Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-1 Falkirk

Rowan Vine

Falkirk's Championship title chances are hanging by a thread after dropping points against relegated Morton.

Conor McGrandles' sixth goal of the season capped a well-crafted move to give the visitors the lead.

But Morton equalised when Rowan Vine was on hand to finish from four yards following Barrie McKay's low cross.

Both sides had great chances to snatch the win, with Falkirk's Craig Sibbald hitting the post and Scott Shepherd denied by Morton keeper Nicolas Caraux.

However, two points dropped means the third-placed Bairns are now three behind leaders Dundee with one game to play. Falkirk need other results and goal difference to go their way next weekend if they are to end up champions.

Morton made an uncertain start as a combination of a few dodgy pass-backs and hesitant clearances by Caraux almost allowed Falkirk's Rory Loy in.

But Kenny Shiels' men composed themselves and Thomas O'Ware glanced a header narrowly wide before Imrie's long-range effort had Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern worried.

When Darren Cole was dispossessed in the box at the other end, Blair Alston looked odds-on to score but side-footed wide from 12 yards to the frustration of Falkirk fans behind the goal.

But they were celebrating shortly after; McGrandles tucking home his sixth of the season after a lovely flick-on by Mark Beck and an unselfish square pass by Rory Loy.

Morton put a spanner in the works on the hour-mark. McKay did well to scamper down the left and put in a low cross which neither Stephen Kingsley nor David McCracken could deal with, leaving Vine to smash it in.

The win could still have gone to the visitors, had Sibbald's shot from the angle not rebounded off Caraux's upright.

And substitute Scott Shepherd watched as his low, injury-time effort was clutched by a grateful Caraux just before it trundled over the line.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 22O'WareBooked at 45mins
  • 28Russell
  • 2Taggart
  • 40ColeBooked at 63mins
  • 6Findlay
  • 25Robertson
  • 21Bachirou
  • 18Vine
  • 19McKay
  • 8Imrie

Substitutes

  • 10Campbell
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20McIntyre
  • 24Knight
  • 27McNeil
  • 36Cairnie
  • 44McCormack

Falkirk

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Duffie
  • 36Chalmers
  • 11McGrandles
  • 34McCracken
  • 3Kingsley
  • 8AlstonSubstituted forShepherdat 84'minutes
  • 35MillarBooked at 69minsSubstituted forDurojaiyeat 82'minutes
  • 7Beck
  • 33Loy
  • 10Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 4Durojaiye
  • 12Bowman
  • 15Dick
  • 19Leahy
  • 21Rowan
  • 30Bia Bi
  • 31Shepherd
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,921

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Falkirk 1.

Attempt saved. Scott Shepherd (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mark Russell (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Fouad Bachirou (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Blair Alston.

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Mark Beck (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Thomas O'Ware.

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Olumide Durojaiye replaces Mark Millar.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Millar.

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

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

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

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

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

Hand ball by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Morton).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Mark Millar (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Barrie McKay (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Millar (Falkirk).

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Booking

Darren Cole (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Darren Cole (Morton).

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Falkirk 1. Rowan Vine (Morton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dougie Imrie.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mark Beck (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Dundee3520692766
2Hamilton35181071964
3Falkirk3518982463
4Queen of Sth35166131454
5Dumbarton3515614251
6Livingston3512716-743
7Raith Rovers3511915-1142
8Alloa3511717-1540
9Cowdenbeath3511618-2239
10Morton356821-3126
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