Scottish Championship
St Mirren1Morton1

St Mirren 1-1 Greenock Morton

John Sutton scores for St Mirren with seven minutes of normal time to go
John Sutton scores for St Mirren with seven minutes of normal time to go

Renfrewshire rivals St Mirren and Morton had to make do with a point each in their Scottish Championship opener.

Michael Tidser had already skimmed the Saints crossbar with a shot before Thomas O'Ware headed Jim Duffy's Greenock men in front after 17 minutes.

St Mirren manager Alex Rae changed his formation to a 3-4-3 and saw an immediate improvement.

Lewis Morgan's cross into the box was met by the towering substitute John Sutton to nod home for the draw.

Morton started the game with pace and, after Tidser's 25-yard shot in seven minutes had grazed the woodwork, they had the bar shaking again when the unmarked Lee Kilday rattled it with a header.

The Ton made the breakthrough when Ross Forbes' great free-kick was bulleted into the net by O'Ware from close range.

The Saints fans had to wait until the 20th minute to see a chance for their side, David Clarkson's low shot drifting wide of the far post.

And their old rivals should have doubled their lead soon after when Gary Oliver teed up Jai Quitongo but he sclaffed his shot wide.

In the second half St Mirren's Calum Gallagher found Lawrence Shankland at the edge of the box, but Kilday blocked the shot.

Saints goalkeeper Jamie Langfield saved a snatched shot by Gary Oliver to keep his team in the match and with seven minutes remaining Sutton headed the leveller.

Duffy and Rae were animated on the touchline as they willed their teams to find the winner, but both had to be content with the draw.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Langfield
  • 2NaismithBooked at 55mins
  • 15BairdBooked at 12mins
  • 4Webster
  • 3IrvineBooked at 51minsSubstituted forSuttonat 72'minutes
  • 11GallagherSubstituted forWalshat 65'minutes
  • 10Mallan
  • 14Hutton
  • 17Morgan
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHardieat 52'minutes
  • 25Shankland

Substitutes

  • 9Sutton
  • 12Gallacher
  • 16Walsh
  • 20Hardie
  • 35Whyte
  • 36O'Keefe
  • 39McDonald

Morton

  • 1GastonBooked at 90mins
  • 6Doyle
  • 2KildayBooked at 52mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 8Forbes
  • 10LindsaySubstituted forRussellat 77'minutes
  • 12TidserBooked at 90mins
  • 18McDonagh
  • 7OliverSubstituted forMcAleerat 90+3'minutes
  • 24QuitongoSubstituted forTiffoneyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Scullion
  • 16McAleer
  • 17Russell
  • 20McNeil
  • 21Stevenson
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,997

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Morton 1.

Full Time

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

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Walsh (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Caolan McAleer replaces Gary Oliver.

Booking

Michael Tidser (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Attempt missed. John Sutton (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Andy Webster (St. Mirren).

Michael Doyle (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ross Forbes.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Jai Quitongo.

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Morton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Lewis Morgan.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Morton 1. John Sutton (St. Mirren) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Morgan.

Delay in match Jamie McDonagh (Morton) because of an injury.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Morton).

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Tom Walsh (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Mark Russell replaces Jamie Lindsay.

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ross Forbes.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Gary Irvine.

Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Tom Walsh replaces Calum Gallagher.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt saved. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002023
2Dunfermline11004313
3Hibernian11002113
4Dundee Utd10101101
5Morton10101101
6Queen of Sth10101101
7St Mirren10101101
8Dumbarton100134-10
9Falkirk100112-10
10Ayr100102-20
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