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Arbroath 2-0 Greenock Morton: League runners-up head into play-offs with win

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Gayfield
Jason Thomson
Jason Thomson scored Arbroath's opening goal

A freshened up Arbroath prepared for the Scottish Premiership play-offs with a comfortable win over Greenock Morton.

Jason Thomson had an easy finish from close range after Liam Henderson's header came back off the crossbar.

The Red Lichties' second came when James Craigen headed in his third in three games following brilliant trickery on the left by Bobby Linn.

Late on, Michael McKenna headed home his 16th goal of the season from Nicky Low's corner.

Arbroath made nine changes to their starting XI, while Morton made eight, in a match that had little at stake.

Dick Campbell's side now have a 10-day wait until they visit either Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Partick Thistle in the Premiership play-off semi-final first leg. The second leg is on 13 May.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "Freshened up? That's an understatement - I brought nine players in because I thought about it for two or three nights and thought, what if I play the ones who have been playing every week and they get injured or sent off, and also thought I need to be fair to the rest of the players.

"And they have all sent a clear message to me that they want to be here next season and they are wanting to play - I thought they were excellent. We should have scored more and I am regenerated after being a bit empty after the Kilmarnock game."

Greenock Morton manager Dougie Imrie: "We lost to a very good team. Disappointed to lose any game. It's been a disappointing end to the season - three defeats on the bounce.

"I'm immensely proud of my boys. What they've given me since I came through the door in December has been nothing short of remarkable. We've got a job on our hands. We need to get players in. It'll be tough. Everybody's fighting for players."

Line-ups

Arbroath

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Antell
  • 12StewartSubstituted forHamiltonat 68'minutes
  • 2Thomson
  • 5O'Brien
  • 22Henderson
  • 10SwankieSubstituted forMcKennaat 76'minutes
  • 7Gold
  • 17BakareSubstituted forLowat 68'minutes
  • 11Linn
  • 19WightonSubstituted forCraigenat 68'minutes
  • 16FordSubstituted forDonnellyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hamilton
  • 4Little
  • 6Low
  • 8McKenna
  • 15Donnelly
  • 18Hamilton
  • 20Hamilton
  • 28Craigen
  • 31Douglas

Morton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Hamilton
  • 16Hynes
  • 2Ledger
  • 5McEntee
  • 15Russell
  • 24McGregorSubstituted forOliverat 87'minutes
  • 6Jacobs
  • 10Lyon
  • 25King
  • 17McGrattan
  • 19Easdale

Substitutes

  • 4McLean
  • 7Oliver
  • 8Blues
  • 9Muirhead
  • 11Ugwu
  • 12Brandon
  • 14Reilly
  • 20Bysouth
  • 27Wilson
Referee:
Matthew MacDermid
Attendance:
3,121

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arbroath 3, Morton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arbroath 3, Morton 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Darren Hynes.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael McKenna (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Gary Oliver replaces Lewis McGregor because of an injury.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Arbroath 3, Morton 0. Michael McKenna (Arbroath) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Low with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Oisin McEntee (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Arbroath 2, Morton 0. James Craigen (Arbroath) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Linn.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Michael McKenna replaces Gavin Swankie.

  11. Post update

    Jack Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ledger (Morton).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Donnelly (Arbroath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Nicky Low (Arbroath) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Liam Henderson (Arbroath).

  16. Post update

    Lewis McGregor (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Darren Hynes (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Low (Arbroath).

  19. Post update

    Gavin Swankie (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Reece Lyon (Morton).

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