Scottish Championship
Morton1St Mirren1

Greenock Morton 1-1 St Mirren

Morton's Thomas O'Ware scores against St Mirren
Thomas O'Ware headed Morton's equaliser

St Mirren's lead at the top of the Championship was reduced to three points as Morton responded to an opener from Celtic-bound Lewis Morgan to draw.

Just as Morton started to work their way into the game after early Buddies pressure, the 21-year-old winger pounced to fire home from 12 yards.

Mullen was denied by the inside of the post as St Mirren looked to extend their lead.

But Thomas O'Ware rose to head the equaliser with 10 minutes remaining.

With the Premiership having gone into a three-week winter hibernation, St Mirren prospect Morgan was the centre of attention as he nears a transfer to Celtic that appears likely to see him loaned back until the end of the season.

The winger has said he wants to help the Buddies win the title and promotion before leaving for the Scottish champions and they made the trip to Greenock seeking a fifth straight victory - and a fifth away from home - after having beaten nearest challengers Dundee United on Saturday.

But they had lost 4-1 in their last visit to Cappielow in August, were also held to a 2-2 draw by Morton in Paisley in October and another derby without a win allows United to narrow the gap once again after their convincing win over bottom side Brechin City.

Morton had also only lost once in their last five outings, but Jack Ross' visitors had them pinned back in the early stages.

The ball failed to fall kindly as crosses were peppered around the home penalty box - until Ian McShane curled a fine cross into the path of Danny Mullen in front of goal.

St Mirren's Lewis Morgan celebrates scoring against Morton
Lewis Morgan gave St Mirren the lead in the Renfrewshire derby

Although Michael Doyle won his wrestling match with the St Mirren striker, it was deflected into the path of Morgan to finish low and clinically into the far corner.

A Mullen shot came off the post before being gathered by goalkeeper Derek Gaston as St Mirren threatened to extend their lead.

However, the visitors were lucky to escape a penalty claim when Robert Thomson appeared unfortunate to be booked for simulation after being clipped by Jack Baird.

Michael Tidser lashed a drive over from a promising position and another Morton penalty claim was waved away by referee Kevin Clancy when a Gary Oliver shot struck Baird.

An encouraged Morton flew at their visitors after the break and Jai Quitongo forced a near-post save from goalkeeper Craig Samson.

Despite the home pressure, heightened tensions and tempers on edge, St Mirren supplied a moment of humour as Cypriot left-back Stelios Demetriou ate a chocolate bar thrown at him from the stands before completing his throw-in.

However, the game turned sour for the Buddies as the equaliser finally came when O'Ware escaped his marker to head in a Jonathan Tiffoney corner.

Substitute John Sutton screwed a header across the face of goal as St Mirren pressed for a late winner, but Morton held on to remain in fifth spot ahead of Queen of the South on goal difference.

Match reaction

Greenock Morton defender Thomas O'Ware: "In the second half, we were more like ourselves. In the first half, it showed we had not had a game in a week and we were rusty.

"But we got in at half-time, there were a few words said and the second-half was exactly what we are about.

"We pressed them and didn't give them any time on the ball.

"We just went for it and obviously we got the goal and were unlucky not to get a second because I think it was a penalty towards the end."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6DoyleBooked at 69mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 3Murdoch
  • 14HarkinsBooked at 50minsSubstituted forTiffoneyat 65'minutes
  • 12Tidser
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 34mins
  • 7OliverBooked at 82mins
  • 9QuitongoSubstituted forMcHughat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Forbes
  • 11McHugh
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 19Gasparotto
  • 20Doohan
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 25Smith
  • 15Baird
  • 24Davis
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4McGinnBooked at 69mins
  • 16McShane
  • 7MagennisBooked at 68mins
  • 11SmithSubstituted forSuttonat 87'minutes
  • 10Morgan
  • 27MullenSubstituted forReillyat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Irvine
  • 5Buchanan
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 9Sutton
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Stewart
  • 31O'Keefe
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,126

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Russell.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Stelios Demetriou.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (St. Mirren).

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Cameron Smith.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Magennis.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Robert McHugh replaces Jai Quitongo.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Jai Quitongo (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Gary Oliver (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

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

Foul by Cameron Smith (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, St. Mirren 1. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Tiffoney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Robert Thomson (Morton).

Attempt saved. Gavin Reilly (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Michael Doyle (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Scott Tiffoney (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ian McShane (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Foul by Gavin Reilly (St. Mirren).

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Gary Harkins.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Morton).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren20133438231542
2Dundee Utd19123429171239
3Livingston188642923630
4Dunfermline1985636241229
5Morton187652619727
6Queen of Sth197663227527
7Inverness CT196672222024
8Dumbarton194871525-1020
9Falkirk182881229-1714
10Brechin1903161545-303
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