Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 0-0 St Mirren

Morton and St Mirren's first league meeting in 15 years ended in stalemate but nonetheless the match was rich in entertainment if not quality football.

Referee Greg Aitken ruled out a powerful header by St Mirren's Steven Thompson that ought to have stood, but it was the home side who were on top.

Denny Johnstone and Peter MacDonald were thwarted several times by St Mirren goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

And though Saints' Luke Conlan was sent off in the 55th minute, they held on.

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Prior to kick-off Morton manager Jim Duffy had said his players would need "focused minds to win" against their old rivals from Paisley and they certainly showed an appetite for the task at Cappielow.

Ton goalkeeper Derek Gaston enjoyed an almost stress-free first 45 minutes, but he had the referee to thank for keeping a clean sheet, the official deciding that he had been fouled when he rose to clear a Scott Agnew corner and Thompson had headed home in the seventh minute.

His only other telling contribution before a second-half clattering ended his involvement was to get down smartly to smother an Agnew half-volley in the 16th minute, the dynamic Saints midfielder having latched on to a lengthy Langfield punt.

Most of Langfield's efforts, however, were spent denying Morton a goal.

Luke Conlan is sent off by Greg Aitken
St Mirren's Luke Conlan is horrified to be sent off by Greg Aitken in 55 minutes

They had five chances in four first-half minutes, three falling to Johnstone, the 20-year-old Scot on loan from Birmingham, and two to the wily veteran MacDonald.

Bobby Barr also had a chance but his powerful strike was tipped over by the former Aberdeen keeper.

St Mirren were unbeaten in their last six visits to Greenock but that record looked in danger when, five minutes before the interval, Sean Kelly allowed a long ball from Morton defender Ricki Lamie to bounce towards goal.

Johnstone brushed Kelly aside and sent a left-foot lob a fraction past the far post and MacDonald's clipped free-kick that drifted narrowly wide rounded off a half full of Ton chances.

Agnew and Stefan McCluskey each had efforts that were too high before Conlan was shown a straight red card for a sliding challenge that sent Barr up in the air.

The Morton and St Mirren players exchange views after an incident involving Jim Goodwin
The Morton and St Mirren players exchange views after an incident involving Jim Goodwin

Saints boss Ian Murray withdrew Agnew for Jordan Stewart and it looked like the rest of the game would be characterised by plucky Saints defending - but they too had chances to win the game.

A stinging shot from MacDonald from Ross Forbes's lay-off at a free-kick tested Langfield yet again in 65 minutes.

As the tackles flew in, McCluskey was booked for catching Jim Goodwin in the head with his boot and, just after the Saints midfielder had got back to his feet, another player was felled, this time keeper Gaston from a kick in the mid-riff as Thompson raced in to meet a high ball.

That was Thompson's last contribution, his place taken by Calum Gallagher, the Buddies' signing from Rangers, and Gaston hobbled about briefly before being replaced by Grant Adam to come on to face one of his former clubs.

The substitute keeper made an immediate impression, keeping out Goodwin's rasping drive and he made an even better save in injury time to keep out the Irishman's free-kick.

But before that Langfield stretched to tip away a MacDonald snap shot from Barr's terrific counter attack, saved another shot from the attacker and saved a Lee Kilday header to further frustrate the home fans.

Jamie Langfield shakes hands with team-mate Paul McMullan
Jamie Langfield had one shaky moment near the end of the match but was otherwise in inspired form

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1GastonSubstituted forAdamat 72'minutes
  • 2KildayBooked at 90mins
  • 19GasparottoBooked at 4minsSubstituted forO'Wareat 62'minutes
  • 3Lamie
  • 15Pepper
  • 16BarrBooked at 90mins
  • 6Miller
  • 8Forbes
  • 11McCluskeyBooked at 68minsSubstituted forSabajoat 72'minutes
  • 9Johnstone
  • 10MacDonald

Substitutes

  • 4O'Ware
  • 12Scullion
  • 20Adam
  • 22Sabajo
  • 26Cairnie
  • 34Orr
  • 35Stevenson

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15Baird
  • 3Kelly
  • 5ConlanBooked at 55mins
  • 6Goodwin
  • 7McMullan
  • 10CarswellBooked at 86mins
  • 16AgnewSubstituted forStewartat 58'minutes
  • 11HowiesonSubstituted forMorganat 80'minutes
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forGallagherat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 8Gow
  • 14Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 19Cuddihy
  • 22Gallagher
  • 33Stewart
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
5,343

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, St. Mirren 0.

Booking

Bobby Barr (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Bobby Barr (Morton) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Bobby Barr (Morton).

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Lee Kilday (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Kilday (Morton).

Paul McMullan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lee Kilday (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Morton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Stuart Carswell (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart Carswell (St. Mirren).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Grant Adam.

Attempt saved. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Paul McMullan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romario Sabajo (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Cameron Howieson.

Foul by Bobby Barr (Morton).

Calum Gallagher (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Michael Miller (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Romario Sabajo (Morton).

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Grant Adam replaces Derek Gaston because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Romario Sabajo replaces Stefan McCluskey.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Calum Gallagher replaces Steven Thompson because of an injury.

(Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Booking

Stefan McCluskey (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan McCluskey (Morton).

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Stefan McCluskey (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Watson (St. Mirren).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers22008266
2Queen of Sth22004136
3Dumbarton22004226
4Falkirk21102114
5Raith Rovers21013123
6Hibernian21012203
7Morton302112-12
8St Mirren301225-31
9Livingston200204-40
10Alloa200228-60
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