Morton 3 - 2 Clyde

Morton 3 - Weatherson (29), McAlister (42), Stevenson (pen 57)
Clyde 2 - Masterton (10), Higgins (45)

Att : 3,784

Morton got off to a great start in this season's 1st division campaign with an exciting 3-2 win.

Morton went 1-0 down when Masterton drove a powerful free kick past Lee Robinson in the Morton goal. Needless fouls and defending the resultant set pices seemed to be a big problem for us on Saturday. I'd suggest it's something Jim McInally will have to address on the training ground.

We equalised when Peter Weatherson stooped to glance a header past the Clyde goalkeeper after Kieran McAnespie's inswinging corner. Peter is pictured celebrating (top left - click to enlarge).

Dead ball specialist McAnespie then curled a superb free kick off the underside of the bar and down over the line - everyone I spoke to agreed it was McAnespie's goal. However the referee didn't agree and officially credited the goal to Jim McAlister who followed up and rammed home the rebound. Morton were now 2-1 in front.

The Cumbernauld men levelled the match right on half time. Harding gave away the second of our needless free kicks out on the touchline. The cross was whipped in and Higgins glanced the ball on to score a similar goal to Peter Weatherson's.

The winner came in the 65th minute via a Jamie Stevenson penalty. The ref pointed to the spot after a Clyde player decided to have a wrestle with Jim McAlister in the box. Stevenson confidently stepped up and drilled his penalty low to the keeper's right.

Colin Hendry thought his side had equalised right at the death but the linesman ruled out their goal for offside. Once again a needless freekick was given away around the box, the resulting freekick was whipped in to the Morton area and found its way in to the net. If it was touched on the way in - as the linesman argued it had - it would have been the merest of touches. No one associated with Morton was complaining though and this incident allowed us to enjoy our big day back in the 1st division.

Morton Team

1. Robinson - 7
2. Weatherson - 6
3. Walker - 6
4. Harding - 6
5. Greacen - 7
6. Finlayson - 6
7. Millar - 7
8. Stevenson - 8 (12. Shields, 71 mins)
9. Templeman - 7 (15. Graham, 87 mins)
10. McAnespie - 9 (14. Keenan, 79 mins)
11. McAlister - 7

Unused Subs

16. Coakley [Trialist]
20. McGurn

Booked : Greacen, Millar, Finlayson.

Clyde Team : Hutton, Michael McGowan, Higgins, Potter, McGregor, Smith (MacLennan 68), Masterton, Bradley, Wilson (David McGowan 82), Arbuckle, Imrie. Subs Not Used: A Trialist, McKenna, Traub.

My Man of the Match : Kieran McAnespie
Sponsors Man of the Match : Jamie Stevenson

BBC Match report with audio match report and audio interview with Jim McInally : http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_div_1/6930380.stm

Video of the Golden Lions : http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JKvxkMCJlRw

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