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Ross County 5-0 Morton: Dingwall side stay top of Championship

By Eilidh DaviesBBC Sport Scotland at Victoria Park
Billy Mckay
Billy Mckay scored his eighth goal in his last four matches

Ross County remain at the top of the Championship following a resounding 5-0 home victory over Greenock Morton.

Striker Billy Mckay inflicted most of the damage on the visitors with a hat-trick inside the first 48 minutes at Victoria Park.

Davis Keillor-Dunn scored a fourth before the hour and Brian Graham ended the rout with a stoppage-time penalty.

Morton's best chance fell to Gary Oliver, but Scott Fox comfortably saved his low shot from outside the box.

'We've never doubted Mckay' - reaction

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "I think the players got what they deserved out of the game today. There was loads to like from our perspective

"We have never doubted Billy Mckay. Strikers go through a crisis in confidence but he looks every inch the top-class striker we believe he is. He got everything he deserved with another hat-trick today."

Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "I don't know what I'm going to get from this team. We knew it was going to be tough here but the way we lost four of the five goals were extremely poor - really bad individual mistakes and really basic mistakes at crucial times as well.

"The scoreline was obviously embarrassing and it was a little bit unexpected after the way we played in the last couple of games."

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Fox
  • 12Demetriou
  • 6Draper
  • 15Watson
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 8Lindsay
  • 11VigursSubstituted forGrahamat 52'minutes
  • 26CowieSubstituted forGallagherat 83'minutes
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 9MckaySubstituted forMcManusat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fraser
  • 10McManus
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 44Grivosti
  • 49Gallagher

Morton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Scully
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 5Waddell
  • 25McKeown
  • 7MillarSubstituted forIredaleat 72'minutes
  • 8McAlister
  • 12Tidser
  • 6TelferBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcHughat 47'minutes
  • 18Oliver
  • 19MacLeanSubstituted forTumiltyat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 3Iredale
  • 11McHugh
  • 14Tumilty
  • 15Thomson
  • 32Lyon
  • 37McGrattan
Referee:
Steven Reid
Attendance:
3,481

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 5, Morton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 5, Morton 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Scott Fox.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stelios Demetriou (Ross County).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 5, Morton 0. Brian Graham (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Keith Watson (Ross County) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Kerr Waddell.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Mark Gallagher replaces Don Cowie.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ross Draper.

  16. Post update

    Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Rory McKeown (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

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