Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2012-2013 : Morton

Sat, 13th Apr 2013 Kick Off: 15:00

Morton 0 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 13th Apr 2013

IRN BRU First Division: Geggan, Morris and Husband out, Potter, Munro and Kane in. Thomson (10) 0-1

Morton 0 Dunfermline 1

MATCH PICTURES
The fourth last game of the season took Jim Jefferies` Babes to the Tail of the Bank.  From the side that lost to Hamilton the previous Saturday, the Pars were without the injured Andy Geggan and Callum Morris (hamstring) and their selection problems were compounded by the suspension of Stephen Husband. That meant that John Potter, child of the seventies, came into a side whose dates of birth were separated by a decade.  Defender Grant Munro made his first top team start and Chris Kane returned to midfield.

For Morton Martin Hardie and Michael Tidser were missing from the side defeated at Firhill in midweek. Former Pars defender Kevin Rutkiewicz dropped to the bench.

So with just four over age players (Hrivnak, Falkingham, Thomson and Potter) it was virtually an Under 20s team that Dunfermline started off with. Colin McMenamin got the match underway with the home side attacking the goal at the east end and it was Morton who took up the initiative in the opening minutes.

Grant Munro had a good early deployment looking impressive as he mopped up a Morton foray. Dunfermline won a sixth minute corner from a Ross Millen free kick but when Millen delivered it in from the right Kane just couldn`t get enough on it and Morton cleared.

The Pars were to take the lead in ten minutes after Alex Whittle`s interception just inside the opposition half set up Allan Smith. The young striker took on the `Ton defence and as he made ground into the penalty box slipped the ball right for Ryan THOMSON to score the opening goal on his 22nd birthday. Pars 1-0 up.

Morton had the ball in the net eight minutes later when a long throw in from Scott Taggart was met in the box for a Morton strike but the ball beat Michal Hrivnak off David O`Brien in an offside position. The keeper then had to palm a Kyle Wilkie header over his crossbar and he then held the corner when it was played in from the right.

The first substitution of the match was then required after Fouad Bachirou was dazed in a clash with one of his own players as they challenged Chris Kane. That heralded the introduction of former Pars winger David Graham. On the half hour Smith forced a corner on the right and Potter was not far away from getting his head to Millen`s delivery.

Despite still in with some hope of promotion, Morton looked decidedly nervous and let Dunfermline do more attacking than their supporters and manager were happy with. News of Airdrie United going ahead against Partick Thistle seemed to transmit on to the park and the effort was upped as the interval approached.

A Mark McLaughlin free kick slipped through to Graham but Whittle dealt well and then Potter was called upon to put in a crucial header. Dunfermline then looked comfortable with territorial advantage before the half time whistle. Kerr Young had a half chance from a Millen corner but to go in one up with such a young team was a great achievement. Whatsmore for those Pars fans fortunate to witness the Babes play there was optimism for the second 45.

Half time: Morton 0 Dunfermline 1

Morton started the second half strongly with the Pars forced back. It was 53rd minute before Dunfermline had a concerted spell in the Morton half. Smith and Thomson worked hard at relieving the pressure on their defence and even Munro found himself forward to neatly sidestep Tony Wallace.

Graham then got caught by Byrne but was able to continue after treatment and when Jordan Halsman pumped a free kick in from the left Munro headed behind for a corner that caused further problems. Chris Kane did well to force Peter MacDonald`s effort wide at the right post.

Allan Moore threw on Aidan Fulton and Archie Campbell as the home side went to three at the back and went for it. Graham had a looping cross that landed on the roof of the Pars net. Then a free kick that had earned Kane a yellow card was floated into the Pars box and McLaughlin`s knock down just evaded MacDonald.

As the game entered its final quarter Whittle went down in the box but there was no real appeals for a penalty but minutes later Smith robbed Taggart out on the left and homed in on goal. The youngster chose to shoot from an acute angle and hit the sidenetting. A cut back for Thomson might have been a much better option.

Wilkie sent a dangerous inswinging free kick through the Pars box in 72 minutes but Morton were now going forward in waves and you had to fear for the visitors. The Pars fans were applauding all the defensive efforts. Hrivnak tipped a header over the bar and then Fulton sent an attempt over the bar.

Jim Jefferies gives Lewis Martin first team debut

There was a breather on 80 minutes when Whittle went down with a back strain. There was a left back on the bench fortunately so Ross Drummond entered the fray. Defending continued to be the task as Morton pushed for an equaliser. They survived a Taggart speciality long throw thanks to Munro and then an off target McMenamin shot.

Hrivnak kept out a cross in 88 minutes that was net bound off Potter and then McLaughlin headed narrowly wide. The Pars keeper then held a low drive and dealt with a 93rd minute corner. There was still time for Morton to pass over their best chance of the day with MacDonald remarkably sending his effort over the bar from six yards.

What a performance from the young boys and a great win at Cappielow. Only downside, Cowdenbeath managed a 1-0 win at Starks Park.

