Greenock Morton 2
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


Morton 

2 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 2,133
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Peter Weatherson (29)
Peter Weatherson (79)
None.

Team Managers
David Irons Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Kevin Cuthbert
2. Stewart Greacen
3. Allan McManus
4. Ryan McGuffie
5. Alex Walker
6. Steven Masterton
7. Allan Jenkins
8. Jim McAlister
9. Kevin Finlayson
10. Peter Weatherson
11. Brian Wake
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Paul McHale .7
Colin Cameron .8
Mark Gilhaney .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Colin McMenamin .11

Bench
12. Kieran Cannon
14. Erik Paartalu
15. Ian Russell
16. James Grady
17. Carrol Monti
Ludovic Roy .12
Kyle Benedictus .14
Darren Williams .15
Chris Pozniak .16
Bryan Deasley .17

Substitutions
Ian Russell for Brian Wake (71)
James Grady for Peter Weatherson (88)
Carrol Monti for Ryan McGuffie (88)
Darren Williams for Andrew Shinnie (79)

Cautions
None. Paul McHale (37)
Eric Paton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)





Match Report


After three draws in consecutive away games due to late equalisers, Dundee traveled to Greenock for a fourth game on the road in a row. Andrew Shinnie who missed out on the last two matches through international duty returned to the starting line up and suspended duo Paul McHale and Gary Mackenzie both also returned to the side. Two of the players they replaced dropped to the bench in Darren Williams and Kyle Benedictus, with David O'Brien missing out due to injury. One other man who missed out due to injury was Giorgos Efrem who picked up an injury on his international trip with Cyprus.

Dundee started the brighter of the two sides and had a few corners before Colin Cameron was bundled over in the box but the referee wasn't interested in his protests. The first shot of the match came with the home sides first real attack when they were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal.

Steven Masterton tried his luck and although Mackenzie headed it clear it wouldn't be the last time the Morton central midfielder would trouble the Dundee goal. Dundee's first effort on goal came from Tuesday night's goal scorer Eddie Malone. The ball was moved from right to left and Malone took the ball in his stride before hitting a weak shot directly at Kevin Cuthbert.

Moments later Dundee had their best chance of the match. Morton saw a corner collected by Rab Douglas and Dundee were quickly on the attack. A long throw towards Gilhaney who carried it on as Dundee broke three against three. He cut it back to Curier who took a great touch before slotting under Cuthbert. The shot was turned away from goal by McManus but only as far as McMenamin and he played it to McHale who rattled the bar from about the penalty spot.

The home side came more into the match following McHale's effort and had the better of the game from then until half time. Allan Jenkins saw a shot blocked by Mackenzie and it was the Dundee defender Mackenzie who was on hand to blocked again when it dropped to Jim McAlister who hit a low shot.

A minute later Morton had another chance from a free kick and it was in shooting distance again. Masterton again stepped up and curled it beautifully towards goal. Douglas saved but spilled on his way to goal and to the amazement of everyone in the stadium Brian Wake somehow managed to turn the ball past the far post with the whole goal at his mercy.

Masterton himself came close next when his corner looked to be heading straight in before captain Eric Paton headed off the line. Morton were able to do what Dundee could not and soon took the lead.

Jim McAlister got wide left and picked out Weatherson with a superb ball which the Morton man just had to guide into the net with a simple header. The goal didn't stop Morton's pressure though and they had one other effort to double their lead before the break. Masterston tried to catch Douglas out with a great strike from distance but the Dundee keeper was equal to it.

Like the first half, Dundee started the better side and had a chance to level with the first attack of the second period.

Good link up play saw Curier send McMenamin wide on the right and his chipped cross was over the head of Cuthbert and had it not been for superb covering play by Allan McManus, Curier would have had an empty net to level the scoring.

McMenamin and Shinnie then had efforts saved with ease by Cuthbert as Dundee tried to find a goal to bring themselves back into the game. Paul McHale flicked a long ball over the head of Gilhaney and the little winger turned and lashed the ball off the top of the bar.

Masterton who was part of the impressive central midfield pairing with Allan Jenkins continued to trouble Dundee when he produced Morton's next attack.

With little movement ahead of him he glanced up before picking out McAlister coming in at the back post with a great ball but Morton's number 11 saw his header fly over. Dundee fell out of the game at this stage as Morton went about putting the game to bed. The home side broke from a Dundee comer and when Jenkins played Wake through he took far too long and allowed Paton back to get a challenge in. The next big chance fell to Wake again. A long ball forward was controlled by goal-scorer

Weatherson who rolled it across the box. Jenkins completely missed the ball and it fell straight to Wake who took a touch but his weak effort was an easy take for Douglas.

Jenkins was involved in the next attack which had the home support and Davie Irons screaming for a penalty. The midfield looked to have found a way between two Dundee defenders but went down and the referee waved play on much to the disgust of the home side.

Weatherson forced Douglas into another save with a shot from outside the box but it wasn't long before he was celebrating his second.

A corner from the left was drilled towards the front post and Weatherson rose above Jim Lauchlan to turn the ball into the net. That ended Dundee's hopes of taking something from the game and Darren Williams replaced Andrew Shinnie straight away as Jocky moved Eric Paton into a more attacking role.

However, there was little action for him to see in midfield. Jenkins had the last effort of the match when Morton sub Russell pulled the ball back to him but his shot was just wide of the post.

Paton was booked late on and Dundee didn't trouble Cuthbert's goal again. Morton deserved the three points in the end for simply finishing their chances when they were on top of the match, something Dundee failed to do.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 33 - 166 -
Jim Laughlan32 12 - 12 -
Gary Mackenzie23 18 - 791
Eddie Malone23 331612
Eric Paton30 324324
Colin Cameron36 8 - 8 -
Paul McHale27 261694
Andrew Shinnie19 161161
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 32154324
Mark Gilhaney24 21 - 21 -
Colin McMenamin28 2753911
Darren Williams (sub)31 18 - 18 -






League Table (as at April 4th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.