Scottish Championship
Morton4St Mirren1

Greenock Morton 4-1 St Mirren

Michael Tidser converts his second penalty of the day for Morton
Michael Tidser sent Saints keeper Craig Samson the wrong way with both his penalties

Michael Tidser scored two penalties to give Greenock Morton an early-season Renfrewshire derby win over St Mirren.

Both spot-kicks were conceded by Buddies defender Jack Baird, who was sent off after bringing down Bob McHugh for the second after 50 minutes.

Cammy Smith's wonderful 25-yarder had earlier brought St Mirren level.

Morton made the most of having an extra man with McHugh and Andy Murdoch adding further goals, both finding the bottom left-hand corner with low efforts.

It is an important psychological victory for the hosts, who were still smarting from the Paisley side beating them 4-1 on their Greenock patch in April.

One man unavailable to Ton a few months ago was Jai Quitongo because of a lengthy ankle injury.

He is back in the side now and caused St Mirren several problems here with his pace, strength and trickery.

The visitors felt he made too much of Baird's challenge that resulted in referee Willie Collum awarding the first penalty to Morton. Quitongo celebrated the judgement in the face of Baird and received a booking for doing so, as did Baird for the challenge and Craig Samson for protesting.

Samson could not complain about the quality of Tidser's penalty, which sent the Buddies goalkeeper the wrong way.

McHugh and Thomas O'Ware should have put Morton further ahead, and Jim Duffy's men were made to pay for their profligacy when Smith lashed a wonderful strike into the top corner from distance. Stewards had a tough time containing jubilant Saints fans pouring out of the away end.

Straight after the break Baird was in trouble again, bringing down McHugh, who had skilfully evaded the young centre-back following Quitongo's through-ball.

Baird received his marching orders and Tidser competently picked the opposite corner from his opener.

Quitongo snaked his way down the right to set up McHugh's composed finish from inside the box, before the striker turned creator for Murdoch's low drive into the same corner.

Post-match reaction:

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "The turning point was not only the red card but also that we went in front at the same time. It meant the 10 men couldn't sit in for a point and we managed to capitalise on the space they left.

"I'm always a bit unsure whether the same guy [Tidser] should take two penalties in one game but he's a very good penalty taker and long may it continue.

"Bob McHugh and Jai Quitongo, as well as a lot of others today, did very well. We've worked with different combinations up front but we haven't had a pairing because of injuries. Today will help [Quitongo] because like any player he has to believe in himself and get the confidence back. He was shattered at the end because of the work he put in."

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "At the time I thought the first one looked like a penalty. I don't know but I don't think the player needs to make the challenge. When you go to ground you run the risk of giving away a penalty and it wasn't a sensible decision by Jack [Baird].

"I thought as a whole back four we were very poor today. Middle to front we were fine today and created opportunities. Cammy's strike is indicative of how he's been the last few weeks.

"It's very early in the season but there's a lot of things we need to do better."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6DoyleSubstituted forMcManusat 76'minutes
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 8ForbesSubstituted forOliverat 85'minutes
  • 3Murdoch
  • 12Tidser
  • 10Thomson
  • 9QuitongoBooked at 27minsSubstituted forHarkinsat 76'minutes
  • 11McHugh

Substitutes

  • 7Oliver
  • 14Harkins
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 16Strapp
  • 18McManus
  • 26Iredale
  • 30McGowan

St Mirren

  • 1SamsonBooked at 27mins
  • 3IrvineBooked at 90mins
  • 15BairdBooked at 50mins
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 2Demetriou
  • 11Smith
  • 4McGinn
  • 16McShane
  • 10Morgan
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forBuchananat 51'minutes
  • 20ReillySubstituted forStewartat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Buchanan
  • 8Duffy
  • 17Kirkpatrick
  • 19Stewart
  • 21Stewart
  • 31O'Keefe
  • 44Eckersley
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,661

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 4, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 4, St. Mirren 1.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Booking

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Gary Oliver replaces Ross Forbes.

Foul by Connor McManus (Morton).

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

Ross Stewart (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 4, St. Mirren 1. Andy Murdoch (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert McHugh.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Connor McManus replaces Michael Doyle because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Gary Harkins replaces Jai Quitongo.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Morton).

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 3, St. Mirren 1. Robert McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jai Quitongo.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Attempt blocked. Ian McShane (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Morton).

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Morton).

Ian McShane (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Hand ball by Cameron Smith (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ross Stewart replaces Gavin Reilly.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Morton).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd22003126
2Dunfermline21106244
3Morton21104134
4Queen of Sth21015323
5St Mirren210145-13
6Livingston20203302
7Dumbarton20201102
8Falkirk201124-21
9Brechin201136-31
10Inverness CT200216-50
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