Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 2-1 Dunfermline

Gary Oliver
A fourth goal of the season from Gary Oliver secured victory for Morton

A late strike from Gary Oliver sent Greenock Morton above Dunfermline and into the Championship play-off places.

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Tom Beadling gave the Pars the lead with a low strike from 10 yards, before Michael Tidser drew Morton level.

Nicky Clark had an effort ruled out for offside before half-time and threatened twice with headers after the break.

And Oliver's strike won it for the home side, who creep up to fourth - a point in front of the Pars.

Morton, who knocked Dunfermline out of the Scottish Cup last month, also have a game in hand over Dunfermline and trail Livingston by five points.

Gary Harkins had a free-kick pushed away by Pars goalkeeper Lee Robinson, and from the resulting corner Robinson came to the rescue again, blocking Luca Gasparotto's shot after he had found space in the box.

But it was the visitors who struck first. A low cross from the right-hand side fell to debutant Beadling, whose low shot beat goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

Scott Tiffoney headed just over for Morton before they drew level.

Gary Harkins whipped in a free-kick and, after a knockdown from Oliver, Tidser found space on the right to fire a low shot towards goal, which Robinson could only push into the net.

Dunfermline responded with Clark swivelling brilliantly to find the top corner only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

After the break, Clark's header from point-blank range hit Gaston and was cleared to safety. The forward had another header from a corner that drifted just past on the hour mark.

Clark then set up James Craigen but he blasted over from 10 yards.

Morton's winner came when substitute Bob McHugh raced through after a ball over the top, rounded the goalkeeper and squared for Oliver to dispatch into the empty net from seven yards.

Post-match reaction

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy: "I think Dunfermline were the better side in the first half. I thought we were quite fortunate to be 1-1 at half-time. Generally speaking I thought they were on the front foot and we were just hanging on in there.

"Second half was a bit more even. I thought we were trying to press the game but Dunfermline were always a threat.

"We defended well but if they'd taken a little bit more care they could've won the game. As the game got into the dying stages you're just happy to stay 1-1 and make sure you don't lose it. Fortunately for us we nicked it."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "I thought even at 1-0 we were quite comfortable.

"We know how dangerous Morton are at set pieces. They score a lot of goals, they're really aggressive in the air. So to lose a goal, obviously at a second ball we just switch off.

"Second half, I thought we were in the ascendancy. I thought we were playing well and looked as though we were going to score.

"We were in really good areas and you probably have to punish teams. And then obviously we get caught with a sucker punch right at the end."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 4O'Ware
  • 26Iredale
  • 12TidserSubstituted forMcHughat 70'minutes
  • 3Murdoch
  • 14HarkinsBooked at 88mins
  • 25Ross
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 7Oliver

Substitutes

  • 5Lamie
  • 11McHugh
  • 16Strapp
  • 17Russell
  • 20Brennan
  • 21Langan
  • 36Hynes

Dunfermline

  • 25Robinson
  • 2Williamson
  • 4Mvoto
  • 5Morris
  • 14Talbot
  • 28CraigenBooked at 51mins
  • 31Beadling
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 11Cardle
  • 9McManusBooked at 72mins
  • 10Clark

Substitutes

  • 6Ashcroft
  • 12Armstrong
  • 15Paton
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill
  • 26Vincent
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,588

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert McHugh.

Attempt saved. Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Gary Harkins (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Morton).

James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Frank Ross (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Morton).

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ryan Williamson.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Robert McHugh (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

Booking

Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Frank Ross (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ryan Williamson.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Robert McHugh replaces Michael Tidser.

Hand ball by Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Attempt missed. Scott Tiffoney (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luca Gasparotto (Morton).

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Luca Gasparotto.

Attempt blocked. Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gary Harkins (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Morton).

Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

Attempt saved. Luca Gasparotto (Morton) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren24173445242154
2Dundee Utd2212463026440
3Livingston22116536251139
4Morton2297632221034
5Dunfermline2396839281133
6Queen of Sth239683733433
7Inverness CT238693028230
8Falkirk2358102438-1423
9Dumbarton2248101530-1520
10Brechin2204181751-344
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