Greenock Morton FC
U20's SPFL Development League
11 September 2014
Jon Scullion bagged his second hat trick in as many games as Morton saw off Dumbarton with a comfortable 4-1 win at Murray Park last night.
A 19th minute opener was followed by a thunderous strike on 70 minutes and a finish from a narrow angle with eight minutes remaining by the Morton forward made it a comfortable result for the 19-year-old and his side.
After an uneventful opening ten minutes where both seemed comfortable in possession, Morton broke the deadlock on nineteen minutes. Craig Knight’s long ball over the top split the Dumbarton defence, and Scullion gathered to drill a low shot past Josh Lumsden in the Dumbarton goal.
Shortly after the hour mark brought the games most controversial moment. Sons midfielder Donald McCallum burst through from midfield and, with only the goalkeeper to beat, was hauled back by by Morton defender Luke Irvine. Referee Stephen Brown issued Irvine with a yellow card which could perhaps have been a red. Dumbarton coach Richard Salveta was then dismissed from the technical area for his protests.
Dumbarton equalised thanks to substitute Andy Biddulph. A corner was whipped in from the right and Biddulph rose well to thump a header past Jamie McGowan to level the score.
Less than a minute later, Morton retook the lead thanks to a ferocious strike from Scullion. The in-form striker picked the ball up at the edge of the area before unleashing a drive that flew past a helpless Lumsden.
Morton added a third six minutes later and, once again, Scullion was involved. A well worked short corner was played back to him on the byline where he cut it back for David McNeil to stab the ball home with the outside of his boot from 6 yards.
Eight minutes from time, Scullion sealed his third and Morton’s fourth of the game. A defensive mix up allowed the striker to nick in and stroke the ball into an empty net from a tight angle.
Full Time: Dumbarton 1-4 Greenock Morton
Hat-trick hero Scullion bags the points for Morton U20's
Greenock Morton 4
Scullion 19, 70, 82, McNeil 76
- Monday, 08 September 2014
- Murray Park
- Under 20´s
- SPFL Development League
- Half Time:
- Greenock Morton
- Full Time:
- Greenock Morton
5. C McCallum
10. D McCallum
Donald McCallum was the Son's best performer on the night. Twice went close to drawing Dumbarton level.
Jon Scullion was the difference between the sides. His second consecutive hat trick saw Morton top the table after Matchday 2.
Biddulph's bullet header that levelled the score.
Jon Scullion's thunderous strike on 70 minutes put Morton back in the driving seat and was the catalyst for them to go on and grab his hat trick.
Dumbarton U20’s coach Colin Nish said: “Although we are disappointed by the defeat, the performance and effort put in by all the players was encouraging.” The former Dunfermline, Kilmarnock and Hibs striker explained more about his role at Dumbarton by saying: “Being able to oversee the youngsters at Dumbarton while I’m still playing has confirmed to me that coaching is what I want to do when I retire from playing. Dumbarton have given me the chance to do this, which is ideal chance for me to plan the next stage of my career.”
Speaking after the game about his move to the Greenock side, hattrick hero Scullion said: “I think the move has suited me well, I needed a change and Morton is the ideal club for a new challenge. I think I’ve done well so far and I feel I’m progressing with my football everyday." The former St Mirren player, who signed an initial 6 month deal in the summer, added: ”I like the way David Hopkins has us playing and I’ve now scored 14 in 11 games since I came in. We play nice flowing football, pass it out from the back and it suits the way I love to play the game; with the ball on the deck.”
- Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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