Scottish League Cup - First Round
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Greenock Morton 5-0 Elgin City

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland

Denny Johnstone scored on his debut to help Morton record what was eventually a comfortable win over Elgin City in the Scottish League Cup first round.

The on-loan Birmingham striker back-heeled the hosts' second after some nice trickery from Jon Scullion.

Earlier, Stefan McCluskey had tapped in to put Morton ahead.

The impressive Scullion later scored twice into the bottom right corner, either side of Ross Forbes' penalty kick.

With good hold-up play and an ability to bring others into the play, former Celtic forward Johnstone showed with more than just his goal that he could be the man to fill the boots of Declan McManus, who was a hit on loan last season from Aberdeen, at Cappielow.

Winger Bobby Barr looked lively on both flanks and got the ball rolling, quite literally across the box, for McCluskey's opener.

Scullion is one of the smallest footballers you will see but used his low centre of gravity to skilfully create in-roads into the Elgin defence.

On paper, this was a Morton mauling of Elgin, but the Greenock side's first-half display was laboured and they are unlikely to get away with that in their first three Championship games versus Falkirk, Hibernian and St Mirren.

Elgin will look at Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston's fantastic one-handed save from Brian Cameron's strike as a turning point, as that denied the visitors an equaliser.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 15Pepper
  • 2Kilday
  • 3Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 16BarrSubstituted forMcKeownat 82'minutes
  • 6MillerBooked at 24minsSubstituted forStevensonat 75'minutes
  • 8Forbes
  • 11McCluskey
  • 12Scullion
  • 9JohnstoneSubstituted forOrrat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McKeown
  • 20Adam
  • 26Cairnie
  • 34Orr
  • 35Stevenson
  • 36Tennant

Elgin

  • 1Black
  • 2CooperBooked at 74mins
  • 17Gordon
  • 5Duff
  • 3McHardy
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 23minsSubstituted forMacPheeat 63'minutes
  • 6McLeanBooked at 61minsSubstituted forHunterat 64'minutes
  • 8Nicolson
  • 11MooreSubstituted forHalsmanat 76'minutes
  • 10Cameron
  • 9GunnBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 12MacPhee
  • 14Hunter
  • 15Halsman
  • 16Bruce
  • 21Storrier
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
1,052

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamElgin
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 5, Elgin City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 5, Elgin City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Gordon.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Gunn (Elgin City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Kilday (Morton).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Halsman (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Craig Gunn (Elgin City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Orr (Morton).

  10. Post update

    Jamie Duff (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Morton 5, Elgin City 0. Jon Scullion (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan McCluskey.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Frank McKeown replaces Bobby Barr.

  13. Post update

    Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Halsman (Elgin City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Elgin City. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Thomas Orr replaces Denny Johnstone.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Dylan Stevenson (Morton).

  18. Post update

    Brian Cameron (Elgin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Darryl McHardy.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Barr (Morton).