Greenock Morton 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, November 19th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Cappielow
Attendance: 2,578
Referee: Crawford Allan
Greenock Morton Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Duffy Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
James Michael Doyle
Thomas O'Ware
Gavin Gunning
Ricki Lamie
Ross Forbes
Andy Murdoch
Jamie Lindsay
Mark Russell
Gary Oliver
Jai Quitongo
Cammy Bell
William Edjenguélé
Frank van der Struijk
Jamie Robson
Mark Durnan
Charlie Telfer
Willo Flood
Scott Fraser
Tony Andreu
Blair Spittal
Simon Murray

Bench
Michael Tidser
Kudus Oyenuga
Aidan Nesbitt
Caolan McAleer
Andy McNeil
Lewis Strapp
Luis Zwick
Lewis Toshney
Coll Donaldson
Seán Dillon
Nick van der Velden
Cammy Smith
Tope Obadeyi

Substitutions
Kudus Oyenuga for Jai Quitongo (74)
Michael Tidser for Andy Murdoch (80)
Lewis Toshney for Frank van der Struijk (62)
Nick van der Velden for Simon Murray (71)
Cammy Smith for Tony Andreu (84)

Bookings
Jai Quitongo (28) Tony Andreu (51)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 20 apps -
William Edjenguélé 13 apps2 goals
Frank van der Struijk 12 apps -
Jamie Robson 13 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 48 apps6 goals
Charlie Telfer 49 apps5 goals
Willo Flood 169 apps7 goals
Scott Fraser 56 apps5 goals
Tony Andreu 12 apps8 goals
Blair Spittal 85 apps9 goals
Simon Murray 47 apps15 goals
Lewis Toshney (sub) 16 apps1 goal
Nick van der Velden (sub) 19 apps3 goals
Cammy Smith (sub) 18 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (18 years 340 days)
Oldest Player:Frank van der Struijk (31 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 271 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (18 years 340 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (34 years 347 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 10 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

After making eight changes for last week’s match at Dunfermline, there was a much more familiar ring to the side with all but seven re-instated. Blair Spittal was the only one who retained his place at the expense of Tope Obadeyi. The Morton side that won at Dumbarton the previous week showed two changes – right-back Michael Doyle in for the suspended Jamie McDonagh and now fully fit Jai Quitono restored to the starting line-up ahead of former Tannadice striker Kudus Oyenuga. With United the last team to beat Morton and the third-placed hosts the last team to beat United, us this was always going to be a tight affair and that was exactly how things panned out.

United almost got off to a flying start with Charlie Telfer going close in the first minute when his first time effort from just outside the box whizzed inches over. The lively Quitongo showed the danger his pace posed and Willo Flood did well to block his path as he tried to break clear three minutes later. A spell of pressure at the other end saw Frank van der Struijk firing well over. Certainly in the early stages, the Tangerines had plenty of possession but were unable to find a chink in Ton’s two banks of four. Indeed, on 17 minutes, the home side went close to scoring, a Gary Oliver low drive from an acute angle being deflected into the side saw a shot from a very tight deflected into the side-netting. A Ross Forbes curling cross caused consternation in the United box and William Edjenguélé’s attempted clearance skidded off the greasy surface which Cammy Bell did well to hold. Shortly afterwards, the ever-dangerous Quitongo played the ball back into the path of Andy Murdoch but his low 25-yarder was comfortably collected by Bell. On 27 minutes Quitongo took exception to Mark Durnan’s challenge and threw the ball at the defender to earn the game’s first booking. Just before the break, Willo Flood inadvertently played the ball to Quitongo on the bye-line and his hard-hit drive across the face of the goal fortunately flashed past with no takers.

Carrying off where they left off the Ton continued to threaten. Mark Russell drilled in a low driven effort which Bell did well to hold despite the greasy surface and a slight deflection. Tony Andreu became the second player to be booked for talking out of turn after 48 minutes. Having ridden that early storm, United began to take a grip on proceedings. Loan midfielder Tony Andreu made the difference when the sides met at Tannadice last time out, and he looked the man most likely to make the difference for United as they began to up the ante in the last half hour. Tony Andreu nearly set up the opener when Scott Fraser ghosted in on his inviting cross and his strong side-foot volley was only kept out by a stunning instinctive save by Gaston. Uncharacteristically, Andreu then dragged a shot wide of the post from a good position and when he was on target after 77 minutes, the Ton keeper blocked his stabbed shot. And three minutes from time more Gaston heroics preserved Morton’s unbeaten home record, blocking Jamie Robson’s close range strike with his feet.

Match report written by Peter Rundo



Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 14 9 4 1 26 7 19 31
2. UNITED 14 8 4 2 23 12 11 28
3. Morton 14 6 5 3 21 15 6 23
4. Raith Rovers 13 6 4 3 18 13 5 22
5. Falkirk 14 6 4 4 18 15 3 22
6. Queen of the South 13 5 3 5 15 19 -4 18
7. Ayr United 13 4 2 7 11 20 -9 14
8. Dunfermline 14 3 3 8 16 24 -8 12
9. Dumbarton 14 2 5 7 12 20 -8 11
10. St Mirren 13 0 4 9 10 25 -15 4
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