Match ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.
Dundee United kick-started their season with a well-earned win over Morton.
Tony Andreu's second half brace ensured they ended a poor week with three points.
Morton were unable to recreate their League Cup win over the tangerines though Sean Dillon turned a Ross Forbes free kick past his keeper to ruin Cammy Bell's clean sheet.
The victory means Ray McKinnon's men move to within six points of leaders Queen of the South.
In a match of few chances a single goal difference was always likely to be enough and so it proved.
However, Andreu could have scored much earlier as he spurned United's best first half chance.
Racing onto a through ball his shot was snuffed out by Andy McNeil in the Morton goal.
As the opening 45 wore on, Jim Duffy's side began to feel their way into proceedings and Aiden Nesbitt hit the post with an effort from the edge of the area.
Cammy Bell was beaten and Ton skipper Thomas O'Ware spooned the rebound over the bar.
Blair Spittal did well to work space in the box as United began the second half smartly.
But his shot was spectacularly saved by McNeil.
Morton struggled to impose themselves in the second period and the hosts eventually opened the scoring just beyond the hour.
Andreu's effort found the corner despite the best efforts of McNeil.
But for one or two shaky moments in defence United deserved their win and Andreu's second saw him capitalise on poor defending.
He bore down on McNeil and calmly slotted home.
Dillon's late own goal came too late for Morton as United ensured revenge for their midweek defeat at Cappielow.
- 20van der Struijk
- 14EdjengueleBooked at 81mins
- 4DurnanBooked at 43mins
- 7SpittalSubstituted forObadeyiat 62'minutes
- 23van der VeldenSubstituted forDillonat 85'minutes
- 15SmithSubstituted forFraserat 77'minutes
- 4O'WareBooked at 76mins
- 17RussellBooked at 71mins
- 18McDonaghBooked at 76mins
- 10LindsaySubstituted forTiffoneyat 77'minutes
- 11NesbittSubstituted forMurdochat 78'minutes
- 24QuitongoBooked at 82mins
- Barry Cook
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.
Own Goal by Sean Dillon, Dundee United. Dundee United 2, Morton 1.
Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).
Scott Tiffoney (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United).
Michael Doyle (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Dundee United 2, Morton 0. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Murray.
Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Doyle.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Dixon.
Hand ball by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie McDonagh.
Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Nick van der Velden.
Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Tiffoney (Morton).
Jai Quitongo (Morton) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.
William Edjenguele (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.
Substitution, Morton. Andy Murdoch replaces Aidan Nesbitt.
Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Jamie Lindsay.