Dougie Imrie's 78th-minute strike meant Morton dealt Dundee a huge blow in their bid to win the Championship.

Imrie rifled home Rowan Vine's cutback into the far corner to give the Cappielow side only their sixth league win of the season.

Dundee will feel aggrieved given they dominated the match, winning 13 corners in the first half alone.

Former Ton striker Peter MacDonald and Christian Nade were guilty of missing chances for the visitors.

Paul Hartley's men now drop to second, a point behind Hamilton Accies with two games to play.

Third-placed Falkirk are also still in the mix, just a point behind Dundee.

For Morton, it was some much needed joy in a dismal season. This exact time last year, they were in second place on 67 points. Now, already relegated, this win has just taken them beyond a third of that total.

Nicky Riley and MacDonald were chief tormentors in a first half that yielded so many corners for Dundee, although only one or two of those threatened to bring the opening goal.

The fact MacDonald was so central to Dundee's attacking play would have been hard for home fans to watch; the 33-year-old notched 15 goals for Morton last season when they finished second in the league.

MacDonald went close with a header and also watched his left-foot angled drive saved well by the foot of Ton goalkeeper Derek Gaston, but Dundee fans sitting behind the goal might have been frustrated their team did not raise the tempo further.

It meant Morton, through Vine, nearly scored against the run of play on 35 minutes.

However, his 12-yard effort from Fouad Bachirou's pass was comfortably over Kyle Letheren's crossbar.

Dundee began the second half flying, MacDonald again being presented with an opportunity from six yards that Gaston kept out.

When Nade went clear through the very decent turnout of away fans thought it was the moment they would go in front. However, the former Hearts man shot a whisker wide and the frustration continued.

Things got worse for the Dark Blues when former Hamilton forward Imrie finished clinically following extremely good work by Vine down the right.

Letheren ensured the lead remained at one, denying Fouad Bachirou after a Morton counter-attack as Dundee tried, and failed, to equalise.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Greenock Morton

  • 01 Gaston (Caraux - 68' )
  • 22 O'Ware
  • 28 Russell
  • 21 Bachirou
  • 40 Cole
  • 06 Findlay Booked
  • 25 Robertson
  • 02 Taggart
  • 18 Vine (Campbell - 85' )
  • 19 McKay (McNeil - 91' )
  • 08 Imrie

Substitutes

  • 10 Campbell
  • 23 Caraux
  • 24 Knight
  • 26 Fulton
  • 27 McNeil
  • 36 Cairnie
  • 44 McCormack

Dundee

  • 01 Letheren
  • 30 Kerr (Beattie - 80' )
  • 05 Dyer
  • 10 Rae Booked
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 06 Davidson Booked
  • 23 Boyle
  • 20 McAlister
  • 09 MacDonald
  • 33 Wighton (Nade - 62' )
  • 07 Riley

Substitutes

  • 02 Irvine
  • 08 McBride
  • 11 Conroy
  • 24 Twardzik
  • 25 Cummins
  • 27 Nade
  • 29 Beattie
Ref: Mat Northcroft
Att: 2,117

Match Stats

Shots

6 20

On target

3 5

Corners

2 16

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Morton 1, Dundee 0.

90:00 +3:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Morton 1, Dundee 0.

90:00 +1:07

Foul by Jim McAlister (Dundee).

90:00 +1:07

David Robertson (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt saved. Iain Davidson (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. David McNeil replaces Barrie McKay.

89:00

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

88:49

Attempt blocked. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:19

Nicholas Riley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:19

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

85:30

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Archie Campbell replaces Rowan Vine.

81:01

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Letheren.

80:37

Attempt saved. Fouad Bachirou (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

79:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Craig Beattie replaces Cameron Kerr.

78:24

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

77:55

Foul by Scott Taggart (Morton).

77:55

Christian Nade (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morton 1, Dundee 0. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rowan Vine with a cross.

75:47

Attempt missed. Fouad Bachirou (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

75:04

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Dundee).

75:04

Rowan Vine (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:04 Booking

Booking Gavin Rae (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

74:00

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:59

Foul by Gavin Rae (Dundee).

73:04 Booking

Booking Stuart Findlay (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

73:00

Christian Nade (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:58

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Morton).

71:38

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Nicolas Caraux replaces Derek Gaston because of an injury.

64:49

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:22

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Letheren.

63:30

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

62:51

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:51

Foul by David Robertson (Morton).

61:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Christian Nade replaces Craig Wighton.

55:38

Hand ball by Nicholas Riley (Dundee).

54:52

Attempt missed. Martin Boyle (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:43

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:41

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

52:28

Attempt saved. Nicholas Riley (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

51:26

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:49

Attempt missed. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:32

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:13

Attempt blocked. Nicholas Riley (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:34

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Morton).

45:00

Second Half begins Morton 0, Dundee 0.

45:00 +0:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Morton 0, Dundee 0.

45:00 +0:08

Jim McAlister (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Fouad Bachirou (Morton).

44:27

Attempt missed. Iain Davidson (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

43:56

Nicholas Riley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:56

Foul by David Robertson (Morton).

40:54

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by David Robertson.

40:23

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

36:43

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:43

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

36:23

Foul by Gavin Rae (Dundee).

36:23

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:23

Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

35:23

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:50

Attempt missed. Rowan Vine (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

34:16

Attempt saved. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

34:05

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:05

Foul by Fouad Bachirou (Morton).

32:17

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Darren Cole.

31:08 Booking

Booking Iain Davidson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

25:16

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by David Robertson.

23:42

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee).

23:42

Rowan Vine (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:10

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

22:53

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

22:37

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:53

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

20:25

Attempt saved. Scott Taggart (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:21

Attempt missed. Declan Gallagher (Dundee) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

17:58

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

16:23

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Morton).

16:23

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:21

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

15:21

Iain Davidson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:14

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark Russell.

10:12

Foul by Gavin Rae (Dundee).

10:12

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:52

Foul by Nicholas Riley (Dundee).

8:52

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:47

Attempt missed. Willie Dyer (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:02

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

6:49

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

6:30

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

3:56

Foul by Peter MacDonald (Dundee).

3:56

Scott Taggart (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:07

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Darren Cole.

1:25

Attempt missed. Declan Gallagher (Dundee) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

1:00

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by David Robertson.

0:28

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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