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Morton 2-2 Inverness: Visitors strike late to all but seal play-off place

Inverness celebrate
Inverness stretched their advantage over Dunfermline

Darren McCauley's late equaliser all but sealed a Premiership play-off place for Inverness as Greenock Morton were denied a first win in seven matches.

The substitute turned in Liam Polworth's low centre after the visitors had trailed from a winning position at Cappielow.

Anthony McDonald finished a fine run with a curled shot in off the post.

But Reece Lyon's composed strike and Greg Kiltie's penalty turned the match in Morton's favour before half-time.

Kiltie's penalty came about when Brad McKay pulled Gregor Buchanan at a corner and the on-loan Kilmarnock striker could have had his fifth of the season for Morton later had his chip not been cleared off the line.

Stand-in Caley Thistle goalkeeper Cammy MacKay deputised well for Mark Ridgers and made a great safe from Michael Tidser's first-half effort.

John Robertson's Highlanders, who occupy fourth place, stretch their advantage over Dunfermline to nine points with three games to play, with the Scottish Championship's runners-up and third and fourth-placed teams progressing to the play-offs.

Jonatan Johansson's Morton remain seventh - two points clear of Queen of the South and Falkirk and three above bottom side Partick Thistle.

Greenock Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "It's a very sore one and I feel for the players. I thought they fought excellently. There's no point feeling sorry for yourselves. We've got a massive game on Saturday against Falkirk.

"It's a cup final for both teams. It's going to be a fierce battle. It takes a lot of character, it takes a lot of belief and it takes a lot of togetherness to get through it but on the performance today, I'm very positive and I'm very confident that we'll do it."

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "The penalty's a strange one because the referee had warned Gregor Buchanan twice about holding on to Brad McKay and yet he gives the penalty the other way. The same's happened in the other box and that's where managers and coaches get annoyed about the consistency levels.

"I think we got the point that we deserved for our passing and play and keeping it going. Both teams deserved something. It's a good point for us and it could be a valuable point for Morton as well."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 23McCrorie
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 8McAlister
  • 14TumiltyBooked at 52mins
  • 32LyonBooked at 84mins
  • 12Tidser
  • 6Telfer
  • 3Iredale
  • 18OliverSubstituted forMillarat 74'minutes
  • 20KiltieSubstituted forDallasat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 7Millar
  • 15Dykes
  • 17O'Connell
  • 25McKeown
  • 37McGrattan
  • 44Dallas

Inverness CT

  • 21Mackay
  • 2Rooney
  • 22McKayBooked at 42mins
  • 6McCart
  • 29McHattieBooked at 84mins
  • 24TraffordSubstituted forAustinat 78'minutes
  • 4Chalmers
  • 17McDonaldSubstituted forWalshat 60'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forMcCauleyat 78'minutes
  • 19White

Substitutes

  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 11Walsh
  • 25Fon Williams
  • 35Macgregor
  • 37Brown
  • 40Harper
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
1,315

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Inverness CT 2.

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

Foul by Darren McCauley (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Inverness CT 2. Darren McCauley (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Polworth.

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Morton).

Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Andrew Dallas replaces Greg Kiltie.

Booking

Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Reece Lyon (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Reece Lyon (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathan Austin replaces Charlie Trafford.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Reghan Tumilty (Morton).

Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

Jordan White (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Chris Millar replaces Gary Oliver.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Tom Walsh replaces Anthony McDonald.

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Reghan Tumilty (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reghan Tumilty (Morton).

Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Greg Kiltie (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County33198654302465
2Dundee Utd3317884539659
3Ayr321481046321450
4Inverness CT33121474537850
5Dunfermline33118143236-441
6Alloa33108153648-1238
7Morton33813123245-1337
8Queen of Sth33811143940-135
9Falkirk33811143443-935
10Partick Thistle3297163649-1334
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