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.