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Morton edge out derby rivals in the Scottish Cup

Greenock Morton U20s 3

Eardley 6, Armour 30, 63

St.Mirren U20s 1

McBrearty 83
  • Sunday, 25 November 2018
  • Cappielow Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Dave Marshall | YFS West Region Journalist
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Greenock Morton U20s ran out 3-1 winners in the Renfrewshire Derby against St.Mirren U20s at Cappielow. It was a fiery affair that saw the visitors finish the game with eight men as St. Mirren lost all composure. Morton kept their head to progress through to the fifth round of the Scottish Youth Cup. 

Ben Eardley opened the scoring before two goals from Ben Armour sealed passage into the next round for the hosts. Conor McBrearty scored late on but it was little more than a consolation for St. Mirren on a day they would soon rather forget. 

St. Mirren were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes of the game. Sam Jamieson ran onto a long clearance and found himself alone with just the ‘keeper to beat. Charlie Carracher pulled off a terrific save to deny him and keep the game level. 

It wasn’t long before St.Mirren were punished for not taking their early chance. On the sixth minute, Ruaridh Langan took a tumble in the box and the referee decided Langan was impeded as he awarded the home side a penalty. Langan dusted himself off to take the kick but rattled the ball off the bar. Fortunately for Langan, Eardley reacted quickest and was there to head home into an empty net. 

Morton came close to adding a second quickly after. A corner from David Anderson went through a mass of bodies before hitting the post. The referee came to St. Mirren’s rescue this time as he awarded a free kick before the ball could be bobbled into the net. 

St. Mirren passed up on a couple of really good chances to get back on level terms. A superb cross by Evan Horne found Robbie Leitch all alone in the middle of the box. Leitch did well to find space but he then ballooned his volleyed shot over the bar. A deflected cross from Conor O’Keefe got the better of Carracher but the cross bar came to the Morton ‘keepers rescue as the ball bounced away to safety. 

Morton would double their lead on the half hour mark through Armour. Mitchell Duffy produced a superb tackle to win the ball in the midfield, he then sent a perfectly timed through ball to Armour who kept his cool to finish beyond the on-rushing ‘keeper. 

  • Half Time:
  • Greenock Morton U20s
  • 2-0
  • St.Mirren U20s

St. Mirren started the second half with a barrage on the Morton goal as they went looking to get back in the match. O’Keefe was once again denied by a fine save from Carracher. O’Keefe then sent a teasing low cross through the six yard box but Leitch couldn’t make the necessary contact as he desperately slid towards the ball. 

Morton once again made St.Mirren pay for their missed chances as they added to their lead through Armour again. A free kick was flicked on through to Armour by Reece Lyons. The number nine never looked like missing as he calmly slotted the ball past David Wilson in the St. Mirren goal. Things went from bad to worse for St.Mirren as at the restart after the goal, Leitch was sent off for kicking out at Armour. 

Morton had their 15-year-old ‘keeper Carracher to thank for maintaing their lead. The young stopper had a great game and even with Morton’s man advantage he was still called in to action to deny O’Keefe and Jamieson in quick succession. 

St.Mirren would get their goal late on as McBrearty headed home a Cameron MacPherson corner. It was somewhat cruel on Carracher that he did not get his clean sheet. However, St. Mirren will feel that they should have had more goals in a match where they were left to rue missed opportunities. 

There was some late drama as Horne was sent off for a two footed tackle on Eardley and then McPherson received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. As St. Mirren finished the game with eight men, it would be hard to argue against the fact that it was Morton’s composure and level headiness that saw them run out victors in this derby.

  • Full Time:
  • Greenock Morton U20s
  • 3-1
  • St.Mirren U20s

Lineups

Greenock Morton U20s
St.Mirren U20s
1. Charlie Carracher
2. Darren Hynes
3. Mitchell Duffy
4. Ben Docherty
5. Nathan Durham
6. Ruaridh Langan
7. David Anderson
8. Reece Lyon
9. Ben Armour
10. Jack Purdue
11. Ben Eardley
12. Scott Miller
14. Cameron Hayes
15. Alexander Easdale
16. Blair Docherty
17. Lewis McGrattan
20. Trialist
1. David Wilson
2. Evan Horne
3. Luke Barclay
4. Dylan McKendry
5. Andrew McDonald
6. Conor McBrearty
7. Conor O'Keefe
8. Scott Glover
9. Sam Jamieson
10. Cameron MacPherson
11. Robbie Leitch
12. Chris Henry
14. Ethan Erhahon
15. Cameron Breadner
16. Dakota King
17. Matthew Reilly
18. Lewis Morrison
20. Liam Miller
Star Player
Greenock Morton U20s
St.Mirren U20s
Difficult to chose between Carracher and Armour. The goalkeeper probably gets the nod as the young stopper put in a superb shift and worked hard to keep his team's lead.
Conor O'Keefe. On a day when many of the St. Mirren players let themselves down, O'Keefe was the one bright spark. Every attack seemed to go through the winger and he kept his side fighting, in the right way, throughout the game.
Magic Moment
Greenock Morton U20s
St.Mirren U20s
Ben Armour's first goal doubled the homesides lead and it came after a superb bit of play in the midfield too. Armour's composed finish personified the Morton performance on the day and sent his team on their way to the next round.
McBrearty's goal. It can't really be much else for St. Mirren.
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