Scottish Championship
Morton1Inverness CT0

Greenock Morton 1-0 Inverness CT

Morton midfielder Gary Harkins scores against Inverness
Morton midfielder Gary Harkins scored the only goal of the game against Inverness from the penalty spot

Gary Harkins' penalty was enough for Morton to take all three points against 10-man Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The midfielder calmly rolled in his sixth goal of the season after David Raven had been dismissed for pulling back Bob Thomson.

Harkins had earlier hit the crossbar with the a free-kick and Thomson almost extended Ton's lead but his header was cleared off the line by Liam Polworth.

The win lifts Morton up to fourth in the Championship.

Caley Thistle had kept 10 clean sheets in their previous 11 games before this trip to Greenock, but looked more fragile early on at Cappielow.

Inverness defender David Raven sent off
Inverness defender David Raven was sent off by referee Colin Steven

Harkins' effort off the woodwork, as well as great saves by Mark Ridgers from Jai Quitongo and Thomson shots, underlined the hosts superiority.

Raven, who is expected to leave Inverness when his contract expires in January, had few complaints about his dismissal and Harkins was composed as he softly nudged the ball towards the bottom left corner.

The visitors reorganised and were much more steady in the second half, with George Oakley going fairly close with a glancing header, but Morton did enough to get their third win in four matches.

Post-match reactions

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "First half we were terrific. If it wasn't for Mark Ridgers we would have had put the game to bed. He made three unbelievable saves. We knew in the second half that Caley Thistle would make it difficult - their defensive record speaks for itself."

Inverness manager John Robertson: "It was a double whammy (penalty and red card). It was poor defending, David's had a wee tug at him and it's a penalty kick. The new rules say if it is a tug then it's a red card, which I find bizarre. To be fair Morton deserved their lead at that stage."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 4O'Ware
  • 17Russell
  • 3MurdochSubstituted forTiffoneyat 74'minutes
  • 14Harkins
  • 12Tidser
  • 10Thomson
  • 7OliverSubstituted forArmourat 85'minutes
  • 9QuitongoBooked at 75minsSubstituted forMcHughat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11McHugh
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 20Doohan
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour
  • 36Hynes

Inverness CT

  • 28Ridgers
  • 2RavenBooked at 22mins
  • 22McKay
  • 23DonaldsonBooked at 90mins
  • 3Tremarco
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forTraffordat 76'minutes
  • 7PolworthBooked at 69mins
  • 11VigursBooked at 57mins
  • 4Chalmers
  • 20BellSubstituted forSeedorfat 26'minutes
  • 9BairdBooked at 16minsSubstituted forOakleyat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 5Warren
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 14Oakley
  • 16Calder
  • 17Seedorf
  • 24Trafford
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
1,547

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Inverness CT 0.

Booking

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by George Oakley (Inverness CT).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Morton).

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ben Armour replaces Gary Oliver.

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

George Oakley (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Robert McHugh replaces Jai Quitongo.

Attempt missed. George Oakley (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Charlie Trafford replaces Jake Mulraney.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Robert Thomson.

Booking

Jai Quitongo (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Andy Murdoch.

Andy Murdoch (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Hand ball by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. George Oakley replaces John Baird.

Booking

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Collin Seedorf (Inverness CT).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren18122435221338
2Dundee Utd17113325141136
3Dunfermline1875634241026
4Morton177552518726
5Queen of Sth177553024626
6Livingston167542421326
7Inverness CT175571819-120
8Dumbarton174761421-719
9Falkirk16187925-1611
10Brechin1703141238-263
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