Morton booked their place in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a resounding win against East Stirlingshire.

Mark McLaughlin fired the visitors in front in the first minute and Peter Weatherson headed a second.

Michael Herd's strike pulled one back for Shire, but Stephen Stirling's volley put Morton 3-1 up at the break.

Tony Wallace's tap-in and Michael Tidser's 25-yard free-kick completed the Greenock side's rout.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

East Stirling

  • 01 McWilliams
  • 03 Shepard
  • 04 Miller Booked
  • 02 Hume
  • 06 Hunter Booked (Benton - 76' )
  • 07 Greenhill
  • 08 Begg
  • 09 Herd (Turner - 46' Booked )
  • 10 Devlin
  • 11 Maxwell
  • 05 Jackson

Substitutes

  • 17 Gordon
  • 15 Gillespie
  • 16 Tart
  • 14 Benton
  • 12 Turner

Morton

  • 01 Gaston
  • 03 Halsman
  • 04 Reid
  • 05 Rutkiewicz
  • 06 McLaughlin Booked (Naismith - 60' )
  • 02 Taggart
  • 07 Stirling
  • 08 Tidser
  • 09 Wallace (Graham - 68' )
  • 11 O'Brian
  • 10 Weatherson Booked (Campbell - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Combe
  • 14 Naismith
  • 16 Wilkie
  • 12 Campbell
  • 15 Graham
Ref: Beaton
Att: 581

Match Stats

Shots

4 20

On target

1 15

Corners

3 6

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +1:02 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +0:04

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Begg.

89:26

Jordan Halsman challenges Kevin Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Jackson takes the free kick.

88:23

David Graham takes a shot. Ricky Miller gets a block in. Stephen Stirling takes a inswinging corner. Scott Taggart takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand post.

86:47

The ball is sent over by David O'Brien, Stephen Stirling takes a shot. Save by Ryan McWilliams. Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Stirling from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Mark Begg.

85:19

The assist for the goal came from Craig Reid.

85:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Tidser - E Stirling 1 - 5 Morton Michael Tidser scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. East Stirling 1-5 Morton.

84:33 Booking

Booking Ricky Miller receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

84:28

Unfair challenge on Craig Reid by Ricky Miller results in a free kick.

83:13

David Greenhill delivers the ball, clearance by Jason Naismith.

81:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Turner by Stephen Stirling. Ryan McWilliams restarts play with the free kick.

79:34

Direct free kick taken by Craig Reid.

79:34 Substitution

Substitution (East Stirling) makes a substitution, with Jamie Benton coming on for Michael Hunter.

79:34

Rhys Devlin challenges Michael Tidser unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:12

Nathan Shepherd is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Derek Gaston.

78:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Stirling. Ryan McWilliams takes the indirect free kick.

77:46

Craig Hume is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jason Naismith.

76:32

Shot by Michael Tidser. Save by Ryan McWilliams.

75:34

Jordan Halsman takes the free kick.

75:34 Booking

Booking The referee books Kevin Turner for unsporting behaviour.

75:28

Foul by Kevin Turner on Jordan Halsman, free kick awarded.

69:59

Michael Tidser restarts play with the free kick.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution (Morton) makes a substitution, with Archie Campbell coming on for Peter Weatherson.

69:59

Unfair challenge on Michael Tidser by Kevin Turner results in a free kick.

68:45

Scott Taggart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Maxwell. Ricky Miller takes the direct free kick.

67:17 Substitution

Substitution David Graham is brought on as a substitute for Tony Wallace.

66:21

David O'Brien provided the assist for the goal.

66:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony Wallace - E Stirling 1 - 4 Morton Goal scored by Tony Wallace from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. East Stirling 1-4 Morton.

64:08

Peter Weatherson takes a shot. Save made by Ryan McWilliams. David O'Brien decides to take the corner short, The ball is sent over by Michael Tidser, Craig Hume makes a clearance.

62:53

Corner taken by Michael Hunter played to the near post, Shot by Ricky Miller from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

62:26

The referee blows for offside against Peter Weatherson. Ryan McWilliams takes the free kick.

61:15

Handball by Rhys Devlin. Jordan Halsman restarts play with the free kick.

60:54

The ball is sent over by Michael Tidser. The ball is delivered by Craig Reid, Ryan McWilliams makes a save.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution Jason Naismith replaces Mark McLaughlin.

58:33

Centre by Mark McLaughlin, Nathan Shepherd makes a clearance.

56:46

Kevin Turner challenges Jordan Halsman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Tidser crosses the ball in from the free kick.

