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DUMBARTON battled hard and earned a point in a close encounter with Greenock Morton at Cappielow in front of a 1,400 crowd on a dreich afternoon.

It was an ideal start for the men from the Rock as Mark Stewart scrambled the ball home for 1-0 after a superb through ball from Chris McLaughlin and a mix-up in the Morton defence.

Much of the rest of the first half was an even affair, but Ton began to dominate in the last 15 minutes and put Sons under the cosh.

Morton, now playing downhill, resumed their pressure after the break and were soon level. Bob McHugh took advantage of some hesitant defending to drive home the equaliser — although the defenders claimed for hand ball.

Dumbarton pressed back immediately. However, Craig Barr just failed to net with a diving header (pictured).

Morton threatened to grab another in a frantic second half, but Sons came back again and held on resolutely for a valuable point.
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