Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

Dumbarton (0) v Morton (2)

Saturday 12th November 2016, Kick Off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

THEY say that bad things come in threes.

Whether it's injuries or goals against, Dumbarton are still waiting for the third.

Hopefully they'll never come, because both of those elements, two by two, cost them any chance against Morton.

The game had been meandering along at a pedestrian pace, even, for a short spell after half time, being put in danger by the floodlights. They went out, but power was restored.

Then, 10 minutes into the second half, Mark Docherty went off with what looked a bad injury. He was quickly followed by Frazer Wright, also having taken a knock too many.

Morton soon cashed in on the double blow to Sons, with Mark Russell scoring on 68 minutes and Kudus Oyenuga finishing it off six minutes later.

Until the injuries, a second consecutive goalless draw involving the Greenock men in G82 was looking highly probable.

Chances were few, neither side was finding much rhythm, and in all it was no classic.

However, Morton found theirs once the home side had to rethink their formation with the personnel available.

The visitors' Andy Murdoch had their closest chance of the first half on 21 minutes. Even then, it was a low, long distance shot which Alan Martin saved with relative ease.

Dumbarton were finding chances equally hard to create, but right on half time, Sam Stanton worked his way into a good position only to shoot over.

That, in a nutshell, was the first half action.

Much the same pattern followed in the early second half, but after the enforced changes to the Dumbarton line-up, the cracks began to show.

Within minutes of Docherty and Wright's exits, Martin had already done well to save from Ross Forbes, and then Russell. He also denied Gary Oliver at close range.

Meanwhile, Sons' best second half opportunity by far fell to Andy Stirling, but his header from Garry Fleming's well placed cross missed the target.

But there was nothing he could do about Russell's effort, low and hit well from distance after making space for himself.

Martin again kept Oliver out, but soon afterwards, the contest was over.

Possession was squandered to Morton on the edge of the area after Martin came out to clear a long ball. Oyenuga could hardly miss despite the efforts of defenders on the line.

Robert Thomson tried to head one back late in the day, but was off target from David Smith's cross.

Andy Galloway