Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Morton (0)

Saturday 5th August 2017, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

THERE'S just something about games between Dumbarton and Morton.

Thirteen goals in the last nine league meetings of the clubs don't exactly suggest it's a fixture that the neutrals will scramble to watch.

But although chapter six of Sons' Championship journey started with a blank scoresheet, it remains compulsive viewing.

In terms of clearcut chances, this was far from a classic. Ally Roy went closest for the home side early doors with a shot blocked at close range, while keeper Scott Gallacher had his occasional moments to preserve a point.

It was, though, the kind of game which looked capable of igniting at any moment. It was closely fought from first whistle to last and both sets of players had earned their snacks at full time.

But the lid stayed on the powder keg as neither side had the inspiration to give themselves a winning start to the league season.

In the end, neither team was terribly disappointed.

Roy had the game's first opportunity on 10 minutes, pouncing on a slack pass in the Morton midfield. He ran in on goal, but visiting keeper Derek Gaston was equal to the challenge.

After Gallacher had saved from Connor McManus and Bob McHugh, he was beaten to a low cross from the right by one Robert Thomson.

But Gallacher was alert enough to deny the former Sons striker from his narrow angled effort.

The home side finished the first half strongly as Christian Nade had a shot turned wide by Gaston, who then kept out Craig Barr'sheader from the resulting corner.

Morton continued to have most of the chances after the restart, with McHugh twice going close while Gallacher also saved from Jai Quitongo.

Barr then got his head to another corner, but again Gaston denied him.

With seven minutes left, failure to deal with a simple ball into the box nearly cost Sons, but Michael Doyle missed the target from the loose ball.

Ross Forbes had two late efforts to snatch the points for Morton, but was wide with a fierce volley and then had another shot saved after cutting inside.

Once again, there were things for Dumbarton to work on, but several positives to take from a gritty and organised defensive effort.

Dumbarton: S Gallacher; McLaughlin, Dowie, Wilson (C Gallagher 77), Stewart, Walsh (Smith 86), Wardrop, Hill, Roy, Nade, Barr. Subs: Ewings; Johnston, Prior. Booked: Barr, McLaughlin, Roy.

Morton: Gaston; Murdoch, Lamie, Doyle, Forbes, Quitongo (Tiffoney 86), Thomson, McHugh, Tidser, Russell, McManus. Subs: McGowan; Strapp, Langan, Armour, Iredale. Booked: Lamie, McHugh, Forbes, Quitongo.

Referee: Steven Kirkland.

Andy Galloway