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Greenock Morton 0-1 Livingston

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow
Livingston's Nicky Cadden (right)
Livingston's Nicky Cadden (right) scored the only goal of the game

Nicky Cadden's wonder-strike brought in-form Livingston victory against promotion play-off rivals Morton.

The winger found the top left corner of the net from 25 yards for his first goal of the season.

Scott Pitman had the chance to extend Livi's lead almost immediately, but was denied by Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

The hosts did hit the foot of the post through Mark Russell effort in the first half.

Livingston have now further consolidated their second place in the Championship, now eight points behind leaders St Mirren and eight ahead of third-placed Morton.

David Hopkin's men have won five of their last six games.

Visiting striker Ryan Hardie was almost gifted a goal in the first few minutes when Gaston spilled a cross, but he recovered well to divert Hardie's attempt wide.

Pitman tested Gaston again before Morton debutant worked hard to set up Russell for his low effort off the far post from the edge of the box.

Mikey Doyle was next to threaten for the Greenock men and Livi goalkeeper Neil Alexander was equal to the shot.

There were only two minutes on the clock in the second half when Cadden's impressive strike sailed past Gaston, and further efforts later clearly showed that had given him some extra confidence.

If Pitman's side-footed shot a couple of minutes later had been a bit harder, Livingston might have had a healthier lead, and Hardie kept Gaston on his toes with another low effort too.

Post-match reaction

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "It was a very difficult match and we knew it would be. They are a terrific side and they work hard and make it difficult for you to create.

"The one chance that came their way and Cadden scores a fantastic goal. I didn't think we were poor. I have no complaints about the attitude or work ethic of my players."

Livingston manager David Hopkin: "At half-time I had a wee go at a few of my players and asked for more. We score a wonder-strike and sometimes that's the difference.

"Young Nicky's come into the team the last few weeks and I've asked him to do more - that goal was worthy of winning any game and we defended magnificently the rest of the game."

Line-ups

Morton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gaston
  • 6DoyleBooked at 80mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Lamie
  • 16Strapp
  • 12TidserSubstituted forRossat 71'minutes
  • 3Murdoch
  • 14Harkins
  • 17RussellSubstituted forOliverat 83'minutes
  • 11McHugh
  • 18Baird

Substitutes

  • 7Oliver
  • 15Tiffoney
  • 20Brennan
  • 21Langan
  • 25Ross
  • 28Purdue

Livingston

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26HalkettBooked at 60mins
  • 4Lithgow
  • 23De VitaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMcMillanat 56'minutes
  • 6Byrne
  • 8Pittman
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forJacobsat 41'minutes
  • 11Cadden
  • 18MillerSubstituted forLongridgeat 75'minutes
  • 9Hardie

Substitutes

  • 2McMillan
  • 3Longridge
  • 5Buchanan
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Boyd
  • 14Jacobs
  • 20Maley
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
1,373

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 0, Livingston 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 0, Livingston 1.

  3. Post update

    Lewis Strapp (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack McMillan (Livingston).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Nicky Cadden.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Hardie (Livingston).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Gary Oliver replaces Mark Russell.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

  10. Post update

    Nicky Cadden (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    Michael Doyle (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael Doyle (Morton).

  13. Post update

    Scott Pittman (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Lewis Strapp (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Murdoch (Morton).

  19. Post update

    Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jackson Longridge replaces Lee Miller.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren26183547281957
2Livingston26147543271649
3Morton26118736241241
4Dundee Utd2312473128340
5Dunfermline2598839281135
6Queen of Sth259883834435
7Inverness CT2486103030030
8Falkirk2679102839-1130
9Dumbarton2449111531-1621
10Brechin2504211856-384
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