Hugged by a railway line on one side and the River Clyde on the other, Parklea Playing Fields played host to Greenock Morton u20s v Airdrie u20s. The young Tons would run out comfortable winners here, but a very youthful Diamonds side would be able to take some positives back to Excelsior, despite conceding three.
In-form Morton went into the game 2nd in the league with an opportunity to leapfrog Queen of South who sat top before kick off. The young Diamonds haven’t quite found their rhythm since turning pro for the first time this season, however there were bright sparks in Louden and McLaughlin as they pushed for a consolation late on.
Greenock had the better of the early exchanges and enjoyed a good spell of early long distance strikes from Strapp and Armour. No clear-cut chances were created until the 12th minute when Airdries Louden delivered an excellent cross and found Reilly unmarked in the area, but his header was tipped over the bar. Airdrie enjoyed a decent spell and a string of corners before momentum swung back in favour of the hosts. McAleer, Langan and Mitchell had shots well saved by Kerr between the Airdrie sticks.
The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute when neat footwork from Greenock’s Armour drew the foul in the box. McWaters sent Kerr the wrong way and converted the spot kick. 1-0 Greenock.