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Morton 2-2 Inverness: Visitors strike late to all but seal play-off place

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow
Inverness celebrate
Inverness stretched their advantage over Dunfermline

Darren McCauley's late equaliser all but sealed a Premiership play-off place for Inverness as Greenock Morton were denied a first win in seven matches.

The substitute turned in Liam Polworth's low centre after the visitors had trailed from a winning position at Cappielow.

Anthony McDonald finished a fine run with a curled shot in off the post.

But Reece Lyon's composed strike and Greg Kiltie's penalty turned the match in Morton's favour before half-time.

Kiltie's penalty came about when Brad McKay pulled Gregor Buchanan at a corner and the on-loan Kilmarnock striker could have had his fifth of the season for Morton later had his chip not been cleared off the line.

Stand-in Caley Thistle goalkeeper Cammy MacKay deputised well for Mark Ridgers and made a great safe from Michael Tidser's first-half effort.

John Robertson's Highlanders, who occupy fourth place, stretch their advantage over Dunfermline to nine points with three games to play, with the Scottish Championship's runners-up and third and fourth-placed teams progressing to the play-offs.

Jonatan Johansson's Morton remain seventh - two points clear of Queen of the South and Falkirk and three above bottom side Partick Thistle.

Greenock Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "It's a very sore one and I feel for the players. I thought they fought excellently. There's no point feeling sorry for yourselves. We've got a massive game on Saturday against Falkirk.

"It's a cup final for both teams. It's going to be a fierce battle. It takes a lot of character, it takes a lot of belief and it takes a lot of togetherness to get through it but on the performance today, I'm very positive and I'm very confident that we'll do it."

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "The penalty's a strange one because the referee had warned Gregor Buchanan twice about holding on to Brad McKay and yet he gives the penalty the other way. The same's happened in the other box and that's where managers and coaches get annoyed about the consistency levels.

"I think we got the point that we deserved for our passing and play and keeping it going. Both teams deserved something. It's a good point for us and it could be a valuable point for Morton as well."



Formation 3-5-2

  • 23McCrorie
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 8McAlister
  • 14TumiltyBooked at 52mins
  • 32LyonBooked at 84mins
  • 12Tidser
  • 6Telfer
  • 3Iredale
  • 18OliverSubstituted forMillarat 74'minutes
  • 20KiltieSubstituted forDallasat 86'minutes


  • 1Gaston
  • 7Millar
  • 15Dykes
  • 17O'Connell
  • 25McKeown
  • 37McGrattan
  • 44Dallas

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Mackay
  • 2Rooney
  • 22McKayBooked at 42mins
  • 6McCart
  • 29McHattieBooked at 84mins
  • 24TraffordSubstituted forAustinat 78'minutes
  • 4Chalmers
  • 17McDonaldSubstituted forWalshat 60'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forMcCauleyat 78'minutes
  • 19White


  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 11Walsh
  • 25Fon Williams
  • 35Macgregor
  • 37Brown
  • 40Harper
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Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamInverness CT
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morton 2, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morton 2, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Darren McCauley (Inverness CT).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Morton 2, Inverness CT 2. Darren McCauley (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Polworth.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Dallas (Morton).

  7. Post update

    Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Andrew Dallas replaces Greg Kiltie.

  9. Booking

    Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Reece Lyon (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

  12. Post update

    Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathan Austin replaces Charlie Trafford.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Aaron Doran.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Reghan Tumilty (Morton).

  18. Post update

    Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

  20. Post update

    Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

1Ross County33198654302465
2Dundee Utd3317884539659
4Inverness CT33121474537850
8Queen of Sth33811143940-135
10Partick Thistle3297163649-1334
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