MATCH PREVIEW: Dunfermline Athletic

MATCH PREVIEW: Dunfermline Athletic

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        Dunfermline Athletic versus MORTON

Saturday 7 December 2019
East End Park, Dunfermline
Kick-off 3pm

Scene Setter

Morton are back in league action tomorrow afternoon as they take on Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. Tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Championship encounter follows Tuesday’s midweek William Hill Scottish Cup victory up north against Brora Rangers.

The Ton’s previous league match ended in a 1-0 victory over Arbroath last month as Reece Lyon’s early goal proved to be crucial in the match at Cappielow Park. Manager David Hopkin will be hoping his squad can put in a repeat performance and build from their impressive cup win midweek.

Stevie Crawford’s Dunfermline currently sit fourth in the table and go into tomorrow’s match off the back of a 1-0 victory against Ayr United at Somerset Park on Tuesday evening.

Morton Milestones and Significant Stats

10 – The Ton’s top goalscorer Bob McHugh has scored 10 goals this season in 20 appearances.

30 – Bob McHugh is closing in on his 30th goal for the club, the forward has scored 28 goals since arriving in the summer of 2017 and he will hoping to move closer to this landmark with a few more goals tomorrow afternoon.

40 – Midfielder Chris Millar is one goal away from scoring a combined 40 goals over his two spells at Morton.

Current Connections

Goalkeeper Ryan Scully enjoyed two loan spells with the Pars, in 2013 and then 2014. The shot stopper spent the first half of last term at Cappielow before returning to East End Park following his Ton release.

Greg Kiltie enjoyed a successful spell at Morton during the second half of last season where he became a fans’ favourite with his goal scoring antics as he scored 6 goals in his brief time at the club. The Kilmarnock loanee returned to his club in May before departing again on a temporary transfer to Dunfermline in the Summer until the end of the season.

Head to Head

Sat 1 Dec 2018: Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Tue 26 Jan 2019: Morton 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 27 Apr 2019: Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 5 Oct 2019: Morton 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic (Ladbrokes Championship)

Last Time Round

A last gasp equaliser from Morton club captain Jim McAlister saw the Ton grab a draw at Cappielow as the midfielder scored his first goal since his return to the club for his second spell.

The draw put Morton two points behind Dundee, who are in the playoff places in this year’s Ladbrokes Championship league table as the first quarter of the season drew to a close.

It was Dunfermline who took the lead  on 87 minutes when Ryan Dow’s effort on goal was caught then dropped by Sam Ramsbottom to allow Andy Ryan the chance to sneak in and finish the ball into the net to give the Pars the lead late on in the game.

But a late push from Morton saw the Ton get a late leveler on 90 minutes as a cross in the box from Kyle Jacobs was headered back across goal by Stephen Welsh which found Jim McAlister who sent it home give the Ton what could be an important point later on in the season.

Officials

Referee: Barry Cook

Assistant one: Graham McNeillie

Assistant two: Alan Grainger

Fan File

Admission prices are:

Adults: £20
Concession (Over 60, Student, Under 18s, Disabled and Unemployed): £14
Under-12: £6

Morton fans will be housed the East Stand.

Fans under the influence of alcohol will not be admitted and all bags will be searched, with random-persons searching undertaken. Surfing flags are not permitted and other flags will be checked to ensure that they are not offensive or derogatory.

Disabled Access

Accessible matchday tickets can be reserved via Dunfermline Athletic’s ticket office on 01383 745909.

In terms of parking, there are six dedicated parking spaces for disabled away fans behind the East Stand, available on a first come, first served basis. Enter the main car park via Leys Park Road and follow the stewards` directions.

Festive Foodbank Appeal

Any child under the age of 12 who brings a donation to support tomorrow’s foodbank appeal at East End Park will receive a free match ticket. Simply take your donation to the away ticket office and swap it for a ticket.

Dunfermline Athletic have launched the appeal which will be taking place before tomorrow’s game and have asked both home and away fans, if they can, to donate any food items before kick-off.

Travel

By Road: Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, East End Park, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY12 7RB

A8/M8 – M80 – M876 over Kincardine Bridge – A985 – A994 – A907 Pittencrief Street/Carnegie Drive/Appin Crescent to Halbeath Road.

By Rail:

Greenock – Dunfermline Town station via Glasgow Central, Queen Street, and Haymarket Edinburgh. Journey time varies from 2 hours, 30 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes. There is a 15-minute walk from the station to the ground.

Parking

Car and coach parking: Main car park via Leys Park Road behind north stand. Coaches – £7, Cars – £2.

Travel Club Info

The Gourock Morton Supporters’ bus leaves the Royalle Club in Gourock at 12pm. Prices are £14 for adults and £12 for concessions.

The Greenock Morton Supporters Club leaves the club at 12.30pm. Prices are £11 for adults and £9 for concessions.

The Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club will leave the Sutherland Bar at 12.30pm.

Image: David Bell