Greenock Morton 1
Dundee 2
League (First Division)


Morton 

1 - 2

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, April 5th, 2008
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 3,478
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jim McAlister (8) Mickaël Antoine-Curier (25)
Derek Lyle (80)

Team Managers
David Irons Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Lee Robinson
2. Stewart Greacen
3. Ryan Harding
4. David MacGregor
5. Ryan McGuffie
6. Erik Paartalu
7. Jim McAlister
8. Scott McLaughlin
9. Chris Millar
10. Kevin Finlayson
11. Peter Weatherson
Craig Samson .1
David Cowan .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Eddie Malone .4
Paul Dixon .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Patrick Noubissie .7
Kevin McDonald .8
David O'Brien .9
Colin McMenamin .10
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .11

Bench
12. David McGurn
14. Alex Walker
15. Iain Russell
16. Brian Wake
17. Jamie Stevenson
Ludovic Roy .12
Derek Lyle .14
Gavin Swankie .15
David Worrell .16
Brian Clark .17

Substitutions
Iain Russell for Peter Weatherson (68)
Brian Wake for David MacGregor (81)
Jamie Stevenson for Kevin Finlayson (85)
Gavin Swankie for David O'Brien (40)
Derek Lyle for Frédéric Daquin (62)

Cautions
Stewart Greacen (72) Kevin McDonald (31)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)



Match Report


Derek Lyle came off the bench to score the winner at Cappielow.

That goal gave Dundee reward for forcing the game on a difficult afternoon against a Morton side who were fighting for their First Division lives.

Dundee were lively from the start, but efforts from Paul Dixon, Mickael Antoine-Curier and Freddie Daquin failed to trouble Lee Robinson in the home goal. Morton had also started well and they took the lead in eight minutes via their first chance of the match - Jim McAllister's low drive from the edge of the penalty area finding the net in eight minutes, McAllister had done well to get into a shooting position, having gone past two defenders as he cut in from the left flank.

The 'Ton took heart from the opener and briefly had Dundee under the cosh, Captain Peter Weatherson might have doubled their advantage on the quarter hour but hammered his shot against Craig Samson's legs.

Dundee pushed forward and Mickael Antoine-Curier came close in 24 minutes, clipping a deft lob just over the bar with Robinson beaten.

A minute later he got another opportunity and this time fired Dundee level with a fine effort from that lethal right boot - David O'Brien picked up a loose ball after a poor clearance from the home keeper, made a good run deep into the home half of the field and fed the Antoine-Curier, the Frenchman ramming a bullet into the bottom corner of the net from 22 yards.

There was a scare for the Dee defence on 34 minutes when Scott McLauchlin hit the underside of the bar with a powerful free kick, the Dark Blues defence scrambling the ball out of the danger area.

Up to now the match had been played in glorious sunshine, but the final ten minutes of the half saw a hailstorm and freezing rain and the game seemed to lose it's edge until the break. Two minutes from the interval Alex Rae replaced O'Brien with Gavin Swankie.

Morton threw everything at the Dundee defence in the opening minutes of the second half, but a couple of long throws into the Dundee penalty area brought no reward for David Irons' side and as time went on Dundee showed more and more urgency.

Swankie was troubling the home defence on a regular basis, but the final ball wasn't finding a Dundee player, Kevin McDonald tried a low effort from just outside the area but it lacked power and drifted just wide.

Gary Mackenzie came close in 56 minutes when he got on the end of a Patrick Noubissie ball into the box and beat Robinson with a looping header but David Alexander cleared off the goal-line.

Alex Rae went for it just after the hour, introducing Derek Lyle and going with a front three, and the striker showed he was keen to make an impact, firing in a shot with his first touch.

Home keeper Robinson was under a fair bit of pressure now and he did well to cut out crossed from Swankie and McMenamin as Dundee turned the screw.

On 79 minutes there was a scare for Dundee as Morton broke, Substitute lain Russell broke onto a lofted ball forward and fired a looping shot over the bar.

Dundee were straight back on the attack though and their urgency was about to pay off, ten minutes from time Eddie Malone sent in a free kick from deep and Gary Mackenzie rose to head it down, and Lyle showed real coolness to place his shot from just inside the box into the net before racing off to celebrate with the Dundee support - His clenched fist at the final whistle said it all.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2008)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Craig Samson (GK)24 34 - 34 -
Paul Dixon21 35 - 1112
Eddie Malone22 251251
David Cowan26 12 - 12 -
Gary Mackenzie22 34 - 58 -
Patrick Noubissie24 7 - 7 -
David O'Brien24 212212
Kevin McDonald19 361110316
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 8989
Colin McMenamin27 9595
Frédéric Daquin29 343343
Gavin Swankie (sub)24 3137112
Derek Lyle (sub)27 2975922






League Table (as at April 5th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.