55:51

Michael Hunter crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Mark McLaughlin.

55:51 Booking

Booking Mark McLaughlin receives a caution.

55:27

Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Michael Hunter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Hunter. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark McLaughlin on Kevin Turner.

54:56

The ball is delivered by David O'Brien.

52:02

Shot comes in from Peter Weatherson from the free kick, blocked by Ricky Miller.

52:02 Booking

Booking The referee shows Michael Hunter a yellow card.

51:58

Michael Hunter challenges Tony Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Hume on David O'Brien. Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.

50:58

The ball is sent over by David O'Brien, clearance made by Steven Jackson.

49:44

Kevin Rutkiewicz takes a shot.

49:25

The ball is swung over by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

47:03

Craig Hume sends in a cross, Jordan Halsman gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Scott Maxwell from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David O'Brien.

45:56

Jordan Halsman challenges Kevin Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Hume takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Turner is brought on as a substitute for Michael Herd.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:58

Michael Tidser delivers the ball.

44:20

David O'Brien takes a shot. Blocked by Ricky Miller. Corner taken by David O'Brien.

42:57

Free kick taken by Ryan McWilliams.

42:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Peter Weatherson.

41:04

Effort from outside the penalty area by Stephen Stirling goes wide left of the target.

40:37

A cross is delivered by Michael Herd, clearance by Scott Taggart.

39:41

Foul by Peter Weatherson on Ricky Miller, free kick awarded. Ryan McWilliams restarts play with the free kick.

38:53

Unfair challenge on Nathan Shepherd by Tony Wallace results in a free kick. Ricky Miller takes the direct free kick.

36:22

Tony Wallace provided the assist for the goal.

36:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Stirling - E Stirling 1 - 3 Morton Goal scored by Stephen Stirling from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. East Stirling 1-3 Morton.

33:29

Nathan Shepherd provided the assist for the goal.

33:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Herd - E Stirling 1 - 2 Morton A goal is scored by Michael Herd from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. East Stirling 1-2 Morton.

33:22

Nathan Shepherd sends in a cross,

33:07

A cross is delivered by Scott Maxwell, blocked by Scott Taggart.

32:33

The ball is crossed by Craig Reid, Ryan McWilliams makes a save.

31:41

Mark Begg takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

28:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Tidser by Michael Hunter. Free kick taken by Michael Tidser. Stephen Stirling produces a cross, Header from close range by Kevin Rutkiewicz clears the bar.

28:07

David Greenhill has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

27:33

The referee blows for offside against David O'Brien. Free kick taken by Craig Hume.

27:06

Mark Begg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Reid. Free kick taken by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

24:43

Tony Wallace delivers the ball.

24:33

The ball is sent over by David Greenhill, clearance made by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

23:15

Kevin Rutkiewicz fouled by David Greenhill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.

22:18

Michael Tidser takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Jackson. Corner taken right-footed by Stephen Stirling from the left by-line, Michael Hunter fouled by Mark McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan McWilliams.

20:44

The ball is delivered by Scott Taggart, clearance by Steven Jackson.

18:17

The ball is delivered by Tony Wallace.

18:12

A cross is delivered by Tony Wallace, clearance made by Steven Jackson.

17:27

Shot from 20 yards from Peter Weatherson. Blocked by Steven Jackson.

16:38

Tony Wallace has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

15:59

David O'Brien produces a cross, save made by Ryan McWilliams.

14:19

Ricky Miller fouled by Stephen Stirling, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ricky Miller.

11:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against David O'Brien. Free kick taken by Ryan McWilliams.

10:08

Assist on the goal came from Stephen Stirling.

10:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Weatherson - E Stirling 0 - 2 Morton Peter Weatherson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. East Stirling 0-2 Morton.

9:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Jackson on David O'Brien. The ball is delivered by Stephen Stirling,

8:52

Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Michael Hunter, free kick awarded. Michael Hunter restarts play with the free kick.

7:09

The ball is sent over by Stephen Stirling, Nathan Shepherd makes a clearance.

5:13

Tony Wallace sends in a cross, clearance made by Ricky Miller.

3:13

Mark Begg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Halsman. Mark McLaughlin takes the free kick.

2:47

Peter Weatherson takes a shot. Save made by Ryan McWilliams.

0:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark McLaughlin - E Stirling 0 - 1 Morton Mark McLaughlin scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. East Stirling 0-1 Morton.

0:19

Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Stirling, Mark McLaughlin takes a shot. Save made by Ryan McWilliams.

0:00

The game begins.

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