St Mirren have now taken simply two issues from their 3 conferences with their native opponents they usually may simply have misplaced this newest conflict at Cappielow.
It was once a regular festive derby fare from the off, with a variety of endeavour, even though the pace of the sport didn’t at all times permit the extra cultured gamers on view to polish.
One exception was once Scotland Underneath-21 megastar Lewis Morgan, who is predicted to signal for Premiership leaders Celtic within the January window.
His shut keep watch over and intelligence was once obvious during and he additionally proved, for the 13th time this season, that he can end. Ian McShane tried to select lone striker Danny Mullen with a go from the correct. The latter didn’t make touch however Morgan was once first to react to the free ball and he drilled it, left-footed in the back of David Gaston from six yards.
Morton, although, had alternatives of their very own. Jai Quitongo’s tempo allowed him to achieve a clearance from Gaston ahead of Jack Baird’s shot cleared the crossbar. In a similar way, when Gary Oliver lower the ball again for Michael Tidser, the midfielder additionally didn’t hit the objective.
The house facet’s Robert Thomson amassed a warning for simulation when his dive was once appropriately known as such via referee Kevin Clancy. Gary Harkins, on his 33rd birthday, additionally had his identify taken for a rash problem on Baird.
Additional indiscipline arose when Kyle Magennis was once booked for a petulant kick at Tidser, upsetting a flare-up which ended in the house facet’s Michael Doyle and Saints’ Stephen McGinn additionally having their names taken.
Change Gavin Reilly then manufactured a gap for himself with a serpentine run however Gaston’s save denied him a 20th function for the guests.
It additionally arrange a frantic finale and allowed centre-back Thomas O’Ware to salvage some extent for the hosts with a company header from Scott Tiffoney’s nook.
Quitongo and residential change Bob McHugh had penalty claims rejected via Clancy within the death seconds however Morton may no longer discover a winner. “I believed Morton had been just right in that 2nd part,” stated Saints supervisor Jack Ross.
“They put us underneath drive and I wasn’t positive how a lot of an affect the reality we performed on Friday whilst Morton’s recreation on the weekend was once off would have.
“Perhaps we had been a little bit leggy after the primary part however we had been in point of fact just right ahead of that and our efficiency mirrored the place we expect we’re as a bunch.
“So I’m a little bit bit annoyed that we didn’t press house the benefit we had right through that length and, at the turn facet, I’m disenchanted that we were given till ten mins to move ahead of we conceded one of these cushy function.”
His reverse quantity, Jim Duffy, had his personal frustrations. “I believed we had a couple of sturdy shout for a penalty however the referee sees it how he sees it,” he stated. “I didn’t suppose he had his absolute best fit this afternoon.”