Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Morton 5.
Greenock Morton stunned the league leaders Queen of the South with three confident strikes in the first half paving the way for a convincing win.
Ross Forbes has the visitors in front early before Jamie McDonagh and Gary Oliver added to the scoreline.
Jai Quitongo scored from a well worked corner kick to increase Queen's misery.
And then Morton captain Thomas O'Ware scored a penalty to wrap up an emphatic win ahead of next week's League Cup semi-final with Aberdeen.
Queen of the South had started strongly and forced a couple of early corners, with talisman Steven Dobbie lashing the ball high over the bar from the edge of the box when he should have done better.
But Morton soon took control and stunned the home fans with the opener.
Forbes cut inside Jordan Marshall effortlessly down the Morton right wing, before curling a delightful shot past the unsighted Lee Robinson in the home goal.
Midway through the first half, against the run of play, Dobbie dashed past the visiting defence and found the space to get a shot at goal, but he dragged the effort just wide of the post.
The visitors were by far the better side though and it was no surprise to see the lead doubled by McDonagh shortly after the half hour. Again, the goal came from an attack down the right-wing where Queens had looked vulnerable all afternoon.
Shock amongst the home fans turned to despair when Morton's third again came from the same area of the pitch.
This time Oliver was the man to supply a fine finish to the delight of the 150 or so travelling supporters.
Queen of the South came back into the game after the break for a spell, but couldn't convert pressure into clear cut chances.
At the other end, Quitongo showed some brilliant footwork before beating Robinson with a fine shot, only to be denied by the inside of the post.
It proved only a stay of execution, as the little striker drilled in a fine finish after a tremendous training ground corner.
O'Ware added to the hurt for Queens fans as he fired in a spot kick.
Queen of Sth
- 1RobinsonBooked at 71mins
- 5BrownlieBooked at 26mins
- 4DowieBooked at 62mins
- 3MarshallBooked at 85mins
- 7AndersonSubstituted forBrotherstonat 63'minutes
- 8MillarBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHooperat 63'minutes
- 17PickardBooked at 35mins
- 12RiggSubstituted forFergussonat 74'minutes
- 18McDonaghBooked at 55mins
- 8ForbesSubstituted forTiffoneyat 87'minutes
- 11NesbittSubstituted forOyenugaat 80'minutes
- 24QuitongoSubstituted forScullionat 85'minutes
- 7OliverBooked at 26mins
- Steven Kirkland
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Morton 5.
Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Ross Forbes.
Attempt saved. Jon Scullion (Morton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Morton. Jon Scullion replaces Jai Quitongo.
Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South).
Attempt saved. Jamie Hamill (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Jai Quitongo (Morton).
Jamie Hamill (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jai Quitongo (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jamie Hamill (Queen of the South).
Substitution, Morton. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Aidan Nesbitt.
Attempt saved. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Queen of the South. Ross Fergusson replaces Steven Rigg.
Goal! Queen of the South 0, Morton 5. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Lee Robinson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Morton. Ross Forbes draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) after a foul in the penalty area.