Morton 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, 3:00 PM at Cappielow Park, Greenock
Attendance: 1,717
Referee: Alan Muir
Morton Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Roddy MacGregor (29)

Team Managers
Dougie Imrie Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Jack Hamilton
Michael Ledger
Brian McLean
Oisin McEntee
Jamie Brandon
Cameron Blues
Iain Wilson
Lewis Strapp
Robbie Muirhead
Gozie Ugwu
Gavin Reilly
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Sean Welsh
Roddy MacGregor
Reece McAlear
David Carson
Aaron Doran
Austin Samuels
Billy Mckay

Bench
Kyle Jacobs
Gary Oliver
Reece Lyon
Mark Russell
Darren Hynes
Lewis McGrattan
Alexander Easdale
Joshua Bysouth
Alex King
Cameron Mackay
Cameron Harper
Tom Walsh
Lewis Hyde
Joe Hardy

Substitutions
Darren Hynes -> Michael Ledger (59)
Reece Lyon -> Jamie Brandon (59)
Alexander Easdale -> Iain Wilson (81)
Lewis McGrattan -> Robbie Muirhead (81)
Gary Oliver -> Gary Oliver (85)
Tom Walsh for Aaron Doran (49)
Cameron Harper for Austin Samuels (66)

Bookings
Iain Wilson (16) Sean Welsh (1)
Austin Samuels (40)
Wallace Duffy (52)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 189 apps -
Wallace Duffy 37 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 40 apps2 goals
Robbie Deas 76 apps1 goal
Aaron Doran 325 apps50 goals
Sean Welsh 101 apps13 goals
Roddy MacGregor 85 apps5 goals
Reece McAlear 36 apps4 goals
David Carson 88 apps1 goal
Austin Samuels 12 apps1 goal
Billy Mckay 193 apps80 goals
Cameron Harper (sub) 68 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 101 apps14 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (20 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 96 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (19 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 272 days
Domestic Players:11 (68.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Job Done: Inverness opened the scoring half an hour in through Roddy MacGregor with a low shot into the bottom corner from eighteen yards. It was a half of few chances. The second half was similar to the first with chances at a premium, Tom Walsh maybe could have done better on the break but overall Inverness did enough to secure third place with both Partick and Raith also winning. Partick should remain fourth with a superior goal difference to Raith. Morton find themselves safe but Queen of the South are officially relegated with Ayr and Dunfermline battling for the drop zone play-off place

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Who would get the job done today? We fluffed our lines in midweek once more against a bottom side as we went down 2-1 at Palmerston. Morton have eased themselves away to the top edge of the relegation zone and are virtually safe, but, like us, will be looking for points to ensure they get the job done without relying on others.  Kilmarnock are now confirmed as Champions and Arbroath await the winners of third/fourth place play-off.

Billy Dodds was without recent scoring sensation Logan Chalmers (five in five), Shane Sutherland and Danny Devine who took a head knock at Palmerston. Long throw specialist and tenacious left back Lewis Strapp returned to the Morton starting XI after injury with Gozi Ugwu and Gavin Reilly the big dangers up front.

Billy Mckay got the game underway and with less than sixty seconds on the clock, captain Sean Welsh gave away a free kick in a dangerous position and was yellow carded. Cameron Blues free kick was on target but gathered comfortably by Mark Ridgers.

Both teams probed for an opening in the first ten minutes and Aaron Doran almost got a good connection with his head on an inswinging ball into the box from David Carson, the ball bouncing wide for a goal kick.

Doran then fed Austin Samuels into the box with a perfectly weighted ball but the striker wasted a great opportunity with an extra touch that ruined his prospects.

Ridgers pushed away a ball that bounced through on goal with Ugwu almost getting his head on it. 

An excellent deep corner from Doran caused some concern in the Morton box but the hosts were able to clear their lines midway through the first half. A long ball forward saw Robbie Deas lash a left foot shot wide from the left side of the box.

From a throw in on the right Inverness opened the scoring. Roddy MacGregor was given all the space he needed to stroll across the front edge of the box before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner of Hamilton's net. Great strike!

Morton responded with a couple of corners and Ridgers punched clear under pressure.

A great burst forward by David Carson ended with Billy Mckay lobbing the keeper. Unfortunately he lobbed it over the bar as well onto the roof of the net.

Morton fashioned their third fourth and fifth corner of the game after some sloppy defending but were unable to capitalise as the interval arrived.

Half Time: 0-1

Morton wasted an early free kick opportunity and from that Inverness broke forward through substitute Tom Walsh, but he ended up toe poking the bal goalwards and Wilson blocked as Walsh ran out of steam.

Morton were awarded yet another free kick approaching thirty yards from goal and Muirhead just missed the target with a dipping effort.

One hour gone and Morton were starting to apply a bit of pressure as Dougie Imrie was carded, presumably for some vocals.

Tom Walsh volleyed into the arms of Jack Hamilton with the Inverness player slightly off balance and at the other end some last ditch defending cleared the visitors lines.

A scrappy period of play with twenty minutes left littered with loose passes and petty fouls ended with Hamilton having to make a good save from a Robbie Deas header off Reece McAlear's curling free kick.

Lewis Strapp's long throw-ins were a constant menace to the visiting defence but with ten minutes left they were still coping well with that threat.

Mckay saw a shot deflected just over as Inverness saw out the game comfortably to secure third place.

A needless late free kick for Morton saw Mark Ridgers save a header and that was the last action as the game came to an end. 

Full Time: 0-1

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Kilmarnock 35 20 6 9 49 26 23 66
2. Arbroath 35 16 14 5 51 28 23 62
3. Inverness CT 35 15 11 9 49 34 15 56
4. Partick Thistle 35 14 10 11 45 37 8 52
5. Raith Rovers 35 12 13 10 43 43 0 49
6. Hamilton Academical 35 10 12 13 38 49 -11 42
7. Morton 35 9 13 13 36 44 -8 40
8. Ayr United 35 8 12 15 36 51 -15 36
9. Dunfermline 35 7 14 14 35 51 -16 35
10. Queen of the South 35 7 9 19 34 53 -19 30