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Brechin City 1-1 Greenock Morton

Morton's Gary Oliver contests the ball with Brechin City's Finn Graham
Morton striker Gary Oliver saw one second-half effort cleared off the line

Brechin City are two points further adrift at the bottom of the Championship after being held to a draw by Morton.

Andy Jackson opened the scoring after seven minutes for the Glebe Park side, who have yet to win a league game.

The lead lasted only five minutes, though, before Bob McHugh equalised for the visitors.

Morton created the better chances after the break, with Gary Oliver's effort cleared off the line by Paul McLean.

Oliver was a first-half substitute for Jai Quitongo, who appeared to injure his hamstring, while Brechin City also suffered an early setback with Euan Spark being replaced by Willie Dyer.

Morton striker Jai Quitongo injured against Brechin City
Morton striker Jai Quitongo was injured during the first half and had to be replaced

Oliver headed wide during the second half, and was also involved in the build up before Andy Murdoch sent a left-foot volley wide.

Brechin had goalkeeper Graeme Smith to thank for their point, with the goalkeeper saving with his feet from Scott Tiffoney just before the final whistle.

Post-match reaction

Brechin City manager, Darren Dods: "We're happy with how we played, especially the first 15 minutes. We played some nice football, some good passing, but second half they forced us back. We had to dig in deep and we have struggled and not defended out box well enough last week, but we were back putting our bodies in when we had to.

"It's learning curve and one we've had to adapt to. We are slowly improving game by game and hopefully we can carry that on to the end of the season.

"I felt more positive after today. Callum Tapping was excellent and if we can get a couple more in during January then we'd be in a good place to get some positive results."

Brechin City manager Darren Dods
Brechin City manager Darren Dods has yet to win a league game with the Glebe Park side

Morton manager, Jim Duffy: "Brechin did well in the first half, they played on the counter very well. In the second half we changed the shape a bit and brought Scott Tiffoney out to the left to give us more width. That seemed to work for us. We had loads of shots on goals, keeper saves, blocks, cleared off the line. We did everything to win the game but we just couldn't get that final touch to get the ball over the line.

"[Tiffoney] has come through the system, he has a lot of potential. He has to muscle u pa bit, because when players get tight to him, her's light. But he's very quick, very direct and he's got a delivery as well. He can play on either flank and we have high hopes for Scott. This kind of game was a good education for him.

"St Mirren and Dundee United look as though they could be the two teams vying for the top spot, but there's probably another six clubs fighting for the play-offs and hopefully we would be one of them. On our day we're a decent side. This was a difficult day for us, Brechin make it difficult for you, they threw their bodies on the line and showed great spirit for a team at the bottom. It's a tough division."

Line-ups

Brechin

  • 1Smith
  • 14Lynas
  • 2McLean
  • 20Crighton
  • 15SparkSubstituted forDyerat 24'minutes
  • 8Graham
  • 6Dale
  • 7Tapping
  • 21SinclairSubstituted forWattat 76'minutes
  • 17McLennan
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forLayneat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dyer
  • 4Fusco
  • 10Layne
  • 11Watt
  • 18Orsi
  • 19O'Neil
  • 29Smith

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 5Lamie
  • 19GasparottoSubstituted forArmourat 77'minutes
  • 17Russell
  • 3Murdoch
  • 4O'Ware
  • 14HarkinsSubstituted forTidserat 69'minutes
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 9QuitongoSubstituted forOliverat 38'minutes
  • 11McHugh

Substitutes

  • 7Oliver
  • 12Tidser
  • 16Strapp
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour
  • 26Iredale
  • 27Farrell
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
694

Match Stats

Home TeamBrechinAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home3
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brechin City 1, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brechin City 1, Morton 1.

Attempt saved. Scott Tiffoney (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Callum Tapping (Brechin City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Connor McLennan.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sean Crighton.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Isaac Layne replaces Andrew Jackson.

Attempt missed. Andy Murdoch (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by James Dale (Brechin City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ben Armour replaces Luca Gasparotto.

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Morton) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Liam Watt replaces Jordan Sinclair.

Foul by Sean Crighton (Brechin City).

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

Attempt blocked. Robert McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Michael Tidser replaces Gary Harkins.

Attempt missed. Andy Murdoch (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Morton) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Willie Dyer.

Attempt blocked. Mark Russell (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Finn Graham (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Morton).

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sean Crighton.

Foul by Andrew Jackson (Brechin City).

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

Foul by Willie Dyer (Brechin City).

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

Attempt missed. Ricki Lamie (Morton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Paul McLean (Brechin City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Brechin City 1, Morton 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brechin City 1, Morton 1.

Hand ball by Willie Dyer (Brechin City).

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

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren21143439231645
2Dundee Utd2012353023739
3Dunfermline2095637241332
4Queen of Sth208663327630
5Livingston198652924530
6Morton197752720728
7Inverness CT206682223-124
8Dumbarton204881526-1120
9Falkirk193881830-1217
10Brechin2004161646-304
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