Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-4 St Mirren

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow
Stevie Mallan (right)
Stevie Mallan (right) gave St Mirren a second half lead

St Mirren hammered Renfrewshire rivals Morton at Cappielow to move up to eighth in the Championship.

Stelios Demetriou, Stevie Mallan, John Sutton and Gary MacKenzie all scored to make it four wins from their last five league games for the Buddies.

Andy Murdoch had levelled for the hosts but it was a rare moment of joy for Morton, without a win in five games.

St Mirren are now one point ahead of Raith Rovers, who they have still to play in the run-in.

Morton looked nervy early on and manager Jim Duffy berated his players for being too hesitant in defence, something which led to Demetriou's opener.

Similar to his double against Hibernian, the Cypriot cut in from the left and fired low into the corner with his right foot in front of the travelling, uncovered fans to give them reason to cheer in the wind and rain.

A fine Ton move got the hosts back in it before the break, with Michael Doyle crossing for Murdoch to side foot home.

But the Paisley men reasserted themselves immediately after half-time in brilliant fashion - Mallan finding the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box in typically impressive fashion.

Two became three when Rory Loy's low centre was converted by Sutton in what was his 100th start for the Buddies.

And defender MacKenzie put the icing on the cake with a downward header from Mallan's excellent delivery.

With four games remaining, Morton drop to fourth in the table but have an eight-point cushion on Queen of the South to protect their play-off prospects.

In-form St Mirren have to play the top three sides as well as Rovers in their battle for safety.

Line-ups

Morton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gaston
  • 6DoyleBooked at 69mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 8Forbes
  • 21Murdoch
  • 10LindsaySubstituted forTidserat 75'minutes
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 16ShanklandBooked at 86minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 88'minutes
  • 7OliverBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kilday
  • 9Oyenuga
  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 18McDonagh
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21O'Brien
  • 3IrvineBooked at 45mins
  • 15BairdBooked at 75mins
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 2Demetriou
  • 42Magennis
  • 10MallanSubstituted forQuinnat 90'minutes
  • 22McGinn
  • 11SmithSubstituted forToddat 88'minutes
  • 16LoySubstituted forStorieat 84'minutes
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 5Gordon
  • 8Quinn
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd
  • 35Whyte
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
4,609

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 1, St. Mirren 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 1, St. Mirren 4.

  3. Post update

    Andy Murdoch (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Josh Todd (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Donnelly (Morton).

  6. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Rocco Quinn replaces Stephen Mallan.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Luke Donnelly replaces Lawrence Shankland.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Cameron Smith.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

  11. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Booking

    Lawrence Shankland (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Morton).

  14. Post update

    Jack Baird (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Morton).

  16. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Craig Storie replaces Rory Loy.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Morton 1, St. Mirren 4. Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Mallan with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Russell.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Morton).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian321613348222661
2Falkirk321410851351652
3Dundee Utd3214994437751
4Morton32131184134750
5Queen of Sth32119124344-142
6Dunfermline32912113940-139
7Dumbarton32811134250-835
8St Mirren32810144250-834
9Raith Rovers3289152943-1433
10Ayr32710153155-2431
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