Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 0-1 Greenock Morton

Kudus Oyenuga
Kudus Oyenuga's goal gave Morton the points

Falkirk suffered their first defeat of 2017 after Kudus Oyenuga's header gave Greenock Morton all three points.

Thomas O'Ware missed at the back post for the visitors in the first half while goalkeeper Derek Gaston saved well from Falkirk's John Baird.

Ross Forbes was denied by a fine save from Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers before Oyenuga finally broke the deadlock.

The result moves Jim Duffy's side level on points with second-placed Falkirk.

It means Duffy's team became the only side in the top four to take maximum points as the battle for the play-off places intensified once again, with them also having two games in hand over the Bairns.

The clash of the two form teams in the Championship drew a big Saturday evening crowd of 4,584.

There has been absolutely nothing between the sides so far this season, with each of the three previous league meetings being drawn, and it looked like that was going to be the case again.

Lawrence Shankland and Peter Grant traded half chances before the visitors should have taken the lead with a well worked free-kick.

Forbes played in Gary Oliver, whose cross found O'Ware at the far post but the defender could not add to his 10 goals this season, blasting a half-volley over the crossbar.

However, the best moment of the first half came right on the interval whistle, when Fraser Aird found Baird in the box and his thumping shot from eight yards was brilliantly saved by Gaston in the Morton goal.

The visitors started strongly in the second half and Rogers produced a save to match Gaston's from a terrific Forbes' free-kick.

Forbes then flashed another great effort inches over the top before Baird got his bearings wrong in the box with a header which might have put the home side in front.

It was Oyenuga who was to make the difference with a great header from an Aiden Nesbitt cross which flashed past Rogers for his third and maybe most important goal of the season.

Post-match reaction

Falkirk first team coach James McDonaugh: "It was a tight game, and we might have been a wee bit unfortunate to not go in at half-time with the lead.

"The boys worked hard but maybe we lacked a wee bit up front, but it is tight in this divisiona and we had the ambition to get a play-off place so we are still very much on course.

"We can still claim that second place and we will do everything in our power to make sure we finish as high up the division as we can. A frustrating day all round, but Hibs next week is massive and we are looking forward to it."

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "That was an outstanding result. Falkirk is a very, very difficult place to come and get a result like that. We got one or two little breaks, including that great save from Derek Gaston, and while we were maybe a little fortunate to win, it was a terrific result for the team.

"It is Kudus Oyenuga's birthday today, so that is a great celebration for him. I would have gladly taken a point from here tonight, so to take three is excellent.

"We still have a bit of work to do to confirm a top four place, but we are just happy to be up there at the top end of the league. We will enjoy the weekend and with Dunfermline to play next week the tough games just keep on coming."

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Kidd
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Taiwo
  • 8KerrBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 65'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 33AirdSubstituted forCraigenat 75'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9BairdSubstituted forMcHughat 72'minutes
  • 16Austin

Substitutes

  • 4Muirhead
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 18Miller
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Shepherd
  • 24Thomson
  • 28Craigen

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 21Murdoch
  • 8Forbes
  • 10Lindsay
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 7OliverSubstituted forDonnellyat 78'minutes
  • 16ShanklandSubstituted forOyenugaat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Oyenuga
  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 18McDonagh
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,584

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 0, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Morton 1.

Foul by Robert McHugh (Falkirk).

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

Attempt blocked. James Craigen (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

James Craigen (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Craigen (Falkirk).

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 0, Morton 1. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Aidan Nesbitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Luke Donnelly replaces Gary Oliver.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces Fraser Aird.

Attempt saved. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces John Baird.

Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Foul by Nathan Austin (Falkirk).

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Peter Grant (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Lee Kilday.

Attempt blocked. Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Falkirk).

Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Myles Hippolyte replaces Mark Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Lawrence Shankland.

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

Attempt blocked. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian281510344192555
2Falkirk29139748321648
3Morton27139539271248
4Dundee Utd2812883831744
5Queen of Sth2998123641-535
6Dunfermline28711103638-232
7Raith Rovers2988132840-1232
8Dumbarton29710123947-831
9Ayr28610122644-1828
10St Mirren2969143146-1527
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