Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 1-1 Greenock Morton

Morton's Ricki Lamie (right) celebrates scoring the equalising goal
Morton's Ricki Lamie (right) celebrates scoring the equalising goal

Ricki Lamie's first ever Morton goal snatched his side a point in added time against Renfrewshire rivals St Mirren.

The defender fired home from close range after the Buddies failed to deal with a late corner.

Saints had taken the lead from a first half set piece that Gary MacKenzie headed home.

Three points had seemed even more likely for the hosts when Morton's Jamie McDonagh was red carded for kicking out.

Lamie had already hit the crossbar in Paisley when his header cannoned back off the woodwork at the end of the first half.

But his maiden goal in two-and-half-years at the Greenock club came in the last seconds of the game to break the Buddies' hearts.

St Mirren's goal arrived when Stevie Mallan's corner was met confidently by the head of centre-back MacKenzie, who directed it beyond Derek Gaston.

On the hour-mark McDonagh received a straight red card from referee Nick Walsh for aiming a soft kick at Saints midfielder Rocco Quinn when the pair tangled on the ground.

The hosts failed to make their advantage count, though, and instead Jamie Lindsay and Thomas O'Ware threatened before Lamie eventually made Saints pay.

Post-match reaction

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "Disappointed that we ended up throwing away two points but equally disappointed with our performance in the last 25 minutes.

"We were good for the first hour but didn't handle our man advantage well enough. We allowed ourselves to be put in a position where it became precarious.

"We should have retained possession better and made them work harder to get the ball.

"Aberdeen's Craig Storie should arrive on loan on the seventh of January and hopefully two or three other faces will join him as well."

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the performance which certainly deserved the point.

"We always looked a threat and a side in control of the game, but obviously we lost a goal from a set piece and that can happen.

"It was a red card for Jamie McDonagh, absolutely no qualms about that. I told him at the end of the game that he let his team-mates down. But he's 20 years of age and he's done really well for us - he's just had a rush of blood and kicked out.

"If you score a late goal in a derby match it does feel like a victory.

"We're on the look-out for a striker."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2NaismithBooked at 82mins
  • 4Webster
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 3Irvine
  • 8QuinnSubstituted forMclearat 61'minutes
  • 42MagennisSubstituted forClarksonat 71'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 29McAllisterSubstituted forGallagherat 88'minutes
  • 10Mallan
  • 17Morgan
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Clarkson
  • 11Gallagher
  • 15Baird
  • 18Mclear
  • 20Hardie
  • 25Shankland

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Gunning
  • 3Lamie
  • 8ForbesBooked at 56mins
  • 10LindsayBooked at 11minsSubstituted forNesbittat 74'minutes
  • 21MurdochSubstituted forTidserat 80'minutes
  • 17Russell
  • 7OliverSubstituted forOyenugaat 45'minutes
  • 18McDonaghBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kilday
  • 9Oyenuga
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 20McNeil
  • 39Strapp
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,902

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Morton 1.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Morton 1. Ricki Lamie (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Lewis Morgan.

Gavin Gunning (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Calum Gallagher replaces Kyle McAllister.

Booking

Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jason Naismith (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Morton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Mclear (St. Mirren).

Attempt blocked. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Michael Tidser replaces Andy Murdoch.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by David Clarkson.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by David Clarkson.

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Naismith (St. Mirren).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Booking

David Clarkson (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Clarkson (St. Mirren).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Jamie Lindsay.

Attempt blocked. Andy Webster (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. David Clarkson replaces Kyle Magennis.

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ross Forbes.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Mclear replaces Rocco Quinn because of an injury.

Dismissal

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie McDonagh (Morton).

Booking

Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Jamie McDonagh (Morton).

Foul by Kudus Oyenuga (Morton).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian19116232112139
2Dundee Utd19115327141338
3Morton187742519628
4Falkirk197662623327
5Raith Rovers176742016425
6Queen of Sth195682229-721
7Dumbarton195682128-721
8Ayr194781828-1019
9Dunfermline184682229-718
10St Mirren1926111834-1612
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