Dumbarton produced a strong defensive display to hold on to a 1-1 draw against Morton at Cappielow on Saturday.

A defensive mix-up five minutes in the Ton backline allowed Mark Stewart to scramble the ball in from close range, as Sons got off to the perfect start.

But the hosts began to claw their way back into the match, and after sustained pressure got their equaliser via Bob McHugh after 50 minutes.

It was backs to the wall for the remainder of the game, as the part-timers clung on to secure a point and remain in seventh place in the Championship.

Christian Nade was ruled out before the tie through injury, and Dougie Hill came in for the striker, with Craig Barr moving to midfield and David Wilson moving further up the park.

It was a lively opening period at a wet Cappielow, conditions making it difficult for players to control the ball.

But Barr supplied a brilliant through ball to Tom Walsh. The winger drove down the field and his low cross was missed by the Morton defender and goalkeeper for Stewart to scramble the ball in after five minutes to get his second league goal of the campaign.

Sons looked to threaten again, Chris McLaughlin’s throw found Barr, who laid the ball off for Dimitris Froxylias to volley, but it went just over the bar on 10 minutes.

Morton’s first clear cut chance came on 28 minutes, Gary Harkin’s free-kick was lifted over the defensive wall, but Scott Gallacher was equal to the attempt.

Dumbarton were next to threaten, Walsh’s corner was headed back in by Dougie Hill, but Wilson took too long to fire his shot away and it was eventually blocked on 34 minutes.

Then Morton began to have the lions share of the game, and the visitors were left clinging on to their one goal lead going into half-time.

McHugh had an effort blocked, before Quitongo beat the offside trap 42 minutes in.

The Ton youngster broke clean through, but his low drilled shot was palmed away by Gallacher.

Dumbarton survived heading into the break, but the onslaught continued when the players came out for the second half.

Andy Murdoch’s cross landed at former Son Robert Thomson’s feet from eight, but his swivel shot is blocked by Andy Dowie for a corner after 47 minutes.

But three minutes later they grabbed their deserved equaliser.

Quitongo’s well weighted pass on the right found McHugh, who slid the ball past Gallacher to bring the scores level at Cappielow.

Dumbarton’s best chance to restore their lead came just minutes later, Barr having a free header from four yards out, but put the ball agonisingly wide.

Ricki Lamie was next to try his luck on 63 minutes for the home side, but his sweetly struck half volley flew just past Gallacher’s left post.

Walsh’s free-kick on 73 minutes was well saved by Derek Gaston, not quite far enough in the corner to trouble the goalkeeper.

Ross Forbes shot on 79 minutes stung the palms of Gallacher, before Hill and Dowie blocked shots from a corner minutes after before Gallacher was again called into action.

Morton pressed for the winner, as Sons had all 11 players camped in their own half for the remaining minutes. But they were able to cling on for a point, and next host struggling Dundee United on Saturday.

Kick-off against United is at 3pm at the Rock.

MORTON: Gaston, Murdoch, O’Ware, Lamie, Doyle, Oliver, Quitongo, Thomson (Forbes, 63), McHugh (Tiffoney, 87), Harkins, Russell.

Subs not used: Doohan, Forbes, Langan, Armour, Barr.

DUMBARTON: Gallacher, McLaughlin, Dowie, Wilson, Stewart (Roy, 82), Walsh (Gallagher, 82), Wardrop, Hutton, Hill, Froxylias (Morrison, 71), Barr.

Subs not used: Ewings,, Johnston, Prior.

Attendance: 1428