Match Report

With the hosts going well in the Championship, Queens knew it would be a tough test, but they were up for the challenge and after just 49 seconds the home keeper, Brian Schwake got his first touch of the ball as Ruari Paton cut inside.  The striker’s shot could have done with a bit more power if he was going to really test the goalie. Queens had made a good start and a long clearance from Paton was chased by Gavin Reilly, but he was well marshalled by Liam Grimshaw.  Minutes later Calvin McGrory did well to get the ball across, but this time Reilly was ahead of the ball.  

Morton certainly knew they were in a cup tie but as they started to get to grips with the game, Robbie Muirhead hit a free kick low through the wall, but it was well held by Max Currie.  Jai Quitongo then hit a right foot shot low from 18 yards but again it was an easy save for Currie. Midway through the first half Morton became more of a threat and as another free kick was delivered into the box Murihead’s header was heading into the net before Euan East cleared off the line.  From a second corner, Currie made a point-blank range save before Jaze Kabia fired over the bar.

Five minutes later Dougie Imrie’s side did take the lead, after Iain Wilson’s mistake in the middle of the park, the ball found its way out to Muirhead, his angled shot took a deflection off McKenna and nestled into the bottom corner.  

The game was being played at a decent tempo with both sides going for it, although trailing Queens weren’t out of it and East’s shot was cleared for a corner and Reilly’s right foot shot stung the palms of Schwake.  Then with just over half an hour played, they were back on level terms.  Josh Todd played the ball over for Paton, he made a good run before forcing the keeper into making a one handed save but young Lewis Gibson was first to react and fired the ball into the net for the equaliser. 

Queens finished the first half strongly and had Morton rattled, Rico Quitongo’s cross was deflected before Schwake saved and Paul McKay couldn’t connect with McGrory’s cross. 

HALF TIME:  Morton 1 Queens 1 

The first chance after the break saw Quitongo (Rico) win a free kick as he was brought down by Grimshaw and McGrory whipped in the set piece only for it to be caught on the line.  

Ten minutes in Muirhead was at the back post as a cross from the left came in but the big forward headed just over. Playing into the driving rain McGrory’s free kick went unchallenged in the box and the keeper caught easy before at the other end Morton claimed for a penalty as Quitongo (Jai) felt he was bundled over by Currie. 

With the game hanging in the balance Reilly opted to take a shot when he had Paton and Connor Murray to his right before McGrory’s corner was played out for East, but he headed well over. Midway through the half, McGrory did well to win a challenge and set up Murray on the right, but Reilly waited for it to drop and unchallenged the keeper saved.  At the other end, Quitongo (Jai) hit a right foot shot low but dragged it just wide. 

Morton regained the lead as Muirhead scored his and their second of the afternoon with a well struck left foot free kick straight into the top corner.  No controversy over the goal but a debatable free kick in the first place, with Queens denied a free kick of their own in the lead up. 

As they battled for an equaliser, McKenna’s ball was headed back in the danger area by Todd, but Reilly waited for the ball to fall at his feet and the chance was cleared.  As the play raced to the other end Currie came out to block Quitongo (Jai) after he slipped the defence.  And then Murray cleared from the same player as he got on the end of Lewis Strapp’s throw in.

Queens were still pushing forward and McGrory and Todd both had shots blocked before McKenna’s cross from the right was too close to the keeper.  Minutes later his delivery was too high for Michael Ruth. 

Then with two minutes of normal time remaining, Queens were stung with another debatable decision.  Substitute, Harry Cochrane appeared to be fouled but didn’t get the free-kick and as he challenged Alexander King inside the box, King went down for a fairly soft penalty.  Grant Gillespie sent Currie the wrong way from the spot to extend the home side’s advantage. Morton made it four deep in added on time, with Queens deflated, King made his way from the halfway line, beating three or four players on the way to slot a left foot shot low past Currie into the bottom corner. 

The two late goals made it a flattering score-line for the home side and the 4-1 defeat wasn’t a true reflection of the game but it does mean our Scottish Cup run is over for another season.  

