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Alloa Athletic 0-2 Greenock Morton: Second-half goals for visitors

Jack Baird (right) scored Morton's second goal as they beat Alloa
Jack Baird (right) scored Morton's second goal as they beat Alloa

Greenock Morton climbed out of the relegation play-off spot with victory at Scottish Championship bottom club Alloa Athletic.

John Sutton teed up Nicky Cadden for the second-half opener and Jack Baird swept home the second from Aidan Nesbitt's corner.

Liam Buchanan had an Alloa goal ruled out for offside, while Morton had a strong penalty shout for handball.

Liam Dick almost pulled one back late on but his shot flew over.

Morton are now a point clear of second-bottom Partick Thistle with a game in hand, while Alloa are four adrift of the Firhill side.

Alloa manager Peter Grant: "I was surprised Buchanan was offside. I'm now hearing he was a yard onside. It was a little bit of luck we needed but just didn't get it. If it puts us 1-0 up it's a completely different game."

Morton manager David Hopkin: "The handball call - it's a massive turning point in game. It's 0-0, it was a great strike. The whole stadium knew it was a penalty but we got three points."

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 41MacDonald
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4Deas
  • 3Dick
  • 7Cawley
  • 6Hetherington
  • 8Robertson
  • 11Flannigan
  • 9Buchanan
  • 19Thomson

Substitutes

  • 14Brown
  • 18Malcolm
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 23Gillespie
  • 31Henry

Morton

  • 20Rogers
  • 30Baird
  • 5Grant
  • 3Welsh
  • 6Jacobs
  • 8McAlisterBooked at 12minsSubstituted forMillarat 70'minutes
  • 17LyonSubstituted forColvilleat 76'minutes
  • 28Livingstone
  • 10NesbittBooked at 55mins
  • 21SuttonSubstituted forOrsiat 82'minutes
  • 19Cadden

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsbottom
  • 7Millar
  • 9Muirhead
  • 12Orsi
  • 14Salkeld
  • 18Blues
  • 29Colville
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
727

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2.

Attempt missed. Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Nicky Cadden (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Andy Graham.

Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kalvin Orsi (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kalvin Orsi replaces John Sutton.

Foul by Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic).

Nicky Cadden (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Luca Colville replaces Reece Lyon.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Chris Millar replaces Jim McAlister.

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 2. Jack Baird (Morton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 1. Nicky Cadden (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by John Sutton.

Attempt blocked. Reece Lyon (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Grant (Morton).

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Reece Lyon.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Dick.

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jim McAlister (Morton).

Booking

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Morton 0.

Attempt missed. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Nicky Cadden (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd18150342142845
2Inverness CT1810262721632
3Ayr189183128328
4Dundee188462525028
5Dunfermline187472823525
6Queen of Sth176471819-122
7Arbroath186481620-422
8Morton1761102234-1219
9Partick Thistle1853102434-1018
10Alloa1835101732-1514
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