MORTON beat rock-bottom St Mirren 3-1 in the Championship at Cappielow last night – to end a SEVENTEEN-YEAR wait to win against their Renfrewshire rivals.
The last time the Greenock outfit celebrated a competitive victory over the Paisley side was in April 1999, when Kevin Thomas hit a hat-trick at Love Street.
Last season, Jim Duffy’s men lost two and drew two of their league encounters against the Buddies, but they turned the tables on this occasion.
The victory was Morton’s fourth successive Championship win and sent them into the promotion play-off places.
Thomas O’Ware, Ross Forbes and Gary Oliver were the marksmen for the hosts on a memorable evening. They opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Forbes’ free-kick from was headed in by O’Ware.
Forbes doubled the advantage in the 27th minute when he collected a reverse pass from Oliver and fired a shot beyond the helpless Jamie Langfield.
Forbes returned the favour after 69 minutes, laying the ball into the path of Oliver before the Morton striker clipped a shot high into the net.
Ben Gordon scored a late consolation for Saints with a header, but new boss Jack Ross, who took over from the sacked Alex Rae recently, has much work to do to steady the Paisley ship.