Ross County 2-2 Morton

Ross County
2 - Barrowman (23), Boyd (90+5)
Morton 2 - Graham (26), Jenkins (31)

Morton were on the receiving end of a controversial refereeing decision for the second time in two games against Ross County.

With Ton leading 2-1 in injury-time referee Iain Brines is alleged to have told Graeme Holmes there were only five seconds left and earlier told Allan Moore there was one minute left - but played over a minute after that, in which time Scott Boyd headed home a 95th minute equaliser.

I personally thought that Brines looked as if he knew he'd got it wrong and the Tele's excellent photograph (above), which shows Moore berating Brines just after the final whistle, shows, in my opinion, the face of a man who knows he got it wrong.

The visitors had dominated from the first whistle, with David O'Brien flying out of the traps. But they failed to score while they were on top and conceded against the run of play when the criminally unmarked Andrew Barrowman headed home Martin Scott's cross from the right.

However, the Ton demonstrated tremendous character and turned the game on its head in a five-minute spell when Brian Graham pounced on Richard Brittain's shocking back-pass to level. He then turned Gary Miller inside out on the left wing before whipping over a sensational cross for Allan Jenkins to power home minutes later.

County were the better team in the second half but couldn't find a way past the Ton defence until Brines awarded a corner on 94 minutes and 36 seconds.

You can read my full Greenock Telegraph match report and reaction here: Moore: Decision Was Diabolical.

Morton (4-4-2):

1. Colin Stewart - 6
2. Grant Evans - 7
3. David MacGregor - 7
4. Marc Smyth - 5
5. Stuart McCaffrey - 5
6. Michael Tidser - 7
7. Allan Jenkins - 7
8. Darren Young - 6 (15. Graeme Holmes, 75 - 3)
9. Brian Graham - 8 (14. Kevin Kelbie, 76 - 2)
10. Stewart Kean - 6
11. David O'Brien - 8 (12. Carlo Monti, 90+1 - 1)

Subs not used:

16. Fouad Bachirou
20. Kevin Cuthbert

Evans Smyth McCaffrey MacGregor
Jenkins Young Tidser O'Brien
Graham Kean

Ross County (4-2-3-1): McGovern (7); Miller (5), Boyd (7), McCormack (6), Morrison (7); Lawson (6), Vigurs (6) (Corcoran 61, 3); Brittain (5) (Craig 69, 3),Gardyne (6), Scott (6) (Wood 85, 2); Barrowman (7).

Subs not used: Flynn, Malin (gk).

Morton bookings: Tidser (81).

Iain Brines


My man of the match:
Brian Graham

View from the other side:

rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk - match report

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