Scottish Championship
Morton1Raith Rovers0

Greenock Morton 1-0 Raith Rovers

Injury-ravaged Morton chalked up another vital victory with a one goal triumph over Raith Rovers. And the goal was a stunner.

Ross Forbes gave Morton the lead with a fabulous free kick on 18 minutes.

The opportunity for the strike- around 25 yards out and right sided - was created by sterling work by Jai Quitongo whose body strength knocked Kyle Benedictus horizontal in a fair shoulder charge.

He ploughed on towards goal only to be fouled.

Forbes took the kick and curled it gloriously round the wall and in low at Kevin Cuthbert's left hand post to the delight of the home support in a crowd of 1,528.

And in the end it was all Morton needed to embrace all three points

It was good stuff with chances at both ends, big Jean-Yves M'Voto with a header for Raith and Forbes firing over after a three-on-two break by the Greenock side, for example.

There was a blow and a reshape for Morton after 38 minutes, with Gavin Gunning floored and unable to continue and stretchered off, to be replaced by former Rangers player Andy Murdoch.

It was all Ton manager Jim Duffy needed. Another player on the treatment table.

It didn't stop the hosts' flow and they should have had a penalty when M'Voto handled just inside the area as he was pursued by Quintongo.

Robbie Neilson, the Hearts manager, was in the stand to watch his loan player at Raith, Liam Smith, and he saw him given a torrid time from the lively Greenock attack.

There was drama in the last few minutes when Andy McNeill was forced to go off with a head knock to be replaced in goal by Derek Gaston, whose first job was to save a free kick from Declan McManus.

It meant a nervy climax but Morton were well worth the win.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 20McNeilSubstituted forGastonat 90'minutes
  • 6DoyleBooked at 50mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5GunningSubstituted forMurdochat 38'minutes
  • 17Russell
  • 18McDonagh
  • 10LindsayBooked at 81mins
  • 8Forbes
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forTiffoneyat 85'minutes
  • 24Quitongo
  • 7OliverBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 14Scullion
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Orr
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 25SmithSubstituted forThompsonat 67'minutes
  • 5MvotoBooked at 72mins
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 29mins
  • 3McHattie
  • 14Davidson
  • 11Barr
  • 4Callachan
  • 19SkacelBooked at 58minsSubstituted forStewartat 60'minutes
  • 18RobertsSubstituted forJohnstonat 66'minutes
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 7Johnston
  • 9Stewart
  • 12Matthews
  • 16Coustrain
  • 21Thompson
  • 23Brennan
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
1,528

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Derek Gaston replaces Andy McNeil because of an injury.

Delay in match Andy McNeil (Morton) because of an injury.

Booking

Gary Oliver (Morton) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie McDonagh (Morton).

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Aidan Nesbitt.

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jai Quitongo (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Jordan Thompson replaces Liam Smith because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Chris Johnston replaces Scott Roberts.

Andy Murdoch (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Roberts (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth85301441018
2Hibernian7511124816
3Falkirk8422117414
4Raith Rovers84131311213
5Dundee Utd7322129311
6Morton8233812-49
7Ayr8224614-88
8Dunfermline82151116-57
9Dumbarton8134811-36
10St Mirren8044916-74
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