Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Greenock Morton 2-0 Falkirk

Ross Forbes celebrates scoring for Morton against
Ross Forbes was on the mark for Morton for the second week in a row

Morton convincingly beat fellow Championship play-off contenders Falkirk at Cappielow to reach the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Midfielder Jamie Lindsay gave the home side the lead with a close-range effort just before the break.

Ross Forbes made it two at the start of the second half after Falkirk, one place behind Morton in the league, failed to clear inside the box.

Victory stretched the hosts' unbeaten run at home to 17 matches.

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Scottish Cup highlights: Greenock Morton 2-0 Falkirk

In a tightly contested first 45 minutes, the home side broke the deadlock just before the break and it came from a mix-up in the Bairns' defence.

David McCracken tried to clear a Forbes header just outside the six-yard box but as he swivelled to clear the ball, his effort fell at the feet of the onrushing Lindsay, who blasted in at the back post.

Falkirk's failure to clear cost them again directly after the break.

Forbes passed up a gilt-edged opportunity when the ball fell to him six yards out, but he was gifted a second chance and this time fired home from close range with the Falikrk defence looking on.

The visitors should probably have taken the lead after 20 minutes but Derek Gaston saved well at the feet of James Craigen, who found himself through on goal.

Peter Houston's side pushed hard late in the game looking for a lifeline, but in truth it was the host who looked more likely to add to their lead.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6DoyleBooked at 85mins
  • 2Kilday
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 8ForbesBooked at 43mins
  • 10Lindsay
  • 21Murdoch
  • 17Russell
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forMcDonaghat 90'minutes
  • 7Oliver

Substitutes

  • 12Tidser
  • 14Scullion
  • 18McDonagh
  • 22Orr
  • 30McGowan
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 44Watson
  • 23Gallacher
  • 33Aird
  • 8Kerr
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 77mins
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forBairdat 69'minutes
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forMcHughat 54'minutes
  • 18Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 3Leahy
  • 9Baird
  • 14Grant
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 19McHugh
  • 24Thomson
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,349

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home14
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Falkirk 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Falkirk 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Jamie McDonagh replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Attempt missed. John Baird (Falkirk) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Booking

Michael Doyle (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Watson (Falkirk).

(Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Morton).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Booking

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. John Baird replaces Myles Hippolyte.

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jamie Lindsay (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Attempt blocked. Mark Russell (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Myles Hippolyte.

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraser Aird (Falkirk).

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces James Craigen.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Attempt saved. Ricki Lamie (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Tony Gallacher.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by David McCracken.

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