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Greenock Morton 4-1 Alloa Athletic: Bob McHugh scores hat trick in win

Bob McHugh scored a fine hat trick as Morton claimed their first points of the season against Alloa Athletic.

The Greenock side showed five changes from the side that lost at Ayr, with visiting manager Peter Grant's son Peter one of those dropping out.

McHugh and Kevin Cawley traded goals before Reece Lyon edged Morton in front just after the break.

The hosts cruised it after that, McHugh adding two more - one an overhead kick - with Alloa's Andy Graham sent off.

Morton manager David Hopkin: "We made five changes to the team that lost at Ayr and the response was terrific.

"I think Alloa are a good team and Peter has them playing expansive football. But we had some fantastic performances. Aiden Nisbett was out of this world."

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant: "No excuses. The boys just didn't turn up for their work today. And that's the first time that has happened since I took the job.

"We were not sharp enough all over the park. And it is nothing to do with part-time training. Morton deserved it."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Ramsbottom
  • 6Jacobs
  • 8McAlister
  • 4McLean
  • 16StrappBooked at 52mins
  • 18BluesBooked at 58minsSubstituted forTumiltyat 84'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 17Lyon
  • 10NesbittSubstituted forSalkeldat 86'minutes
  • 11McHughSubstituted forOrsiat 75'minutes
  • 19Cadden

Substitutes

  • 2Tumilty
  • 3van Schaik
  • 9Muirhead
  • 12Orsi
  • 14Salkeld
  • 21Sutton
  • 22Easdale

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5GrahamBooked at 62mins
  • 4DeasBooked at 28mins
  • 3Dick
  • 7CawleySubstituted forBrownat 29'minutes
  • 10TroutenBooked at 41minsSubstituted forThomsonat 66'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 57mins
  • 9BuchananSubstituted forRobertsonat 65'minutes
  • 17O'HaraBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 8Robertson
  • 14Brown
  • 18Malcolm
  • 19Thomson
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 22Stirling
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Gavin Ross
Attendance:
1,646

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away0
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Cadden (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Neil Parry.

Attempt saved. Reece Lyon (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kyle Jacobs (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Cameron Salkeld (Morton).

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Cameron Salkeld replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Reghan Tumilty replaces Cameron Blues because of an injury.

Chris Millar (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Thomson (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Neil Parry.

Attempt saved. Chris Millar (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kalvin Orsi replaces Bob McHugh.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 4, Alloa Athletic 1. Bob McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aidan Nesbitt.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Booking

Kevin O'Hara (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Kyle Jacobs (Morton).

Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Robert Thomson replaces Alan Trouten.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Jon Robertson replaces Liam Buchanan.

Foul by Bob McHugh (Morton).

Scott Taggart (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

Kevin O'Hara (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic) is shown the red card.

Booking

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 3, Alloa Athletic 1. Bob McHugh (Morton) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian McLean following a corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Adam Brown.

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

Attempt saved. Kevin O'Hara (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Cameron Blues (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1Dundee Utd22006246
2Dundee21103214
3Morton21016513
4Ayr21014313
5Inverness CT210135-23
6Dunfermline20203302
7Queen of Sth20201102
8Partick Thistle201123-11
9Arbroath201112-11
10Alloa201125-31
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