FULL TIME:  Morton 4 Queens 1

  • Currie

  • McKenna

  • McKay

  • East

  • Gibson

  • McGrory


  • Wilson

  • Quitongo


  • Todd


  • Reilly


  • Paton


  • Henderson

  • Murray


  • Cochrane


  • Ruth


  • Connelly


  • Irving


  • Hendrie

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Pre-match Queens: 1.Currie 16.East 5.P Mckay 12.Mckenna 3.Quitongo 8.Todd 4.Wilson 15.McGrory 27.L Gibson 7.Paton 9.Reilly
Pre-match Queens Subs: 43.Henderson 2.D Mckay 6.Cochrane 10.Connelly 11.Murray 17.Hendrie 19.Ruth 20.Irving 21.McMahon
Pre-match Morton: 1.Schwake 3.Strapp 5.Baird 7.Kabia 8.Blues 9.Muirhead 10.Quitongo 12.Ambrose 14.Crawford 21.Gillespie 23.Grimshaw
Pre-match Morton Subs: 20.Green 2.Pigniatello 4.O’Connor 16.Hynes 17.McGratten 25.King 47.Lithgow
Pre-match One change to the Queens side as Ciaran Mckenna returns from injury to replace Dave Mckay.
First half begins |0-0
2%27 Paton has an early shot from the edge of the box which Schwake handles comfortably. |0-0
8%27 McGrory makes a great run in behind who is played in by Paton but his cut back can’t find Reilly. |0-0
9%27 Paul Mckay fouls Muirhead on the edge of the box in a dangerous position. |0-0
9%27 The free kick is fired straight into Curries hands. |0-0
15%27 Wilson wins a free kick after some good fighting from queens. |0-0
16%27 A great delivery from McGrory is missed by Paul Mckay. |0-0
18%27 Reilly (QOS) is booked for a late challenge on Strapp. |0-0
19%27 East clears one off the line from a Muirhead header. |0-0
20%27 Morton deliver a couple of dangerous corners in and they’re scrambled away for a queens goal kick. |0-0
23%27 Goal Morton. Muirhead the scorer |1-0
23%27 Wilson gives the ball away on the halfway line and Muirhead delivers a ball in which deflects off Mckenna into the far corner. |1-0
26%27 East is open in the box from a corner and his shot is blocked off the line. |1-0
30%27 Reilly rolls Ambrose before releasing a shot into Schwake’s hands. |1-0
30%27 L Gibson (QOS) is booked for a late challenge on Quitongo. |1-0
31%27 GOAL QUEENS! L Gibson the scorer |1-1
32%27 GIBBOOOOO! Todd plays Paton in behind who’s effort is saved but Gibson is there to finish the rebound. |1-1
First half ends |1-1
Half Time A classic Scottish Cup tie as both teams have put bags of effort into a very competitive half. |1-1
Second half begins |1-1
51%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Kabia OFF REPLACED BY McGratten |1-1
55%27 Muirhead has a free header at the back post which he only manages to head over the bar. |1-1
64%27 Game has died slightly now with few chances for either side. |1-1
66%27 Confusion at the back as Mckay doesn’t head back to Currie before the keeper comes out to clear it, there is now a stoppage in play as Mckenna is down with a head knock. |1-1
68%27 Reilly does very well to create space down the line before crossing across the face of goal which Strapp has to put out for a corner. |1-1
70%27 J Quitongo collects a ball out the air before firing wide of the post. |1-1
70%27 Quitongo (QOS) is booked |1-1
71%27 Muirhead is lining up another free kick for morton in a dangerous area. |1-1
71%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Blues OFF REPLACED BY King |1-1
71%27 Goal Morton. Muirhead the scorer |2-1
72%27 Muirhead fires a powerful free kick straight over the wall into the top right corner. |2-1
75%27 Wilson drives forward before firing a shot well wide of the post. |2-1
78%27 Wilson makes another great run forward before releasing a shot at the best post which Schwake holds well. |2-1
84%27 A brilliant queens move allows Mckenna to be played in down the line but his cut back is too close to the keeper. |2-1
87%27 Penalty Morton. Cochrane trips King up on the left side of the box. |2-1
88%27 Goal Morton. Gillespie the scorer |3-1
88%27 Gillespie slots the ball calmly into the bottom left corner. |3-1
90%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Baird OFF REPLACED BY Pigniatello |3-1
91%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Gillespie OFF REPLACED BY O’Connor |3-1
91%27 SUBSTITUTION Morton: Ambrose OFF REPLACED BY Lithgow |3-1
92%27 SUBSTITUTION QOS: Quitongo OFF REPLACED BY Connelly |3-1
93%27 Goal Morton. King the scorer |4-1
93%27 King manages to run past multiple Queens players from the halfway line before slotting past Currie. |4-1
The game ends |4-1
Full Time Morton come out the second half as the stronger team and take their chances to advance through to the next round. |4-1