Scottish League Cup - Quarter-Final
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Greenock Morton 0-1 St Johnstone

A controversial late goal by Gary McDonald secured St Johnstone a place in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals at the expense of Greenock Morton.

The match appeared to be heading for extra-time when Saints won a free-kick.

Stevie May's shot was blocked but referee John McKendrick ordered the set-piece to be retaken, much to Morton's frustration.

The second effort was spilled by goalkeeper Nicolas Caraux and McDonald netted from the resulting loose ball.

St Johnstone join Aberdeen, Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Thursday's semi-final draw.

Scottish Championship side Morton were hoping to claim another Premiership scalp after their shock win at Celtic Park in the previous round.

McDonald scored in the fifth minute of injury-time

And the hosts's captain Mark McLaughlin had an early header saved by goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

A speculative long-range effort from Dougie Imrie flew wide of the visitors's goal and the midfielder tested Mannus with another drive moments later.

Nigel Hasselbaink fired into the side netting as Saints tried to force an opener before the break.

With chances few and far between in the second half, St Johnstone won a free-kick 25 yards out that David Wotherspoon fired against the outside of the post.

Brian Easton then directed a Wotherspoon corner over Caraux's goal.

As the match entered injury-time, Saints won another free-kick and May's effort came back off Nacho Novo, only for referee McKendrick to order the retake.

Novo was booked for encroachment and May's second effort was not held by Caraux, allowing McDonald to pounce and secure victory for the Perth side.

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright: "We had the character to keep going but you also have to give Morton credit. We showed hunger and desire to get a winner. When Stevie May is over a free-kick then anything can happen. It's come off the keeper and we've followed it in - Gary McDonald's stuck it in.

"We're happy to come through the tie and have a big game to look forward to. To get a goal that late, maybe fortune's favouring us."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 12Reid
  • 3FitzpatrickSubstituted forPageat 36'minutes
  • 18HabaiBooked at 28mins
  • 6McLaughlin
  • 4Peciar
  • 9Wallace
  • 21Bachirou
  • 20Gómez NovoBooked at 90mins
  • 7McKeeBooked at 48minsSubstituted forStirlingat 58'minutes
  • 8ImrieBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 5Page
  • 10Campbell
  • 16Stirling
  • 48Cham

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19Miller
  • 24B EastonBooked at 40mins
  • 8McDonald
  • 2Mackay
  • 5WrightSubstituted forScobbieat 46'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 4CreggSubstituted forDavidsonat 64'minutes
  • 17May
  • 11HasselbainkBooked at 25minsSubstituted forFallonat 79'minutes
  • 10Wotherspoon

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 14Edwards
  • 15Banks
  • 18Davidson
  • 27Fallon
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
2,619

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home22
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 0, St Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 0, St Johnstone 1.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 0, St Johnstone 1. Gary McDonald (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Nacho Novo (Morton) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by Nacho Novo (Morton).
Attempt blocked. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michal Habai (Morton).
Attempt saved. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).
Jonathan Page (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Chris Millar (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Nacho Novo (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Nacho Novo (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).
Stephen Stirling (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).
David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tony Wallace (Morton).
Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).
Craig Reid (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Rory Fallon replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
Foul by Craig Reid (Morton).
David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Brian Easton (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Mark McLaughlin.
Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Stephen Stirling (Morton).
Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Foul by Michal Habai (Morton).
Steve May (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Gary Miller (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nacho Novo (Morton).
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Mark McLaughlin.
Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Stephen Stirling (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
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