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Greenock Morton 4-1 Brechin City

Scott Tiffoney
A goal by Scott Tiffoney put Morton 2-1 up against Brechin

Scott Tiffoney scored his first senior goal for Greenock Morton as they comfortably beat Brechin City.

The hosts took the lead early when Gary Oliver swept in from Ross Forbes' delivery.

Isaac Layne's impressive equaliser for Brechin stunned the Greenock men, but Tiffoney popped up just outside the box to loop the ball over Graeme Smith.

Gary Harkins added a third from the penalty spot before Forbes teed up Jai Quitongo for the fourth.

The Cappielow side's chances of being involved in the promotion race look at lot healthier now after winning their past two games and going level on points with fourth-placed Dunfermline Athletic.

The highlight was the special moment for 19-year-old Tiffoney - a product of Morton's youth system - despite it being an unorthodox finish.

Never afraid to take someone on and blessed with pace, Tiffoney looked lively both before and after his strike.

Oliver's second goal of the season - a low finish in off the post from six yards - meant Morton started on the front foot.

Smith saved sharply from Thomas O'Ware to prevent the hosts extending their lead before Layne thumped a rising shot into the top left corner to bring Brechin level.

The visitors failed to hold on until the break as Tiffoney's strike nudged Morton back in front.

Paul McLean gave home goalkeeper Derek Gaston something to think about from distance early in the second half, but the hosts got a crucial third from the spot through Harkins after Oliver drew a foul.

Forbes could claim his second assist of the afternoon when he put the ball on a plate for substitute Quitongo to roll home from six yards.

Despite conceding four goals, Smith played well and superbly denied O'Ware near the end.

Post-match reaction

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy: "Brechin scored from the only mistake we made in the game, really, but takes nothing away from Isaac Layne, it was an outstanding finish.

"Thankfully, we scored before half-time through Scott Tiffoney and we didn't need to force the game in the second half. It bounced up and he improvised and thankfully it went in the top corner.

"We probably could have scored another three or four if it hadn't been for the outstanding form of Graeme Smith.

"We've had a good spread of goals and it was good to have Michael Tidser and Jai Quitongo coming back today."

Brechin City manager Darren Dods: "We gave them a goal of a start but we got back in the game five minutes before half-time. We thought we would settle ourselves down and then gave away a poor goal.

"We had a go second half and pushed players forward.

"The tackle went in on Gary Oliver [for the penalty] and he stays on his feet and the next thing the referee is pointing to the spot. Where we were it didn't seem like there was much in it.

"Maybe a few heads went down in the last few minutes. It was good to get Andy Jackson back involved."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Lamie
  • 8Forbes
  • 3MurdochBooked at 12minsSubstituted forTidserat 59'minutes
  • 14HarkinsSubstituted forLanganat 89'minutes
  • 15TiffoneySubstituted forQuitongoat 74'minutes
  • 7Oliver
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 9Quitongo
  • 11McHugh
  • 12Tidser
  • 17Russell
  • 20Doohan
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour

Brechin

  • 1Smith
  • 20Crighton
  • 2McLean
  • 29Smith
  • 15Spark
  • 6Dale
  • 8GrahamSubstituted forJacksonat 81'minutes
  • 11Watt
  • 14Lynas
  • 10LayneBooked at 78mins
  • 18OrsiSubstituted forSinclairat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fusco
  • 9Jackson
  • 12O'Neil
  • 19O'Neil
  • 21Sinclair
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
1,388

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamBrechin
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 4, Brechin City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 4, Brechin City 1.

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

Foul by Liam Watt (Brechin City).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

Attempt saved. Ricki Lamie (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

Attempt saved. Luca Gasparotto (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ruaridh Langan replaces Gary Harkins.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jordan Sinclair.

Attempt saved. Jai Quitongo (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by James Dale.

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Morton) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul McLean.

Attempt saved. Euan Smith (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Liam Watt (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 4, Brechin City 1. Jai Quitongo (Morton) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Forbes.

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Andrew Jackson replaces Finn Graham.

Booking

Isaac Layne (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Isaac Layne (Brechin City).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Jai Quitongo replaces Scott Tiffoney.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 3, Brechin City 1. Gary Harkins (Morton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Morton. Gary Oliver draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Euan Smith (Brechin City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Gary Oliver (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Euan Spark (Brechin City).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aron Lynas.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Michael Tidser replaces Andy Murdoch.

Foul by Finn Graham (Brechin City).

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

Foul by Robert Thomson (Morton).

Sean Crighton (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Jordan Sinclair replaces Kalvin Orsi.

Attempt missed. Paul McLean (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Euan Smith.

Attempt missed. Scott Tiffoney (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd159332014630
2St Mirren1592429191029
3Livingston147432418625
4Dunfermline1565430171323
5Morton156542416823
6Queen of Sth156542319423
7Dumbarton154651420-618
8Inverness CT154561718-117
9Falkirk14167925-169
10Brechin1503121034-243
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