Morton 2 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019, 7:45 PM at Cappielow Park, Greenock
Attendance: 1,315
Referee: David Lowe
Morton Inverness CT

Reece Lyon (27)
Greg Kiltie (pen.42)
Anthony McDonald (18)
Darren McCauley (88)

Team Managers
Jonatan Johansson John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Robby McCrorie
Lee Kilday
Gregor Buchanan
Jim McAlister
Jack Iredale
Charlie Telfer
Michael Tidser
Reghan Tumilty
Reece Lyon
Gary Oliver
Greg Kiltie
Cameron Mackay
Kevin McHattie
Shaun Rooney
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Anthony McDonald
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White

Derek Gaston
Chris Millar
Dylan Dykes
Keelan O'Connell
Rory McKeown
Lewis McGrattan
Andrew Dallas
Owain Fon Williams
Cameron Harper
Jack Brown
Roddy MacGregor
Darren McCauley
Tom Walsh
Nathan Austin

Chris Millar -> Gary Oliver (74)
Andrew Dallas -> Greg Kiltie (86)
Tom Walsh for Anthony McDonald (60)
Nathan Austin for Charlie Trafford (78)
Darren McCauley for Aaron Doran (78)

Reghan Tumilty (52)
Reece Lyon (84)
Brad Mckay (42)
Kevin McHattie (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cameron Mackay (GK) 9 apps -
Kevin McHattie 9 apps -
Joe Chalmers 89 apps6 goals
Brad Mckay 116 apps7 goals
Shaun Rooney 39 apps5 goals
Jamie McCart 42 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 236 apps38 goals
Liam Polworth 204 apps18 goals
Charlie Trafford 59 apps -
Anthony McDonald 8 apps1 goal
Jordan White 45 apps14 goals
Darren McCauley (sub) 13 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 37 apps10 goals
Nathan Austin (sub) 43 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Anthony McDonald (18 years 34 days)
Oldest Player:Aaron Doran (27 years 345 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 59 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 120 days)
Oldest Player:Owain Fon Williams (32 years 38 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 253 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Anthony McDonald scored his first goal for the Club.

Play Off on hold....: A makeshift Inverness XI went ahead after eighteen minutes when Anthony McDonald scored a superb solo goal as he cut into the box, curling in off the post. Reece Lyon responded for Morton before the half hour. Brad Mckay then conceded a penalty after fouling Gregor Buchanan and Greg Kiltie scored from the spot just before the break. 2-1 at the interval with Cammy Mackay being the busier keeper. Morton looked to preserve their lead but were undone with a couple of minutes to go as substitute Darren McCauley drove the ball home.

This result puts Inverness in pole position for the play-offs but mathematically they can still be caught.

John Robertson was forced into a number of changes as injuries hit the squad hard after the Cup tie with Hearts. Out went Mark the finger Ridgers and Carl Tremarco, in came Cammy Mackay and Kevin McHattie. Coll Donaldson was still injured since the Ayr game and with a bit of shuffling, Anthony McDonald was back in the starting XI.

Jonatan Johansson was able to field Michael Tidser from the start after he missed the Alloa game, but it might be one of his last as he has signed a pre-contract agreement with relegation rivals Falkirk who Morton play at the weekend. Awkward!

Liam Polworth set the ball rolling on a night that Inverness could possibly secure a play-off place whilst Morton were looking to steer clear of the relegation battle and it was the hosts that made most of the early running, with Michael Tidser dinking an effort just wide after a short corner.

Deputising keeper Cammy Mackay had to look smart to save from Gary Oliver as Morton continued to press for an opener and Tidser dragged a shot wide.

Oliver flicked one just over the bar as the pressure built on the visitors defence but after 18 minutes Anthony McDonald scored a superb solo goal, cutting in from the right and sending a shot into the net via the post.

Reece Lyon tested Mackay and shortly after he was rewarded as he picked up a headed clearance and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Inverness responded with Polworth firing over and Shaun Rooney trying from distance but going wide.

With the break approaching, Brad Mckay was adjudged to have pulled Buchanan in the box and Kiltie made no mistake from the spot, Mackay going the wrong way, to put Morton ahead just before the break.

Half Time 2-1

Kiltie almost added a third for Morton just after the break but his dinked effort was cleared of the line by Rooney.

Just after the hour White missed a sitter as he headed over from six yards, the striker holding his head in his hands. He would head wide a few minutes later as Inverness began to dominate without overly exerting the keeper.

It was a half of few clear opportunities as Morton looked to hold what they had and they camped close to their 18 yard line.

Robertson went for broke with just over ten minutes left with his final two substitutes, Darren McCauley and Nathan Austin, and it eventually paid of when Liam Polworth sent a ball to the far post for McCauley to smash the ball home on the run and on the half volley. Another great goal and a hard earned point as the game fizzled out.

Timely substitutions for Inverness and that point may well be enough to secure a play-off place with our goal difference twelve better than Dunfermline with both clubs having three games left.

Cammy Mackay can be pleased with his contribution tonight making a couple of fine saves early on to give him a boost.

Given our injury list prior to this game then that's a decent point away from home against a club battling hard for every point as they try to recover their league position.

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."

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.

Match report written by TM4TJ

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ross County 33 19 8 6 54 30 24 65
2. Dundee Utd 33 17 8 8 45 39 6 59
3. Ayr United 32 14 8 10 46 32 14 50
4. Inverness CT 33 12 14 7 45 37 8 50
5. Dunfermline 33 11 8 14 32 36 -4 41
6. Stirling Albion 33 10 8 15 36 48 -12 38
7. Morton 33 8 13 12 32 45 -13 37
8. Queen of the South 33 8 11 14 39 40 -1 35
9. Falkirk 33 8 11 14 34 43 -9 35
10. Partick Thistle 32 9 7 16 36 49 -13 34