Greenock Morton 0
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


Morton 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, January 17th, 1998
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 2,200
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Unknown. John McCormack

Starting Eleven
Hillcoat
Collins
Archdeacon
Gray
Anderson
Reid
Twaddle
Mahood
Duffield
Hawke
McPherson
Robert Douglas .1
Barry Smith .2
Brian Irvine .3
Dave Rogers .4
Dariusz Adamczuck .5
Jim McInally .6
Russell Kelly .7
Lee Maddison .8
Iain Anderson .9
James Grady .10
Steve McCormick .11

Bench
Blaikie
Aitken
Blair
Eddie Annand .12
John Elliot .14
Craig Tully .15

Substitutions
Twaddle for Blaikie (75) Craig Tully for Jim McInally (69)
Eddie Annand for Steve McCormick (76)
John Elliot for Russell Kelly (88)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Garry Mitchell (Arbroath) (Referee)
George Clyde (Bearsden) & Wilson Irvine (Glasgow) (Assistants)



Match Report


Battling Morton earned a deserved point against the league leaders with a display which belied their basement position.

The Cappielow men could even have taken full points in the last minute.

Brian Reid got in a header only to see Barry Smith clear off the line.

Then, from the loose ball, Reid was denied again by an instinctive finger tip save from Robert Douglas.

The miserable weather denied the spectators of silky football, but both sides gave their all.

Early on, the visitors appeared to favour all-out attack, with Morton mainly content to soak up pressure and hit on the break.

Home debut-boy Kevin Twaddle, who was signed only a couple of hours before kick-off, almost became an instant hero.

He left two defenders stranded before hitting an angled drive which brought out a glory save from Douglas.

Dundee's ace was certainly little James Grady, who covered every inch of the pitch to set up a series of visiting raids.

Twice in the first half, Morton keeper Hillcoat produced super saves to defy the eager Grady and McCormick.

At the other end, former Dons defender Brian Irvine was a giant in every sense.

Twaddle's speed was a constant danger to Dundee, and his willingness to shoot on sight kept Douglas on his toes.

In the second half, Twaddle sent a perfect ball along the six-yard line, but Duffield just failed to connect.

With the match entering the final quarter, the strength-sapping conditions began to take their toll.

Twaddle was replaced by youngster Alan Blaikie, who had two efforts on goal, but, despite near things at both ends of the pitch, the defences remained on top.

Match report written by Sunday Post



Squad Statistics (as at January 17th, 1998)


1997-98 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK) - 25 - 25 -
Barry Smith - 251901
Russell Kelly - 162162
Dave Rogers - 251251
Brian Irvine - 251251
Lee Maddison - 171171
Jim McInally - 241353
Iain Anderson - 25510516
Dariusz Adamczuck - 24 - 872
James Grady26 25112511
Steve McCormick28 3131
Craig Tully (sub)22 8 - 38 -
John Elliot (sub)17 182232
Eddie Annand (sub) - 246298






League Table (as at January 17th, 1998)


No league table has been added for this season.