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Sons 2 Morton 0

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Bryan Prunty slots his penalty home on the stroke of half time. 1-0. Photo BBC Sport

Ian Murray said after yesterday’s game that the team had played better at Dundee last week despite having been defeated 3-0. One has to worry for Kenny Shiels and his team if yesterday’s performance was Morton benefiting from a new manager ‘bounce’. They looked lacklustre to say the least and apart from a 10-15 minute spell in the second half looked unlikely to score.

The Sons penalty was rather a soft handball just before half time. The ref in fact was pretty poor with only one of his five yellow cards being justified IMHO.

The introduction of Kane for Prunty (most Sons fans would I think have been happy to see Nish depart the action instead) proved decisive. Nish made a hash of a great chance in front of goal but managed to prod the rebound across goal for the inrushing Kane to head Sons into an unassailable lead.

Ian Murray was right in that Sons can play better. However with the first choice goalkeeper injured, the most bustling forward out ill and having lost our on -loan centre back Aaron Barry to Sheffield Utd during the week, the replacement spine of the team did pretty well – including former Morton defender Mark McLaughlin. Mind you he looked pretty slow and I’d guess that more efficient attacking play will trouble him somewhat.

An interesting footnote here is that BLFP correspondent Ferncake had the duty of choosing yesterday’s man of the match. In the supporters bar before the action he declared with tongue in cheek and glint in eye that right back Paul McGinn, Dumbarton born brother of St Mirren’s John and grandson of former Celtic chairman Jack, would be man of the match.

It came as no surprise when the man of the match award went to……….Paul McGinn. This was no simple favouritism from Ferncake for a local lad, he really has been Sons top performer this season and was Sons best player yesterday by some way.

The watching A McCoist would have been impressed.

Something you don’t often see

A Scottish League football ground filled nearly to capacity:

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A mere 24 hours after seeing Dumbarton lose out against Raith Rovers my daughter and I took in the Partick Thistle v Morton game last night in the same division.
Same division but a different league.
The Sons and Rovers had attracted fewer that 600 souls to their match on Tuesday, whereas there was just short of 9,000 at Firhill last night with the kick off being delayed for twenty minutes to allow the crowd access to the stadium. We initially paid our way into the stand pictured above but there clearly weren’t enough seats for everyone to be accommodated so the stewards directed us on to the track and to the stand behind the goals.

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The Plastic Whistle players celebrate what turned out to be the winning goal last night.

It wasn’t a great game. The decisive moment came in the 41st minute via a cross from Thistle’s Chris Erskine which First Division Player of the Month Kris Doolan just failed to connect with. However James Craigen picked it up at the far post and converted the opportunity with ease.

It looks like Thistle are headed for the SPL. I wonder if Firhill will house as big a crowd as last night at any game next season?

Embarrassment of Ritchie’s?

A strange (illustrated) message arrived in the BLFP inbox this morning:

Blast from the past –

Dunbarton Fc v Morton at the bog

Morton legend ” Andy Ritchie ” took a free kick – it went thru the legs of six Sons players straight into the back of the net. the goalie didn’t even see it . Morton went on to win 6-1 , I wiz there,

Phil

So, Sons fans, did this happen? I remember a sore defeat one year around new year from the ‘ton but I think that was 4-0. Is Phil recounting a detailed happy memory? or is he haverin’ an’ scribblin’ a dream sequence……..?

Through the legs of six players…..? hmmmm.

Sons 0 Morton 1

Due to staff holidays I couldn’t make the game yesterday. From friends who were there, and reports, I gather that it was a fair result. Any chance of a late comeback was apparently scuppered by Scott Chaplain collecting two yellow cards and therefore a sending off.

Cup Fever…Continued

After their creditable draw last Saturday with Morton at Cappielow, Sons go into Saturday’s replay knowing that a victory will yield the reward of a visit by Celtic in the next round.

The replay has been made all ticket which has been the subject of much discussion by supporters. I understand though that Dumbarton, having been given an estimate of the numbers likely to travel from Greenock by Morton, had little alternative but to make it ticket only.

Jim sends me the following clip which is from December 1890. This was the last time Dumbarton defeated Celtic in the Scottish cup in a quarter final at Boghead in front of 10,000. Two goals from Mair and one from Bell made it a 3-0 victory for Sons.

“Shortly before the finish a spectator quarreled with one of the Celts and a number rushed on to the field. The police and officials got the ground cleared however and the game was finished.”

Just the small matter of the replay to ensure a rematch!

Morton 0 Sons 0

Still in the cup and that’s something of a rarity for Sons fans to be saying!

As a bit of lazy journalism here’s the BBC report:

Dumbarton earned a Scottish Cup third-round replay at the home of First Division side Morton.

Sons goalkeeper Jan Vojacek made a great stop to keep out Jim McAllister’s effort from 10 yards.

Erik Paartalu then went close for Morton with a drive from 30 yards which was again well stopped by Vojacek.

Dumbarton’s Scott Chaplain hit his shot straight into the arms of Colin Stewart and the home keeper made a fine late save to deny substitute Derek Carcary.

Sons defended well and could easily have nicked it near the end.

The replay is at SHS Dumbarton on Saturday at 3pm.

Two comments from away supporters worthy of comment. As we disembarked from the supporters bus in Greenock one wag said

“Well Rab how does it feel to have been on a full bus with a collective IQ of 842?”

And in the Norseman Bar another fan asked “What’s the definition of confusion?” “Father’s day in Easterhouse!”

A Bit of History

The match today, between Morton and Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup, isboth teams’ 300th appearance in the competition

Thanks to Jim once again!