Sunday 6th October 2019

THERE were few players who could say “job done” with more conviction than Morgyn Neill yesterday.

Not only did he score Dumbarton’s first goal in their 3-1 win over Forfar Athletic. His solid defensive display meant that the Loons were unable to make any more of a dent in the victory.

And he did it as the only available recognised centre half in the squad. With Ryan McGeever and Jordan McMillan sidelined by injury, skipper Stuart Carswell.

No problem, though, for Morgyn, whose goal was his first in the league – which could have come a fortnight earlier.

Only some good goalkeeping by East Fife, and then some rearranging by Dumbarton at the resulting corner, denied him it at Methil in the 2-2 draw at New Bayview.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com after yesterday’s game, Morgyn said: “I’m definitely happy with that. We made a brilliant start and although it was always going to be difficult, our composure and mentality was good.

“We were a bit shaky in the first five or 10 minutes of the second half when Forfar pulled one back, but we dusted ourselves down and got a hold of the game. It was always going to be our three points.

“We probably should have dealt with the goal we lost. Two players clashed in midfield and Stuart Carswell tried to get in front of the ball, but these things happen and we recovered to see the game out.

“Stuart did brilliantly at centre half. For somebody who doesn’t play there often to come in and support me as well as he did was excellent.

“With us missing two centre halves through injury, Forfar might have thought they had something to penalise but it didn’t work out that way.

“Last week Clyde deserved their win against us, but we knew that if we stuck together and got off to a good start, we were capable of getting the three points and that was what happened.

“At East Fife a couple of weeks ago, I nearly scored with a header. Ryan wanted to go in the position I was in for the resulting corner and ended up scoring.

“Today I just dropped my shoulder and got away from my man at the corner. Joe McKee put in perfectly for me and it went in the top corner.”

For the second victory in a row, Dumbarton have two weeks to bask in a winning glow.

With no game next week, they head to face Morgyn’s former club Stranraer at Stair Park on Saturday, October 19 in their next outing.

They will do so in good spirits – but with the team having blended well, Morgyn says spirit is never an issue.

He added: “It’s been really good. The manager has been brilliant and although there are players who haven’t played a lot of games, we’ve got a good changing room.

“There is no divide, regardless of age or experience or anything like that. Everybody works with everybody here.

“Stranraer is never an easy place to go. When I played there, they always felt that they had a chance against anybody who came to Stair Park.

“But we will go there in good confidence. We definitely didn’t want to lose two weeks in a row and we haven’t done that, and we felt we deserved a break.

“It’s always good to get a win and we’ll look to get another one on the board.”

Andy Galloway

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