Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-1 Falkirk

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow
Rowan Vine

Falkirk's Championship title chances are hanging by a thread after dropping points against relegated Morton.

Conor McGrandles' sixth goal of the season capped a well-crafted move to give the visitors the lead.

But Morton equalised when Rowan Vine was on hand to finish from four yards following Barrie McKay's low cross.

Both sides had great chances to snatch the win, with Falkirk's Craig Sibbald hitting the post and Scott Shepherd denied by Morton keeper Nicolas Caraux.

However, two points dropped means the third-placed Bairns are now three behind leaders Dundee with one game to play. Falkirk need other results and goal difference to go their way next weekend if they are to end up champions.

Morton made an uncertain start as a combination of a few dodgy pass-backs and hesitant clearances by Caraux almost allowed Falkirk's Rory Loy in.

But Kenny Shiels' men composed themselves and Thomas O'Ware glanced a header narrowly wide before Imrie's long-range effort had Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern worried.

When Darren Cole was dispossessed in the box at the other end, Blair Alston looked odds-on to score but side-footed wide from 12 yards to the frustration of Falkirk fans behind the goal.

But they were celebrating shortly after; McGrandles tucking home his sixth of the season after a lovely flick-on by Mark Beck and an unselfish square pass by Rory Loy.

Morton put a spanner in the works on the hour-mark. McKay did well to scamper down the left and put in a low cross which neither Stephen Kingsley nor David McCracken could deal with, leaving Vine to smash it in.

The win could still have gone to the visitors, had Sibbald's shot from the angle not rebounded off Caraux's upright.

And substitute Scott Shepherd watched as his low, injury-time effort was clutched by a grateful Caraux just before it trundled over the line.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 22O'WareBooked at 45mins
  • 28Russell
  • 2Taggart
  • 40ColeBooked at 63mins
  • 6Findlay
  • 25Robertson
  • 21Bachirou
  • 18Vine
  • 19McKay
  • 8Imrie

Substitutes

  • 10Campbell
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20McIntyre
  • 24Knight
  • 27McNeil
  • 36Cairnie
  • 44McCormack

Falkirk

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Duffie
  • 36Chalmers
  • 11McGrandles
  • 34McCracken
  • 3Kingsley
  • 8AlstonSubstituted forShepherdat 84'minutes
  • 35MillarBooked at 69minsSubstituted forDurojaiyeat 82'minutes
  • 7Beck
  • 33Loy
  • 10Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 4Durojaiye
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Dick
  • 19Leahy
  • 21Rowan
  • 30Bia Bi
  • 31Shepherd
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,921

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 1, Falkirk 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 1, Falkirk 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Shepherd (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

  5. Post update

    Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Russell (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Fouad Bachirou (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Chalmers (Falkirk).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Blair Alston.

  11. Post update

    Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Beck (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

  15. Post update

    Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Olumide Durojaiye replaces Mark Millar.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Millar.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

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