By Ben McNicol
Greenock Morton picked up their first three points in the League Cup with a 1-0 win against Queen’s Park, not the happy return former manager Ray McKinnon would’ve been looking for.
After an evenly-contested opening 45 minutes, the Championship side eventually began to click and Cameron Blues’ 50th-minute strike was enough to see off the League Two title favourites.
It was a frantic start to the game with both sides having chances to take the lead in the opening five minutes. Will Baynham headed Tommy Robson’s cross over the bar while up the other end Craig McGuffie’s deflected effort was well saved by William Muir in the Queen’s Park goal.
The visitors were certainly the better side and if anyone looked like scoring it was certainly McKinnon’s side. Grant Gillespie was next to go close for the Spiders as the midfielder did well to make some space for himself, his eventual shot wrong-footing Aidan McAdams, but trickled just wide of the target.
David Hopkin was cutting a very animated figure on the touchline as his side were well below par and were struggling to break down an organised Queen’s Park defence.
However, his side did gain a little momentum as the half-time whistle loomed, Robbie Muirhead curling his free kick over the bar before Gary Oliver’s half volley was well saved and held by Muir.
Morton came out firing in the second-half and took the lead shortly after the restart when some neat play from Oliver on the right-hand side had him cut the ball back to Blues, who finished nicely into the bottom corner.
Queen’s Park rallied and almost pulled themselves level when Louis Longridge’s teasing cross was inches away from connecting with David Galt at the back-post, while Ton man Luca Colville nearly put the game beyond doubt with an excellent curling effort from range.
On a decent night’s work for Morton where they secured a hard-fought win, here are three things we learned.
Morton get their first three points
The Ton were unlucky not to secure all three points last Tuesday night against fellow Championship side Queen of The South.
It was certainly a disappointing first-half from the Cappielow outfit, but a much-improved second-half will fill Hopkin with some encouragement going into Saturday’s League opener against Alloa.
Blues scores first Morton goal
22-year-old midfielder Blues made the move to the Ton from Livingston at the beginning of last season and tonight managed to score his first Morton goal with a smart finish.
Queen’s Park title favourites for a reason
It’s no secret that since turning full time in May, Queen’s Park mean business this season. McKinnon has been backed by the board and the club have secured a large number of high-profile signings and have been instilled as very strong favourites for promotion.
The Spiders have lost their opening their opening two League Cup fixtures against tough opposition, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of positives to take into their league campaign.