Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 2-0 Raith Rovers

Ross Forbes
Ross Forbes' cross-cum-shot put Morton ahead

Greenock Morton climbed within five points of second place in the Scottish Championship with victory over Raith Rovers.

Ross Forbes opened the scoring when his cross-cum-shot from the right bounced untouched into the Rovers net.

Aberdeen loanee Lawrence Shankland doubled the lead after half-time, heading home Mark Russell's cross.

The win moves Jim Duffy's men within five points of Dundee United - who sit second - with a game in hand.

Raith Rovers were the last side to beat Morton in Greenock in March last year, but there was never any danger of that result being repeated on this occasion.

It was a game of few real chances in the first half and while the visitors did most of the pressing, it was the home side who took the lead on 27 minutes with a somewhat fortunate seventh goal of the season for Forbes.

Always dangerous cutting in from the right with his left foot, the winger's cross-cum-shot missed its intended target of Shankland, deceived Raith goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert and nestled in the corner of the net.

Bobby Barr had the visitors best chance of the half, but his angled shot was well saved by Morton keeper Derek Gaston right on the interval.

Raith started the second half on the front foot and Morton's Russell had to clear off the line before keeper Gaston produced two decent saves to stop good efforts from Ross Callachan and Ryan Hardie.

But it was the home side who stretched their lead on 67 minutes when Russell's deep cross from the left was met by Shankland to head a debut goal for Duffy's side following his move from St Mirren earlier in the week.

What the managers said

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "We played well today; it was a tough match as they all are in this division. But it's only January and at this point the players are enjoying their football and we are winning matches, but we are looking up the way rather than down.

"Shankland is a terrific move for us and his goal today has added to our game. Overall I thought all the players did well. This is a club which works hard and even last season we had a terrific season and we are just carrying that on.

"The target is to get as many points as you can and if we are still in the mix later in the season let's see what happens and where we can go."

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "I am obviously disappointed with the result, but though we had dominated for large spells of the game, but just did not take our chances.

"We have obviously been on a poor run, but again it just shows you how tight the league is."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 17Russell
  • 8Forbes
  • 10LindsayBooked at 90mins
  • 21Murdoch
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forTidserat 88'minutes
  • 7Oliver
  • 16ShanklandSubstituted forLamieat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lamie
  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 22Orr
  • 30McGowan
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 79mins
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forStewartat 66'minutes
  • 4Callachan
  • 21Thompson
  • 11Barr
  • 66StevensonSubstituted forRobertsat 76'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 52HardieSubstituted forMcManusat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thomson
  • 9Stewart
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 20McManus
  • 23Brennan
  • 55Barr
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,957

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Raith Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ricki Lamie replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Michael Tidser replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Booking

Scott Roberts (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Scott Roberts (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Attempt blocked. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

Attempt saved. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Lee Kilday (Morton).

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Morton).

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Scott Roberts (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Scott Roberts replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Declan McManus replaces Ryan Hardie.

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

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Aidan Nesbitt (Morton).

Ryan Stevenson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Morton).

Ryan Stevenson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Raith Rovers 0. Lawrence Shankland (Morton) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Chris Johnston.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian21136236112545
2Dundee Utd21116430201039
3Morton209742920934
4Falkirk218763125631
5Dunfermline216782730-325
6Raith Rovers206772124-325
7Queen of Sth216782832-425
8Dumbarton2156102231-921
9Ayr214891931-1220
10St Mirren2127121938-1913
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