-0   Dundee L 2-3
  Partick Thistle L 0-2   Ayr United L 0-1
  Dundee   L 0-1   Queen of the South W 2-1

Andy kirk v Morton 15.08.09

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United): Greg Fleming; Greg Ross (Calum Woods 81), Neil McGregor, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann (c); Willie Gibson Ross Campbell (HT), Steven Bell, Nick Phinn (Jim McIntyre 62), Alex Burke, David Graham, Joe Cardle.
SUBS NOT USED:  Gary Mason, Greg Paterson (GK)

MORTON (v Dundee): Colin Stewart, Ryan McGuffie, Dominic Shimmin, Alan Reid, Stewart Greachen, Steven Masterton, Allan Jenkins, Kevin Finlayson, Jim McAlister, Iain Russell, (McKinlay 80), Peter Weatherson (Brian Graham 88) 
SUBS NOT USED: David McGregor, Michael Tidser, Kevin Cuthbert

Morton have Kevin Finlayson suspended for a red card a week past Saturday at Palmerston Park.  Referee for the match will be Craig Thomson.

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