Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton come from behind to beat Ross County 2-1

Bob McHugh
Bob McHugh scored Greenock Morton's winner

Clinical Greenock Morton extended their unbeaten run and knocked Ross County off the top of the Championship.

Don Cowie opened the scoring for County after a scoreless first half, sliding the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Scully.

But Michael Tidser quickly belted a left-footed shot from long range to level.

Bob McHugh latched on to a loose ball inside the County box and fired across Scott Fox into the net, taking Morton joint top of the table with Ayr United.

County, the bookmakers' favourites to win the league, lose their 100% record in the division while Morton maintain their unbeaten start in the second tier.

Neither side was able to muster a shot on target in the first half but the game came to life in the second period and late chances for Michael Gardyne and Callum Morris almost brought the visitors level.

Manager reaction

Greenock Morton manager Ray McKinnon: "They're title favourites, a big, big side let's be honest and we're not the biggest.

"To be fair to the players we matched them all over the park in terms of the physical side. I'm delighted with the three points."

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "There's still a lot of positives from our point of view, so we'll take that.

"We'll take that learning curve and we'll move on."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23Scully
  • 14Tumilty
  • 2Kilday
  • 4BuchananBooked at 41mins
  • 25McKeown
  • 7MillarSubstituted forWaddellat 88'minutes
  • 8McAlister
  • 12Tidser
  • 19MacLeanSubstituted forOliverat 58'minutes
  • 11McHugh
  • 3IredaleSubstituted forJohnstoneat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 5Waddell
  • 6Telfer
  • 9Johnstone
  • 17Tiffoney
  • 18Oliver
  • 20Bell

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 22Dingwall
  • 5Morris
  • 4Fontaine
  • 3Kelly
  • 26CowieBooked at 75mins
  • 6DraperSubstituted forMckayat 82'minutes
  • 11VigursBooked at 73mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forKeillor-Dunnat 76'minutes
  • 7GardyneBooked at 48mins
  • 10McManusSubstituted forGrahamat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mckay
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 27Stewart
  • 48Kelly
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
1,994

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Ross County 1.

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kerr Waddell replaces Chris Millar.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Billy McKay replaces Ross Draper.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Oliver.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Ross County 1. Bob McHugh (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denny Johnstone.

Denny Johnstone (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Morris (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Davis Keillor-Dunn replaces Josh Mullin.

Booking

Don Cowie (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Don Cowie (Ross County).

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jim McAlister (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Lee Kilday (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Don Cowie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Denny Johnstone replaces Jack Iredale.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Declan McManus.

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

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Ross County 1. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory McKeown.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 0, Ross County 1. Don Cowie (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iain Vigurs.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Gary Oliver replaces Ross MacLean because of an injury.

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Don Cowie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Tony Dingwall (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Morton).

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr32106157
2Morton32106337
3Dundee Utd32017526
4Ross County32015326
5Inverness CT31203215
6Queen of Sth31116424
7Partick Thistle310236-33
8Dunfermline310259-43
9Alloa301225-31
10Falkirk300316-50
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