Scottish League Cup - Quarter-Final
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Greenock Morton 2-1 Dundee United

Jai Quitongo scores
Jai Quitongo (centre) scored his fourth goal in the competition

Greenock Morton overcame fellow Championship side Dundee United to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

Jai Quitongo fired in off the underside of the bar to give Morton the lead.

And Thomas O'Ware headed in Ross Forbes' corner to double the hosts' advantage.

United reduced their deficit in the second half, Nick van der Velden finishing well, but the visitors could not find a leveller.

Morton and Rangers, who beat Queen of the South, will go into Thursday's draw for the last four, with Celtic hosting Alloa Athletic and St Johnstone taking on Aberdeen in this week's other quarter-finals.

Unfamiliar foes

Fate can be a curious thing. Dundee United had not visited Cappielow in 20 years but found themselves facing Morton twice in five days.

Both managers insisted the cup tie in Greenock would have no influence on the weekend league meeting in Dundee but a measure of the differing depths of squad was Ray McKinnon's five changes for United and beleaguered Jim Duffy only able to make one switch due to injuries to half-a-dozen key players.

A scrappy first half ensued in which, on a balmy Greenock evening which served up perfect playing conditions - swarming midges apart - the ball was played too long, too often.

Jamie Lindsay and Nick van der Velden
The sides will meet again on Saturday

Quitongo shines

Over-hit diagonals seldom make for happy viewing and there were few early goalmouth thrills.

But then Quitongo, 19, lit the game up. He latched on to Ross Forbes' delicate head-flick but still had a lot to do. The striker is strong and athletic - his acrobatic celebration confirmed that - and he powered forward before unleashing a fine strike which seared beyond Cammy Bell. A star in the making, Quitongo threatened twice more after the break.

Moments after the opener, United were beginning to hope it might be another couple of decades before they had to return to Greenock, O'Ware's thumping header at the near post converting Forbes' corner.

Jai Quitongo celebrates
Quitongo (left) was a persistent threat for the hosts

Nervous end

The mission for the home side in the second half was to wrap barbed wire around their lead but the plan started to crack.

Van der Velden's low shot across Andy McNeil gave the visitors hope and Blair Spittal then struck a net-bound shot, but somehow McNeil got down to his left to shepherd the ball round the post.

Quitongo limped off with cramp, having given his considerable all, and United's Lewis Toshney came close to scoring.

It was a cliff-hanger of a climax and the scrappy early play was a distant memory. In the end Morton hung on to that cliff edge by their fingertips.

And now a first League Cup semi-final in 37 years beckons for a club who could not, on the night, even fill the substitutes' bench. Fate can be a curious thing.

Reaction

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "It was a terrific cup tie, two teams giving it everything. We defended brilliantly but our front two, Jai Quitongo and Gary Oliver, gave us an important out-ball and that penetration.

"We were a bit unfortunate once or twice on the counter attack.

"Every single player did themselves and the club proud."

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "Everything was pedestrian in the first half, we had no purpose. It was tippy-tappy without any penetration and we got punished twice.

"I'm really disappointed with that. It's probably the worst we've been this season. We need to be more positive on the ball and put teams on the back foot. Full credit to Morton."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 20McNeil
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Gunning
  • 17Russell
  • 18McDonaghBooked at 74mins
  • 10Lindsay
  • 8ForbesBooked at 90mins
  • 9OyenugaSubstituted forMcAleerat 76'minutes
  • 24QuitongoSubstituted forNesbittat 81'minutes
  • 7OliverSubstituted forTiffoneyat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 14Scullion
  • 16McAleer
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6ToshneyBooked at 85mins
  • 20van der StruijkBooked at 64minsSubstituted forDonaldsonat 76'minutes
  • 14EdjengueleBooked at 70mins
  • 3Dixon
  • 8Murdoch
  • 10FraserSubstituted forMurrayat 65'minutes
  • 23van der Velden
  • 15Smith
  • 7Spittal
  • 11ObadeyiSubstituted forCooteat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 9Murray
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 24Robson
  • 27Smith
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,149

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Dundee United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Gary Oliver.

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

Booking

Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Lewis Toshney (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Attempt missed. Lewis Toshney (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Nick van der Velden.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Jai Quitongo because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jai Quitongo (Morton) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Coll Donaldson replaces Frank van der Struijk.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Caolan McAleer replaces Kudus Oyenuga.

Booking

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andy McNeil.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jamie McDonagh (Morton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Scott Fraser.

Booking

Frank van der Struijk (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Frank van der Struijk (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd4220103710
3Dunfermline42027706
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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