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Morton look sharp as they saunter past a youthful Diamonds

Greenock Morton 3

McWaters 40, McAleer 47, Purdue 85

Airdrieonians FC 0

  • Tuesday, 15 November 2016
  • Parklea Playing Fields
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League West
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. 
  • Half Time:
  • Greenock Morton
  • 1-0
  • Airdrieonians FC
Greenock looked the hungrier in the opening few minutes of the 2nd half. Halftime sub Hynes had his cross-come-shot tipped round the post before McAleer made it 2-0 on 47 minutes. McAleer’s weaving run was capped off with a rocket into the top corner. 2-0 Greenock.
Soon after, Louden created a similar chance for himself at the opposite end, but his shot was dragged wide. Airdrie were to be no pushover here, Louden and McLaughlin were the key players as they worked tirelessly to get their side back in the game. But it was mainly McAleer for Greenock who was getting a lot of joy down the right flank and he had a handful of shots well saved throughout the half before he was subbed off on 70 mins for Docherty. 
It wasn’t until the 85th minute when Greenock could comfortably take their foot off the gas. Purdue’s through ball met a well-timed run from substitute Miller who calmly slotted past the onrushing Kerr. 3-0 Greenock. 
Greenock had one final chance to make it 4-0 as Miller was given the opportunity to grab a brace from the bench on 88 minutes, but his header drifted wide of the upright. 
  • Full Time:
  • Greenock Morton
  • 3-0
  • Airdrieonians FC


Greenock Morton
Airdrieonians FC
1 McNeil
2 Pepper
3 Strapp
4 Tennent
5 Anderson
6 Mitchell
7 McAleer
8 Langan
9 Purdue
11 McWaters
12 Armour
1 Kerr
2 Higgins
3 Ross
4 Cairns
5 Bell
6 Cowie
7 Louden
8 Leighton
9 Reilly
10 McLaughlin
11 Thompson
Star Player
Greenock Morton
Airdrieonians FC
McAleer displayed outstanding commitment and quailty throughout.
Louden's pace and high workrate meant the Morton backline were a million miles away from relaxing and enjoying their 3 goal lead.
Magic Moment
Greenock Morton
Airdrieonians FC
McAleer's weaving run and bullet of a finish to give Morton a 2-0 led.
A potential shock was on the cards when Airdrie nearly opened the scoring on 12th minutes when Reilly's excellent was tipped over the bar.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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