Morton 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

Tuesday 10th April 2012
P MacDonald (8)

MacDonald punishes Partick

Morton secured a vital three points with a 1-0 win over Partick at Cappielow Park.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Peter MacDonald rose highest to head home Michael Tidser's cross in the eighth minute.

Stephen O'Donnell came closest to an equaliser on the half-hour mark but Alan Combe did well to tip his effort over the bar.

Chances were at a premium after the interval with the visitors visibly still shocked by the early goal.

O'Donnell turned provider after the hour-mark to find Chris Erskine but Combe made another good stop with his feet.

The victory lifts Allan Moore's side eight points clear of the relegation zone as they extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

OfficialSteven McLean
Attendance1,637
VenueCappielow Park
Kick Off
Morton 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
0:34
Foul on Peter MacDonald
0:38
Free Kick taken by Derek Young
1:41
Foul on Scott Robertson
1:46
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
3:41
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
6:52
Cross from Grant Evans
6:55
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
7:48
Cross from Michael Tidser
7:54
Shot taken by Peter MacDonald from the left six yard line
7:54
Morton 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Peter MacDonald from the left six yard line going centre low of the goal.
9:39
Cross from Grant Evans
9:41
Clearance by Alan Archibald
10:34
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Conrad Balatoni on for Scott Robertson
11:55
Foul on Grant Evans
11:59
Free Kick taken by Michael Tidser from the right wing
12:24
Cross from Michael Tidser
12:33
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
13:44
Offside flag raised against Archibald Campbell
13:45
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
15:16
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
15:17
Clearance by Grant Evans
15:26
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
16:53
Substitution for Morton: Thomas O'Ware on for Iain Flannigan
18:20
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
18:23
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney from the left wing
20:11
Foul on Alan Archibald
20:14
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
21:01
Foul on Derek Young
21:07
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
22:49
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Mark McGuigan on for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
24:53
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
25:48
Cross from Michael Tidser
25:51
Clearance by Paul Paton
29:48
Shot taken by Stephen O'Donnell using his left foot
29:57
Save made by Alan Combe
30:47
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
30:52
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
30:57
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
31:39
Shot taken by Archibald Campbell using his left foot
31:46
Save made by Scott Fox
32:16
Foul on Christopher Erskine
32:19
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
33:25
Foul on Mark McGuigan
33:30
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald from the left wing
34:14
Cross from Mark McGuigan
34:20
Block taken by Thomas O'Ware
34:34
Cross from Paul Cairney
34:36
Clearance by Andrew Graham
38:46
Foul on Stuart Bannigan
38:50
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
39:10
Offside flag raised against Conrad Balatoni
40:03
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
40:31
Foul on Mark McGuigan
40:34
Free Kick taken by Sean Welsh from the left wing
42:29
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
42:32
Clearance by Grant Evans
42:40
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
42:42
Clearance by Andrew Graham
42:51
Save made by Alan Combe
43:21
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
43:39
Save made by Alan Combe
44:10
Cross from Archibald Campbell
44:38
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
44:43
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
45:00+1:45
Foul on Paul Cairney
45:00+1:49
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney
45:00+2:36
Shot taken by Alan Archibald using his left foot
45:00+2:45
Block taken by Derek Young
45:00+2:57
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
Half Time
Morton 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
45:01
Substitution for Morton: Darren McGeouch on for Thomas O'Ware
Second Half Started
Morton 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
47:38
Cross from Paul Cairney
47:41
Clearance by Marc Smyth
48:00
Cross from Archibald Campbell
48:28
Cross from Mark McGuigan
49:26
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
49:28
Clearance by Andrew Graham
49:41
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
49:44
Clearance by Marc Smyth
51:19
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
51:27
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
52:12
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
52:14
Clearance by Andrew Graham
53:06
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
53:11
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
54:33
Cross from Alan Archibald
54:35
Clearance by Andrew Graham
54:43
Cross from Sean Welsh
55:08
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
55:10
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
55:14
Substitution for Morton: Andrew Jackson on for Archibald Campbell
56:17
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot
56:26
Block taken by Andrew Graham
56:31
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
56:41
Clearance by Michael Tidser
57:58
Shot taken by Darren McGeouch with his right foot
58:11
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
59:06
Cross from Andrew Jackson
59:09
Clearance by Paul Paton
59:53
Cross from Andrew Jackson
59:55
Clearance by Paul Cairney
60:04
Foul on Mark McGuigan
60:13
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
61:50
Shot taken by Stuart Bannigan using his left foot
62:06
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
63:51
Foul on Fouad Bachirou
63:56
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
64:33
Cross from Andrew Jackson
64:36
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
66:14
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
67:15
Shot taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot
67:52
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
67:56
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine with his right foot from the centre penalty area
68:14
Save made by Alan Combe
68:53
Cross from Grant Evans
68:55
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
70:27
Foul on Andrew Jackson
70:35
Free Kick taken by Michael Tidser from the right wing
70:39
BOOKING: Alan Archibald of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
71:12
Cross from Michael Tidser
71:15
Save made by Scott Fox
71:57
Foul on Fouad Bachirou
72:04
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
72:16
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Caolan McAleer on for Stephen O'Donnell
74:18
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
74:46
Foul on Paul Paton
74:50
Free Kick taken by Paul Paton
76:22
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
77:27
Corner taken by Michael Tidser using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
78:01
Cross from Michael Tidser
78:05
Clearance by Paul Cairney
78:29
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
78:45
Foul on Michael Tidser
78:50
Free Kick taken by Ross Forsyth
79:38
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
80:00
Foul on Darren McGeouch
80:11
Free Kick taken by Marc Smyth
80:23
Foul on Paul Paton
80:26
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
80:53
Foul on Ross Forsyth
80:57
Free Kick taken by Alan Combe
81:30
Offside flag raised against Andrew Jackson
81:31
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
81:59
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot
82:13
Save made by Alan Combe
82:44
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline
83:05
Clearance by Peter MacDonald
83:39
BOOKING: Derek Young of Morton given yellow card for time wasting
84:36
Foul on Andrew Jackson
84:39
Free Kick taken by Darren McGeouch
85:16
Shot taken by Darren McGeouch with his right foot
85:24
Save made by Scott Fox
86:29
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
86:37
Block taken by Grant Evans
86:39
Corner taken by Stuart Bannigan using his left foot from the left byline going out of play
87:27
Goal Kick taken by Alan Combe
89:09
Offside flag raised against Andrew Jackson
89:10
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
89:36
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the right byline
89:40
Cross from Caolan McAleer
89:44
Clearance by Marc Smyth
90:00+0:03
Save made by Alan Combe
90:00+0:42
Foul on Caolan McAleer
90:00+0:45
Free Kick taken by Paul Paton
90:00+1:08
Offside flag raised against Peter MacDonald
90:00+1:09
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
Full Time
Morton 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