MATCH PICTURES
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Pars remaining home games

MORTON: Derek Gaston; Scott Taggart, Jordan Halsman (Archie Campbell 62), Craig Reid, Mark McLaughlin, Kyle Wilkie, David O`Brien (Aidan Fulton 60), Tony Wallace, Fouad Bachirou (David Graham 29), Peter MacDonald, Colin McMenamin.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin Rutkiewicz, David Hutton (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Wilie (68)

DUNFERMLINE: Michal Hrivnak, Ross Millen, Kerr Young, John Potter, Grant Munro, Alex Whittle (Ross Drummond 81); Chris Kane, Shaun Byrne, Josh Falkingham (c), Allan Smith (Lewis Martin 91), Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Blair Henderson, Ryan Goodfellow (GK).
SCORERS: Thomson (10)
YELLOW CARD: Kane (65)

REFEREE: Euan Norris
WEATHER: Fine 11C
ATTENDANCE 1634

NEXT MATCH: Scottish First Division (home) v Cowdenbeath
Saturday 20th April 2013, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Morton

Wednesday, 10th Apr 2013

After winning six matches in a row against Morton, Dunfermline have now won only once in the last six.

Mortons second goal

When Dunfermline played Morton at Cappielow in the last league match of 2012 two points separated the Pars in third and the `Ton in second. Now just 115 days later Morton remain second and have 64 points, Dunfermline who had 30 points in December now lie ninth after the deduction of fifteen penalty points and have 27 points. 

Pars v Morton: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

43

24

9

10

85

48

At Cappielow

41

16

12

13

52

48

TOTALS

84

40

21

23

137

96

Ryan Wallace and Jordan McMillan

In 84 league meetings Dunfermline have won almost half but this season has yielded only one point from the possible nine. That solitary point came at East End Park in October when it looked all three were to be heading the visitors way, that was until a Stephen Husband penalty and a late Ryan Wallace strike saved a point. 

In December the Pars went down 4-2 at Cappielow despite leading for more than a third of the game. Callum Morris had headed the Fifers into a tenth minute lead but conceded an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Two quick goals early in the second half flattened the Pars hopes and although Ryan Wallace got it back to 3-2 with 13 minutes to go, Michael Tidser polished the Pars off as they fought for the equaliser.

Ryan Wallace nets Pars second

Morton scored another four goals against Dunfermline when they returned to East End Park in February.  Callum Morris scored yet again but unfortunately Dunfermline were 4-0 down at that stage seven minutes from time.

Milestones v Morton (Away)

Last League Victory

30/04/11

2-0

First Div

Last League Defeat

29/12/13

2-4

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

Callum Morris opens the scoring

After winning six matches in a row against Morton, Dunfermline have now won only once in the last six. There have been one draw and four Morton wins in the last twelve matches. The last win at Cappielow was the 2-0 win in April 2011 when Steven McDougall and David Graham were the goalscorers and the First Division title was claimed..

Last Twelve Matches v Morton
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
24/04/10 H W 4-1 Scottish Division One
27/02/10 A W 2-1 Scottish Division One
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

 Allan Moore at East End Park

Morton Dunfermline 
Current League Position
2 9
League Points
64 27
Goal Difference
+30 +2
Last Six League Form
WWWLWL DDLLDL
Home / Away Record
P16, W11, D2, L3 P16, W7, D4, L5

penalty award

Recent Form

Morton lost 1-0 on Wednesday night when they met league leaders Partick Thistle at Firhill. That was their second defeat in three games and the consequence is that there is now a five point gap between Thistle and Morton. This will no doubt strengthen Allan Moore`s side`s desire to make up for things on Saturday.. Dunfermline have failed to win in their last ten games and are now desperately in need of points if they are to avoid the play offs. Cowdenbeath in eighth are three points ahead but have an inferior goal difference..

   Form last six league matches
  Morton  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline
  Partick Thistle (A)

 L

0-1   Hamilton (H)  L

 2-3

  Airdrie United (H) W 5-2   Livingston (A) D 2-2
  Raith Rovers (A) L 1-2   Falkirk (H)   L  0-2
  Cowdenbeath (H) W 4-2   Dumbarton (H) L 3-4
  Dumbarton (A) W 3-0   Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
  Falkirk (H)

W

1-0   Airdrie United (A)   D  3-3

Martin Hardie and Andy Barrowman

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Hamilton Accies): Michal Hrivnak, Ross Millen,  Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Alex Whittle; Andy Geggan (Chris Kane 44), Shaun Byrne, Stephen Husband (Blair Henderson 84), Josh Falkingham, Allan Smith, Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Fayssal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow

MORTON (v Partick Thistle)Derek Gaston; Tom O`Ware (Scott Taggart 46), Kevin Rutkiewicz, Craig Reid, Mark McLaughlin (Kyle Wilkie 76), Martin Hardie, David O`Brien, Michael Tidser, Fouad Bachirou, Peter MacDonald, Colin McMenamin (Archie Campbell 68)
SUBS NOT USED: David Hutton, David Graham.

Referee for the match will be Euan Norris. Stephen Husband is suspended for this match.

C`mon Ye Pars!

Pars remaining home games



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