Morton made it two wins out of two under Anton McElhone as they defeated Queen of the South 2-0 at Cappielow.
Morton opened the scoring in the 42nd minute thanks to a Kalvin Orsi goal. The 23-year-old added a second in the 76th minute.
Both teams struggled to create chances early on. The conditions didn’t help, as the game was played in swirling wind and driving rain.
The most notable early incident was an injury to Queens captain Stephen Dobbie, he was replaced by Aidan Fitzpatrick.
The game’s first chance fell to Queens in the 19th minute. James Maxwell’s surging run and shot was saved by Aidan McAdams.
Queens thought they had taken the lead in the 33rd minute when McAdams spilled Fitzpatrick’s shot, but Thomas Goss’ finish from the rebound was ruled offside.
Morton’s first effort on goal didn’t arrive until the 37th minute, as Robbie Muirhead’s free-kick was comfortably saved by Rohan Ferguson.
Morton took the lead in the 42nd minute. After good midfield play, Josh McPake’s effort on goal was saved by Ferguson. He then saved Cameron Salkeld’s rebound, before Kalvin Orsi bundled home Morton’s third attempt on goal from close range.
The second-half’s first chance fell to Queen of the South. Euan East’s snapshot from the edge of the penalty box was saved by McAdams. Queens were unable to make anything of the rebound.
The action then began to swing from end to end.
An excellent Connor Shields cross found no takers as Queens pressed. Orsi nearly scored his second after a good run but his shot was saved.
Both teams had spells on top in the middle of the park but found it difficult to create clear-cut chances.
A notable incident occurred in the 64th minute when Queens manager Allan Johnston was booked by referee Colin Steven.
Queens then came agonisingly close to an equaliser, when a brilliant Rhys McCabe free-kick from around 25 yards out beat McAdams all ends up, but bounced on the goal line and Morton were able to clear.
The Queens pressure continued, and Fitzpatrick’s header forced a smart save from McAdams.
Perhaps against the run of play Morton went two-nil up in the 76th minute. Robbie Muirhead’s corner was headed home by Orsi for his second of the game.
Queens’ luck was out again in the 83rd minute, when East’s penalty box effort glanced off the outside of the post and out for a goal kick.
That was the last real chance of the game, as Morton ran out winners and moved up to third place in the Championship. Here are three things we learned from the game.
Morton’s persistence pays off
Morton’s opening goal was a real case of the team’s persistence paying off. The team refused to give up on the chance, even though they had been denied twice by Rohan Ferguson, and Kalvin Orsi was in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net.
That hunger to score would have impressed Anton McElhone. With that sort of hunger in the side it is perhaps no surprise that Morton are now up to third in the Championship.
Queen of the South left to rue their luck
Queen of the South had some decent spells in the game, and indeed they were in the ascendency before Morton scored their second goal. However, luck wasn’t on their side.
That was shown when Rhys McCabe’s excellent free-kick hit the bar and bounced on the line, instead of over the line. On another day that would have gone in, but it wasn’t to be for Allan Johnston’s side.
Last line of defence impressed once more
A few weeks ago Morton goalkeeper Aidan McAdams turned in a brilliant performance against Hearts. He was excellent once more against Queen of the South.
His save in the second-half from Aidan Fitzpatrick’s low header was excellent. The timing was good too, as it preserved Morton’s lead. He looks to be a player with a very bright future in the game.