Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 0-1 Falkirk

Falkirk gave interim boss Alex Smith a winning start with their first league win of the season at Greenock Morton.

A stunning free-kick from Joe McKee after 62 minutes, against the run of play, proved enough to lift the Bairns out of the Championship's bottom two.

The visitors should have taken an early lead when Nathan Austin's effort was well saved by Derek Gaston and Kevin O'Hara curled the follow-up wide.

But McKee's strike broke the deadlock and they survived late Morton pressure.

Morton drop to sixth, seven points off leaders St Mirren, while Falkirk move four points above bottom side Brechin City.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5LamieBooked at 90mins
  • 17Russell
  • 8Forbes
  • 3Murdoch
  • 18McManusSubstituted forTiffoneyat 83'minutes
  • 14Harkins
  • 11McHughSubstituted forThomsonat 70'minutes
  • 7OliverSubstituted forArmourat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Thomson
  • 12Tidser
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 20Doohan
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour
  • 23Barr

Falkirk

  • 12Mitchell
  • 4Muirhead
  • 21Balatoni
  • 5Grant
  • 3McGhee
  • 6McKee
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forBluesat 82'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 17Harris
  • 20O'HaraSubstituted forShepherdat 83'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forMillerat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Thomson
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 18Miller
  • 19Shepherd
  • 23Gallacher
  • 24Blues
  • 28Craigen
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
1,992

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, Falkirk 1.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Andy Murdoch.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Booking

Ricki Lamie (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Connor McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Kevin O'Hara.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Cameron Blues replaces Thomas Taiwo.

Foul by Connor McManus (Morton).

Joe McKee (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ben Armour (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ben Armour replaces Gary Oliver.

Delay in match David Mitchell (Falkirk) because of an injury.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Morton).

(Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Robert Thomson replaces Robert McHugh.

Attempt missed. Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 0, Falkirk 1. Joe McKee (Falkirk) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Morton).

Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Andy Murdoch (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Nathan Austin.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Thomas Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Morton 0, Falkirk 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren86021913618
2Dundee Utd8521107317
3Dunfermline85122291316
4Livingston84311410415
5Queen of Sth83231411311
6Morton8323119211
7Dumbarton8233711-49
8Falkirk8134614-86
9Inverness CT81251016-65
10Brechin8026619-132
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