Greenock Morton 0
Dundee 1
League (Division One)


Morton 

0 - 1

Dundee


League (Division One)
Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 2,217
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Leigh Griffiths (77)

Team Managers
Allan McManus Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Stewart
2. Stewart Greacen
3. Allan McManus
4. David MacGregor
5. Ryan McGuffie
6. Allan Jenkins
7. Neil MacFarlane
8. Jim McAlister
9. Kevin Finlayson
10. Brian Graham
11. Peter Weatherson
Tony Bullock
Eric Paton
Gary Mackenzie
David Cowan
Eddie Malone
Richie Hart
Paul McHale
Maroš Klimpl
Craig Forsyth
Leigh Griffiths
Colin McMenamin

Bench
12. Ryan McWilliams
14. Ryan Harding
15. Erik Paartalu
16. Brian Wake
17. Carlo Monti
Derek Soutar
Brian Kerr
Colin Cameron
Pat Clarke
Sean Higgins

Substitutions
Erik Paartalu for Allan Jenkins (52)
Brian Wake for Brian Graham (75)
Carlo Monti for Neil MacFarlane (79)
Pat Clarke for Colin McMenamin (75)
Brian Kerr for Richie Hart (83)
Sean Higgins for Leigh Griffiths (90)

Cautions
Allan McManus (80) Leigh Griffiths (78)
Eddie Malone (81)
Pat Clarke (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)





Match Report


ed hot Leigh Griffiths fired Dundee to R their their first away win of the season this afternoon at Cappielow. The striker ran through and beautifully lifted the ball over Morton keeper Colin Stewart and it was enough to give Dundee all three points. Morton did have chances but found Tony Bullock again in inspired form for The Dee as he saved a number of times including a late header from Ryan McGuffie.

Dundee made three changes from the side who threw away a two goal lead on Wednesday night at Ayr. Gary Harkins who picked up a knock was rated doubtful and in the end didn't make it so Richie Hart came in on the right side of midfield. Paul McHale also replaced Brian Kerr in the centre and up front Colin McMenamin came in for Sean Higgins who dropped to the bench.

Craig Forsyth who kept his place in the side after scoring the opener at Somerset during the week and it was the young winger who had the first chance to open the scoring against Morton. He robbed Kevin Finlayson on the half way line and got forward before hitting a low shot which was deflected wide on the post.

The home side's first real chance on goal almost saw them take the lead thanks to some slack Dundee defending. Peter Weatherson was given far too much space as he made his way across the box before hitting a low shot that Bullock did well to push away. The ball skipped up to Jim McAlister at the back post and David Cowan hooked his shot off the line before Dundee eventually got it clear.

Dundee had the ball in the net soon after but it wasn't to count. Forsyth slipped it through to Griffiths who was tracking back but the flag was up before the blue booted striker beat keeper Colin Stewart. Manager Jocky Scott was urging his side forward and moments later McHale had a chance from the edge of the area.

A long ball forward fell to the midfielder but after seeing his shot blocked he stepped aside for the incoming Maros Klimpl to have a strike but that effort was closer to the comer flag. Forsyth was next to have a chance after finding a a way through the Morton defence.

A quick move from right to left resulted in McHale spreading it wide to Forsyth. He cut back onto his weaker right foot and Stewart had to be alert to turn the low shot past the post. The match which hadn't been played at a particularly fast pace then seems to slow even more down and chances were few and far between for the rest of the period.

McHale saw an effort zip just wide of the post and Allan Jenkins had a couple of long range chances held by Bullock with ease before referee Brian Winter brought the dull half to an end. The second half couldn't have started any different as both sides came out with the tempo up.

Bullock was again called into action seconds into the half after a McAlister cross to the back post was headed down by McGuffie and he pushed away before Dundee broke quickly. The ball was played out to Griffiths who cut inside before forcing Stewart into his first save of the half as well.

Less than a minute later McGuffie was again in a superb position and this time beat Bullock but saw his shot come back off the inside of the post.

After a few minutes without action Dundee again had the ball in the net and again it was ruled out. McHale shot from the edge and a deflection off a Morton defender fell in the path of McMenamin who looked onside and stabbed the ball home. The celebration's were short lived though as the linesman's flag was straight up to rule the goal out.

Morton's strike force linked up when Brian Graham found Weatherson in the box and Bullock again to well to hold the forwards header. Dundee were on the attack again soon and Gary Mackenzie cushioned a header down to Griffiths who side footed the ball just wide of the post.

Stewart saved from Forsyth before Graham saw a shot palmed away from Bullock who was turning in another fine performance. McGuffie had another chance but lashed it over the bar this time.

Jocky Scott replaced Colin McMenamin with Pat Clarke in search of a goal and he didn't have to wait long after the change but it was a striker still on the park from the start who broke the deadlock A long McHale pass forward found Griffiths who was headed back from an offside position and he turned a headed for goal. Stewart couldn't have done much about it as the youngster showed his class when brilliantly lifting the ball into the top corner.

Dundee's second substitute was soon after the goal with Brian Kerr replacing Richie Hart who went over after a collision with goal scorer Griffiths. As Morton pushed forward late on Dundee did get some space on the rare occasions forward. Forsyth almost caught Stewart out with a shot from distance but it was pushed away.

A late surge from Morton saw them lump the ball into the Dundee box and after David Cowan picked up a knock they were effectively facing ten men. Dundee held out with Bullock even finding time to save once more McGuffie who had a chance right at the death with a downward header.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at October 17th, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)37 16 - 16 -
Gary Mackenzie24 12 - 941
David Cowan27 9 - 45 -
Eric Paton31 15 - 494
Maroš Klimpl29 8 - 8 -
Eddie Malone24 151813
Paul McHale28 13 - 824
Craig Forsyth20 113153
Richie Hart31 10 - 10 -
Leigh Griffiths19 15111511
Colin McMenamin28 1245618
Brian Kerr (sub)28 14 - 14 -
Pat Clarke (sub)24 6161
Sean Higgins (sub)24 133133






League Table (as at October 17th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.