Match ends, Morton 1, Raith Rovers 0.
Injury-ravaged Morton chalked up another vital victory with a one goal triumph over Raith Rovers. And the goal was a stunner.
Ross Forbes gave Morton the lead with a fabulous free kick on 18 minutes.
The opportunity for the strike- around 25 yards out and right sided - was created by sterling work by Jai Quitongo whose body strength knocked Kyle Benedictus horizontal in a fair shoulder charge.
He ploughed on towards goal only to be fouled.
Forbes took the kick and curled it gloriously round the wall and in low at Kevin Cuthbert's left hand post to the delight of the home support in a crowd of 1,528.
And in the end it was all Morton needed to embrace all three points
It was good stuff with chances at both ends, big Jean-Yves M'Voto with a header for Raith and Forbes firing over after a three-on-two break by the Greenock side, for example.
There was a blow and a reshape for Morton after 38 minutes, with Gavin Gunning floored and unable to continue and stretchered off, to be replaced by former Rangers player Andy Murdoch.
It was all Ton manager Jim Duffy needed. Another player on the treatment table.
It didn't stop the hosts' flow and they should have had a penalty when M'Voto handled just inside the area as he was pursued by Quintongo.
Robbie Neilson, the Hearts manager, was in the stand to watch his loan player at Raith, Liam Smith, and he saw him given a torrid time from the lively Greenock attack.
There was drama in the last few minutes when Andy McNeill was forced to go off with a head knock to be replaced in goal by Derek Gaston, whose first job was to save a free kick from Declan McManus.
It meant a nervy climax but Morton were well worth the win.
- 20McNeilSubstituted forGastonat 90'minutes
- 6DoyleBooked at 50mins
- 5GunningSubstituted forMurdochat 38'minutes
- 10LindsayBooked at 81mins
- 11NesbittSubstituted forTiffoneyat 85'minutes
- 7OliverBooked at 87mins
- 25SmithSubstituted forThompsonat 67'minutes
- 5MvotoBooked at 72mins
- 6BenedictusBooked at 29mins
- 19SkacelBooked at 58minsSubstituted forStewartat 60'minutes
- 18RobertsSubstituted forJohnstonat 66'minutes
- Craig Charleston
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Morton 1, Raith Rovers 0.
Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).
Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Morton. Derek Gaston replaces Andy McNeil because of an injury.
Delay in match Andy McNeil (Morton) because of an injury.
Gary Oliver (Morton) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Gary Oliver (Morton).
Attempt blocked. Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).
Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Aidan Nesbitt.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.
Jamie Lindsay (Morton) is shown the yellow card.
Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie McDonagh (Morton).
Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.