By Jenna Thomson
10-man Morton spoiled Hamilton’s first home game of the Scottish Championship season with a 1-0 victory.
Accies dominated chances and possession in the first half with a free-kick from David Templeton almost putting the South Lanarkshire ahead within the first 10 minutes. Accies were just unfortunate their efforts were off target.
Morton started to get into the game more as the clock approached the 30th minute mark with Hamilton keeper Ryan Fulton having to make some key saves. Morton edged ahead through Gozie Ugwu, who struck the ball into the back of the Accies net before Fulton could react.
The second half was much the same. Accies continued to apply pressure to Morton’s defence and keeper Jack Hamilton but struggled to find the back of the net. Hamilton had the opportunity to equalise repeatedly via corners and good strikes but fell short as they either went past the goal or were deflected.
Morton’s Cameron Blues was sent off shortly before full-time after some clumsy play involving two Hamilton players in the away team’s box. Here are three things we learned.
Brian Rice’s team seem to have taken their relegation from the Premiership last season on the chin but the Lanarkshire side are still falling short. Defensive frailties – despite showing good character – were lamented in the 4-4 comeback draw with Raith Rovers last weekend and in this game they had issues at the opposite end.
Morton appeared motivated to earn their first three points. Despite Hamilton holding more possession and creating more chances in front of goal, Morton struck when it mattered most, and that was the difference.
Championship games never have a clear and obvious winner as this game showed. With the league only having 10 teams and two promotional places, it’s hard to predict how the league will go. In saying that, six teams remain winless after weekend two.
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