Morton and Dundee shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw in the Scottish Championship at Cappielow. Craig McGuffie gave Morton the lead, with Jason Cumming equalising. Luca Colville put Morton back into the lead, before Danny Mullen finished the scoring.
The game got off to an unusual start when Dundee manager James McPake was booked by referee Craig Napier in the opening minutes.
The first chance of the game fell to Morton, after a good move Cameron Salkeld’s effort on goal was turned away by Jack Hamilton.
Dundee’s first effort arrived in the 11th minute, but Paul McGowan’s cross/shot floated over the bar.
Morton came very close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute. Craig McGuffie’s cross was steered just wide of goal by Salkeld.
Next to come close for Morton was Luca Colville, who fired a shot just wide of goal from around 25 yards.
Morton looked the more threatening of the two sides. But both sides were finding it difficult to create any real chances.
Defences were on top, and the game turned into a midfield battle for much of the first-half.
Dundee came close in the 36th minute. Osman Sow’s header from a Liam Fontaine cross going just over the bar.
Dundee were enjoying a decent spell, and good work from Sow found Jason Cummings but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by Aidan McAdams.
Morton then took the lead in the 41st minute, thanks to a superb strike by Craig McGuffie. His first-time volley from the edge of the penalty box gave Jack Hamilton no chance.
The goal came perhaps against the run of play, as Dundee were on top prior to the strike. But the first-half ended with Morton a goal up.
Dundee started the second-half with plenty of possession, but Morton stood firm.
It seemed inevitable that Dundee would equalise, and it arrived in the 65th minute. Jason Cummings getting onto the end of a Danny Mullen header and finishing in style as he held off the defender.
Cummings came close to a second a few minutes later after a good run and pass by McMullan, but his shot was blocked.
The game then burst into life and Morton retook the lead with a fine goal. Luca Colville’s downward header bouncing into the back of the net after a cross from McGuffie in the 69th minute.
Dundee then came close to an equaliser as Mullen’s shot hit the post, and Max Anderson’s follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Sean McGinty. Jason Cummings then saw a close range header cleared off the line as Dundee searched for an equaliser.
Morton came close to killing the game off in the 78th minute, but Cameron Blues’ shot was just off target.
The game took another twist when Dundee made it 2-2 in the 80th minute. Danny Mullen heading home a McMullan cross at the back post.
Dundee piled on the pressure towards the end of the game, and an Anderson effort was tipped over the bar by McAdams.
Morton then came close in injury time as a Brian McLean header was tipped over the bar. But there were no further goals and the game ended 2-2. Here are three things we learned:
Midfielder shines once more
For the second game in a row, Craig McGuffie scored a fine goal for Morton. His strike against Dundee was even better than his goal against Morton, a superb volley that nestled into the net. As long as McGuffie can keep finding the back of the net, Morton will have a chance of reaching the promotion play-offs.
Substitute makes a big impact
Dundee substitute Danny Mullen had a big impact on the game. Not only did he set up Jason Cummings’ goal, but he scored Dundee’s second goal, and also hit the post. He must be firmly in James McPake’s thoughts to start against Inverness in midweek.
Result doesn’t suit either side
A point was probably a fair result, but it does neither team any real favours in their attempts to reach the promotion play-offs. Both teams do have games in hand on the current top four. But to make sure of a place in the play-offs draws need to start being turned into wins.
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