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Montrose 0 Greenock Morton 0 (2-4 pens)

Lots of changes to the starting line-up for Montrose for this SPFL Trust Trophy game. It was Lennox in goal then Allan, Steeves, Quinn, Waddell. Watson, Brown, Antoniazzi, Johnston, Whatley and Lyons. On the bench were Dillon, Iain Campbell, Masson, Milne, Webster, Ross Campbell, Cammy Ballantyne, Callaghan and Fleming.

Morton kicked off in their white and yellow colours but Steeves intercepted, hit it long and Hamilton in goal at the far end collected easily. In the next attack Morton were caught offside and in the following one they hit the side netting with Lennox covering it anyway.

It was Morton who had the first good chance on 8 minutes but again Lennox was equal to it when a goal looked on the cards. Not much from Montrose in the opening exchanges but on 15 minutes Watson sent a long ball to Johnston who used his speed down the right and pulled it back to Antoniazzi but the shot was read well by Hamilton and saved easily.

There followed an even period of possession with no shortage of effort but not many chances were created. The best was from Montrose as Matty Allan ventured forward but chose to offload and the chance was wastefully ended by an offside flag.

Morton were off their game as well as the half wore on but Montrose could not take advantage even when a corner fell nicely for Waddell who couldn’t keep his shot down and over the top it went. Blair Lyons darted into the 18-yard box on 40 minutes and many referees would have given a penalty when he was upended but this time Lyons was yellow carded. It perhaps was not a penalty but it appeared also that it was not simulation.

With half-time approaching McGrattan of Morton was also yellow carded for a late lunge as stalemate drifted to a 0-0 scoreline. In truth Montrose created the better chances but looked to want too many touches rather than pull the trigger.

For the second half Webster came on for Allan at right back no doubt with a wing back role in mind. It was Webby who had the first chance in the 48th minute however as he weaved his way across the 18-yard box but keeper Hamilton read it well and saved. Webby then looked to settle more in the defensive role as Morton started to look more lively and they sensed it was starting to going their way. Lennox again saved the day at close range from Knowles who in the very next attack got the ball into the net but the offside flag was already up.

Both sides made changes on 68 minutes. Blues and King for Morton replaced Russell and Jacobs whilst for Montrose Milne and Dillon replaced Antoniazzi and Brown. Morton had three quick corners but were unable to convert any and Lennox finally got hold of it and cleared. Waddell was then yellow carded during a spell of Morton pressure but still neither side were dominant enough to control the game. Masson replaced Quinn on 74 minutes in an effort to control midfield and won a free kick just outside the box but Milne wasted the chance as his weak shot was collected with ease by Hamilton.

Cameron Blues was yellow carded then another change by Morton failed to produce mo
re spark when Reilly came on for Tom Allan and after two very late chances, one for each side the game ended 0-0 although Montrose really should have settled it with three efforts almost on the goal line before Hamilton finally hacked it away to safety.

It was a disappointing second half to a game which was there to win for both sides but it was eventually settled by a penalty shoot out as Morton won that 4-2. For Montrose both Webster and Steeves failed to score whist Morton converted four of theirs so progressed to the next round.

Clyde away is the next challenge which the Mo can look optimistically to as they now focus fully on their league form.

Match Report by Steve Doyle

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21  Aaron Lennox
1  Jack Hamilton
4  Matty Allan (s45)
2  Michael Ledger
3  Andrew Steeves
3  Lewis Strapp
17  Aidan Quinn (s76)
6  Kyle Jacobs (c) (s68)
5  Kerr Waddell
7  Gary Oliver
8  Paul Watson (c)
10  Reece Lyon
22  Craig Brown (s69)
12  Jimmy Knowles
12  Chris Antoniazzi (s69)
15  Mark Russell (s68)
16  Craig Johnston
17  Lewis McGrattan
15  Mark Whatley
22  Tom Allan (s81)
11  Blair Lyons
47  Alan Lithgow
14  Sean Dillon (s69)
8  Cameron Blues (s68)
18  Iain Campbell
9  Robbie Muirhead
6  Terry Masson (s76)
14  Gavin Reilly (s81)
10  Lewis Milne (s69)
16  Darren Hynes
7  Graham Webster (s45)
24  Lewis McGregor
9  Ross Campbell
25  Alexander King (s68)
2  Cammy Ballantyne
19  Liam Callaghan
1  Allan Fleming    

Penalty Shootout

 Graham Webster    Jimmy Knowles
 Mark Whatley    Gavin Reilly
 Lewis Milne    Alan Lithgow
 Andrew Steeves    Cameron Blues
       Gary Oliver  
  2     4

Lloyd Wilson

Assistant Referees:
Craig Ferguson, Scott Anderson


Yellow Cards:
Montrose - Blair Lyons (40), Kerr Waddell (77)
Greenock Morton - Lewis McGrattan (43), Cameron Blues (81)

Red Cards:



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