Morton

vs

Partick Thistle

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
4
Shots
7
3
On Target
4
1
Off Target
3
13
Crosses
20
1
Corners
5
34
Throw Ins
21
6
Saves
3
12
Clearances
6
9
Goal Kicks
9
4
Blocks
0
12
Free Kicks
16
4
Offside
3
1
Yellow Cards
1

Morton

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Alan Combe
02.Grant Evans
03.Andrew Graham
04.Marc Smyth
05.Ross Forsyth
06.Iain Flannigan 17+0' Injury
07.Fouad Bachirou
08.Derek Young (84+0: Time wasting)
09.Michael Tidser
10.Peter MacDonald
11.Archibald Campbell 56+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Matthew McGinley
13.Thomas O'Ware 17+0' Injury 45+0' Injury
14.Darren McGeouch 45+0' Injury
15.Peter Weatherson
16.Andrew Jackson 56+0' Tactical

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-1-4-1

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell 73+0' Tactical
03.Alan Archibald (71+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair 23+0' Injury
05.Scott Robertson 11+0' Injury
06.Paul Paton
07.Paul Cairney
08.Sean Welsh
09.Stuart Bannigan
10.Christopher Erskine
11.Kris Doolan

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Caolan McAleer 73+0' Tactical
14.Conrad Balatoni 11+0' Injury
15.Mark McGuigan 23+0' Injury
16.Christie Elliot

Moore calls for Morton positivity

Morton welcome back defenders Ross Forsyth, Marc Smyth and Grant Evans from suspension when they entertain Partick.

Stuart McCaffrey remains out with injury, and after losing the lead twice to draw 2-2 with Queen of the South, Cappielow manager Allan Moore is instructing his players to keep their chins up.

He said: "We cannot feel sorry for ourselves just because we drew a game we should have won.

"We need to get points on the board to get away from the foot of the table.

"Thistle will be coming here confident after beating Ayr, however we are due a win over them and this would be a great time to get it."

Partick will be without the injured trio of David Rowson, Tommy Stewart and Darren Cole.

The Jags have risen to fifth place in the Scottish First Division recently, but will be without midfielder Rowson, forward Stewart and defender Cole as they look to push higher up the table.

Manager Jackie McNamara said: "Our win at Ayr on Saturday allows us to target the sides above us in the table.

"I do not want to settle for fifth place and I would reckon that the players are of a similar mind.

"Cappielow is not an easy place to get a result but we are looking to do the double after getting a last-minute winner the last time we were there.

"We won at Somerset Park because we moved the ball about quickly and sharply and I will be looking for us to do that again."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 31 29 66
2 Dundee 32 16 52
3 Falkirk 32 5 47
4 Up Livingston 32 0 44
5 Down Hamilton Accies 32 1 42
6 Down Partick Thistle 32 8 41
7 Morton 32 -12 40
8 Raith Rovers 32 -8 34
9 Ayr United 31 -21 32
10 Queen of South 32 -18 31

Updated 10/04/2012 at 21:47

 

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