By Ben McNicol

Morton’s frustrating start to 2021 continued as they were beaten by Raith Rovers 1-0 at Cappielow.

John McGlynn’s side started on the front foot and made their early dominance count as veteran defender Ian Davidson rose highest inside the six-yard box to head Daniel Armstrong’s free-kick beyond Aidan McAdams, sealing three points in the process.

Big win for McGlynn. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Morton had loud claims for a penalty after Cameron Blue’s shot was blocked inside the box, but referee Chris Graham remained unmoved. The game lacked many clear-cut chances or openings during the majority of the first half, with the game predominately being played in the midfield.

Similarly to the opening 45 minutes,  it was the visitors who began the brighter. The first chance of the second half arrived shortly after the restart when Jamie Gullan did well on the edge of the box before striking towards goal, but his tame effort was easily gathered.

Anton McElhone gave a debut to on-loan Tottenham striker Kazaiah Sterling, who came on to replace Craig McGuffie while Kai Kennedy and Timmy Abraham came on for Raith as both sides made positive attacking moves.

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Abraham came on. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Armstrong came close to doubling the Kirkcaldy sides advantage as he weaved his way through the box before unleashing a powerful strike at goal, but McAdams was equal to it and produced a fine save.

 

It was a game of very, very few chances and despite an open last 15 minutes, it was Raith Rovers who dug deep to hold onto an important three points, moving them up to second place in the Scottish Championship table. Here are three things we learned

Raith go second

Raith moved themselves up to second place in the table, capitalising on Dunfermline’s shock defeat away at Arbroath.

Big Rovers win.

It was a good response from the Rovers, who were comprehensively beaten by their close rivals at East End Park last weekend.

Sterling  debut

Following his deadline day move from Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, Kazaiah Sterling was handed his Morton debut this afternoon.

The 22-year-old, who’s previously had loan spells at Doncaster, Sunderland, Southend and even played in the Champions League for Spurs, came on for the last half hour but struggled to make an impact.

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Big arrival. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Morton’s run continues

It’s been a tough start to the footballing year if you’re a Morton supporter, the Ton searching for some form. This defeat made it seven games without victory, with their last win coming back in December against Queen of The South.

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