Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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St Johnstone 3-0 Greenock Morton: Scottish Cup win for Tommy Wright's side

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Highlights: St Johnstone 3-0 Greenock Morton

Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone continued their recent revival by easing past Greenock Morton to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

A half-time floodlight failure delayed the second half by over 20 minutes but that could not upset Tommy Wright's side, who have now lost just once in their past eight matches.

Callum Booth's drive put the Perth side ahead after four minutes, with Murray Davidson adding a second after the break and Stevie May rounding off the scoring.

St Johnstone have now conceded just once in six unbeaten outings, but their back line worked hard for their clean sheet against their Championship visitors.

Morton had a succession of chances, but the 2018 quarter-finalists could not find a way past Zander Clark.

The visitors responded well to going behind early, with Luca Colville having the best of the chances. The build-up play included a stylish backheel, and the slick passing deserved a more composed strike as the winger fired over the crossbar from close range.

A long-range effort from Nicky Cadden bounced off a St Johnstone player, but Reghan Tumilty failed to turn the rebound home.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "The result is the most important thing. The performance was good in patches but it was enough. I think we showed that extra bit of quality, which we should have being the Premiership club.

"Our lads were on the bikes [during half-time delay], although the way we started you wouldn't have thought it. The referee was probably close to postponing it. I think he was going to give it two or three more minutes."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 21RalstonSubstituted forDuffyat 77'minutes
  • 23Gordon
  • 15Kerr
  • 24Booth
  • 7Wright
  • 8Davidson
  • 18McCann
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forTanserat 82'minutes
  • 9Kane
  • 14MaySubstituted forHendryat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Duffy
  • 3Tanser
  • 12Parish
  • 17O'Halloran
  • 19Holt
  • 22Hendry
  • 26Craig

Morton

  • 20Rogers
  • 3WelshSubstituted forSuttonat 66'minutes
  • 30Baird
  • 4McLean
  • 2Tumilty
  • 6Jacobs
  • 8McAlister
  • 19Cadden
  • 16Strapp
  • 29ColvilleSubstituted forMillarat 72'minutes
  • 9MuirheadSubstituted forLyonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsbottom
  • 5Grant
  • 7Millar
  • 12Orsi
  • 17Lyon
  • 18Blues
  • 21Sutton
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,397

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 3, Morton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 3, Morton 0.

Attempt missed. Callum Hendry (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian McLean (Morton).

Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Callum Hendry replaces Stevie May.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Scott Tanser replaces David Wotherspoon.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Reece Lyon replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Drey Wright.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jack Baird.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Drey Wright (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Drey Wright (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Wallace Duffy replaces Anthony Ralston.

John Sutton (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 3, Morton 0. Stevie May (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Ralston.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Chris Millar replaces Luca Colville.

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

Foul by Stevie May (St. Johnstone).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Stevie May (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lewis Strapp.

Attempt blocked. Luca Colville (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. John Sutton replaces Stephen Welsh.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Muirhead (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luca Colville (Morton).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian McLean (Morton).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Morton 0. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Drey Wright following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jack Baird.

Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Brian McLean (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Reghan Tumilty (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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