Preview MortonSaturday, 31st Jul 2021
Scottish Championship (away) Saturday 31st July 2021, kick off 3.00pm at Cappielow
Dunfermline will open their Championship campaign with an away day in Greenock. Both last season’s visits to Cappielow ended goalless and the Pars have not won in their last eight matches there.
Milestones v Morton (Away)
25/03/17 | 1-0 | Championship
11/01/20 | 2-3 | Championship
11/12/99 | 3-0 | Division 1
23/08/88 | 3-0 | Premier League
25/11/67 | 3-0 | Division 1
16/02/80 | 0-5 | Scottish Cup
Last Goalless Draw
23/03/21 | 0-0 | Scottish Cup
14/08/26 | 0-3 | Division One
Last time at Cappielow
Tuesday 23rd March 2021, Scottish Cup
Morton 0 Dunfermline 0
The long awaited Cup tie between these two Championship sides ended in stalemate after extra time and the Greenock side progressed to the next round on penalties.
This was the sixth meeting of Morton and Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Cup but the Pars were hoping to make it their first success in the competition against the Greenock side on their home turf. This was a significant obstacle though since the Fifers had won just one of the last eleven meetings at Cappielow and had failed to win there over the previous three seasons.
It was to end 0-0 after Lewis McCann came closest on two occasions to scoring a goal for the Pars and in the third minute of extra time a Thomas cross was headed on to the left goalpost by O’Hara.
It is always a bitter disappointment to go out on penalties but after Euan Murray and Lewis Mayo had their efforts saved that is just what happened.
MORTON: Aidan McAdams: Michael Ledger, Brian McLean, Sean McGinty (c): Craig McGuffie (Gary Oliver 73), Darren Hynes, Kyle Jacobs (Cameron Blues 94), Reece Lyon, Lewis Strapp: Aidan Nesbitt (Robbie Muirhead 104), Kazaiah Sterling (Kalvin Orsi 69).
SUBS NOT USED: Markus Fjørtoft, Luca Colville, Alexander Easdale, Lewis McGrattan, Chris Wylie (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Lewis Mayo, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd (Fraser Murray 58), Steven Whittaker (Dom Thomas 75), Kerr McInroy (Iain Wilson 64), Lewis McCann: Declan McManus (Craig Wighton 101), Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Paul Allan, Scott Banks, Cammy Gill (GK)
Last Twelve Matches v Morton
Morton have proven to be a bit of a bogey team in recent times. Of the last 12 matches the Fifers have won just three, six have been drawn and three lost.
23-03-21 (A) D 0-0 Scottish Cup
13-03-21 (H) W 1-0 Championship
15-01-21 (A) D 0-0 Championship
12-12-20 (H) L 1-2 Championship
11-01-20 (A) L 2-3 Championship
07-12-19 (H) W 3-1 Championship
05-10-19: (A) D 1-1 Championship
05-04-19: (H) L 0-1 Championship
26-01-19: (A) D 0-0 Championship
01-12-18: (H) W 3-0 Championship
22-09-18: (A) D 1-1 Championship
17-03-18: (H) D 0-0 Championship
Morton are undefeated in their last six matches after securing their Championship status via the Championship play offs with wins over Montrose and Airdrieonians. In the Premier Sports Cup they forfeited the match against Stranraer when they could not fulfil the fixture but defeated Clyde at Cappielow in their last match after draws against both Kilmarnock and East Kilbride
Dunfermline had no joy in their Premiership play offs but qualified from their Premier Sports Cup group with wins over Partick Thistle, Dumbarton and Stenhousemuir.
Stenhousemuir (H) W 4-1
Dumbarton (H) W 5-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 4-2
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
Raith Rovers (H) D 0-0
Clyde (H) W 2-1
Kilmarnock (A) D 1-1
East Kilbride (H) D 0-0
Airdrieonians (H) W 3-0
Airdrieonians (A) W 1-0
Montrose (H) W 3-1
2020-2020 League Stats
League Position: 4th
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +4
Away League Record: P13 W1 D6 L6 GF14 GA21
Last Six Match Form: DLWLWW
League Position: 9th
League Points: 29
Goal Difference: -11
Home League Record: P14 W4 D5 L5 GF14 GA18
Last Six Match Form: WWWDDW
Last time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Stenhousemuir): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Vytas Gašpuitis, Ross Graham: Kyle Macdonald, Reece Cole (Dan Pybus 64), Dom Thomas (c)(Paul Allan 77), Josh Edwards: Kevin O’Hara (Matty Todd 87), Nikolay Todorov, Craig Wighton (Kai Kennedy HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
MORTON (v Clyde): Jack Hamilton: Darren Hynes, Alan Lithgow, Brian McLean (Michael Ledger 45), Lewis Strapp: Cameron Blues: Lewis McGrattan (Michael Garrity 63), Kyle Jacobs, Reece Lyon (Gary Oliver 76), Robbie Muirhead (Lewis McGregor 86), Gozie Ugwu
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Russell, Alex King, Chris Wylie (GK).
Referee will be Alan Muir.
Other Championship Fixtures
Arbroath v Inverness Caley Thistle
Partick Thistle v Queen of the South
Raith Rovers v Hamilton Accies
Kilmarnock v Ayr United (Monday 2nd August)
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