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Morton and Raith have to settle for a share of the spoils at Cappielow

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After a week of Scottish Cup action, the First Division resumed with Morton and Raith once more fighting it out. It has only been a week since the two teams last met and Morton ran out 2-1 winners in that Scottish Cup tie.

Both teams made changes to their starting eleven, Peter MacDonald, who was inspirational in last week’s game, came in from the start. Peter Weatherson replaced Derek Young while Paul Di Giacomo also returned. Raith meanwhile brought in William Dyer as they looked for redemption after last week.

It was Raith who started the brighter as John Baird had his effort deflected for a corner. From the resulting corner, John Baird was left completely unmarked but he could only head the ball wide of the Morton goal.

Raith were again threatening, Damian Casalinuovo did well to make a yard of space and he thrashed his shot low to the bottom left hand corner, but Colin Stewart did magnificently to tip wide.

It was John Baird again who looked lively as he ran on to a Casalinuovo flick on, but he volleyed his effort high and wide.

Peter MacDonald nearly gave Morton the lead when he pounced on to an Archie Campbell mishit shot, but he could only steer the ball onto the post.

Another lovely threaded through ball from Michael Tidser, released Paul Di Giacomo and the former Killie man smashed the ball into the side netting.

The first half came to an end with a muted response from the crowd despite the end to end action.

Into the second half and it was Morton who had the first chance. A Michael Tidser corner found its way to the back post but the diminutive Archie Campbell headed the ball straight into the arms of David McGurn.

David McGurn was called into action again, when Thomas O’Ware floated a beautiful cross field ball into the path of Archie Campbell, but David McGurn was on hand to block the shot.

But it was Raith who took the lead. A Joe Hammill corner was sent into the box and Grant Murray was there to nod home. A soft goal for the home side to lose but the Fifers weren’t complaining.

However it wasn’t long until the score was level once more. Archie Campell showed incredible pace to keep the ball in play and cut the ball back to David O’Brien who had the easy task of poking the ball home.

Raith responded admirably as they won a free kick in a dangerous position. The ball was well whipped in and John Baird saw his half volley tipped over by Colin Stewart.

The game then petered out without any real chances being created, the draw a result that neither team could complain about.

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn felt his side deserved more, he said: “We are satisfied with the point but I felt we did enough to win the game. I thought we had the better chances especially in the first half. But that’s another point away from home so we’ve got to be happy with that”

Alan Moore was in reflective mood following his sides draw, he commented: “We knew what we were going to get coming into this game and again it was a tight affair. Despite not dominating the game I felt we possibly had the better chances. We didn’t pass the ball as well as we would have liked but thats another game unbeaten.”

Morton: Stewart, O’Ware, Smyth, Graham, Weatherson, Tidser, Di Giacomo (McGeough 63), Bachirou, O’Brien, MacDonald (Hawke 90), Campbell (Fitzharris 85)

Subs not used: Little, McGinlay,

Raith Rovers: McGurn, Donaldson, Dyer, Davidson, Murray, Walker, Williamson, Hammill, Clarke, Baird (Walker 88), Casalinuovo (Smith 74)

Subs not used: Wilson, Ellis, Laidlaw

Referee: Kevin Clancy

Attendence: 1,739

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