Morton lost its nine month-long unbeaten away record last night with a 2-1 defeat away to relegation threatened Hamilton Accies.
A first senior career goal from Ziggy Gordon was the difference between the sides at New Douglas Park, where Morton had taken the lead seven minutes into the match through David O’Brien. However Hamilton equalised before half time through Gary Fisher and then got the winner with an hour gone with a fantastic solo goal from left back Ziggy Gordon.
Hamilton made one change from the squad which lost to Falkirk at the weekend in the Scottish Cup with Jonathan Page out through suspension having being red carded against Falkirk, he was replaced by Ziggy Gordon.
The first chance of the game fell to Hamilton with Stevie May unlucky not to score with a speculative volley across the Morton goal on two minutes, however no one from Hamilton was at the back post to slot it in.
Accies were to pay for this miss as four-minutes later Morton took the lead through David O’Brien. The striker found himself with plenty of space in the Hamilton box and he made no mistake in slotting the ball into the far bottom corner from only eight yards out.
The goal prompted Hamilton to go in search of an equaliser and they nearly found one with ten minutes gone. Gary Fisher had a half volley on the edge of the box which went just wide.
Four minutes later it was Stevie May’s turn to have an effort on the Morton goal, this time the Accies striker had a turn and shot 20 yards out which went just over the bar.
With half an hour gone, Stevie May had a free kick from 20 yards out after Fouad Bachirou fouled the striker with a late challenge. May took the free kick and although it curled round the wall it didn’t have the power to beat Gaston who got down low to hold onto the ball.
But Hamilton were not to be denied and they got a much deserved equaliser on 35 minutes through Gary Fisher. A Grant Gillespie corner to the back post was fumbled by Gaston with the goalkeeper dropping the ball on the head off Fisher who nodded the ball home from three yards.
Morton had the perfect opportunity to regain the lead just before half time with a Michael Tidser free kick 30 yards from goal. The Morton talisman whipped in a great ball to the front post where Martin Hardie was to flick the ball towards goal however the winger failed to get enough power on the header and Cuthbert easily saved the effort.
Into the second half and Mikey Devlin passed up a great chance to put Accies in front on 48 minutes. Gary Fisher whipped in a corner towards the back post where Devlin was present to head wide from only a couple of yards.
Next to have an effort on Gaston goal was Louis Longridge who had a speculative shot 20 yards out from goal, however his effort which was fumbled by Gaston was cleared before any Hamilton players could latch onto it.
But the Accies were not to be denied and they took the lead with a spectacular goal from young defender Ziggy Gordon. The Accies left back who has being with the club since he was ten scored his senior goal from 20 yards out when his speculative effort went straight into the top corner with Gaston having no chance to save the shot.
Morton went in search of an equaliser but struggled to create any clear-cut chances on goal. William Dyer was stretchered off with 15 minutes to go with what looked like a bad back injury which left Morton with only ten players on the pitch.
This win for Hamilton provides them with some breathing space between them and the bottom three. Next up is Cowdenbeath away for Hamilton while Morton have Falkirk at home this coming Saturday in the league.
After the game Hamilton manager was delighted with his team’s performance: “We started okay but went a goal down with Morton’s first attack. They cut us open with Tidser’s cracking right foot, we played Grant Gillespie at right full back and he is usually a midfield player and he was caught out in behind and we were one down. That was probably the last thing we needed after the defeat on Saturday but the players are showing a right hunger at the moment and real enthusiasm and of course we got the goal back which was a wee bit fortuitous in terms of how it came about. But you have to take your luck when you get it. I thought we deserved that and we deserved the win.”
Morton manager Allan Moore was less happy with his sides performance as they lost their unbeaten away record: “We didn’t start playing until we went down to ten men. We got off to a great start but then we just sat back and made too many long balls without being able to support the strikers. The conditions of the pitch were not great but Hamilton had more desire than us which disappointed me more than anything. I know they are struggling to get away from the relegation zone but we are trying to win a championship, that’s what really disappointed me.”
Hamilton Academical: Kevin Cuthbert, Ziggy Gordon, Grant Gillespie, Martin Canning, Mikey Devlin, Jon Routledge, Darian Mackinnon (Andy Ryan), Gary Fisher, Stevie May, Alex Neil, Louis Longridge.
Subs not used: Scott Christie, Stephen Hendrie, Lee Kilday, Gary Fraser.
Greenock Morton: Derek Gaston, Scott Taggart, William Dyer, Fouad Bachirou, Kevin Eutkiewicz, Tom O’Ware, David Graham (Kyle Wilkie), Michael Tidser, Colin McMenamin (Archie Campbell), Martin Hardie (Peter Weatherson), David O’Brien.
Subs not used: David Hutton, Jordan Halsman.
Referee: Kevin Clancy
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