MORTON versus MONTROSE
Scottish Championship Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg
Tuesday 11 April 2021
by Brendan McEleny
Morton and Montrose do it again at Cappielow tonight in the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final to decide who will play either Airdrie or Cove Rangers next week.
The ‘Ton play host this evening knowing what they have to do and that is win on the night after losing the first leg 2-1 at Links Park on Saturday.
Gus MacPherson’s side took the game by the scruff of the neck right from kick-off and went ahead thanks to Gary Oliver’s strike in the first five minutes.
The Gable Endies, however, responded in kind after the break and turned the tie in their favour with second-half strikes from Russell McLean and Graham Webster.
It meant that Stewart Petrie’s men host the ‘Ton tonight with a slender advantage – but one that the Cappielow club will believe they are capable of turning back in their favour with maximum effort
Club captain Sean McGinty still has one game to serve on his suspension so misses tonight’s second leg.
Kalvin Orsi will be sidelined for this evening after the forward sustained an injury during Saturday’s game and as a result was unable to train yesterday.
Morton Milestones and Significant Stats
5 – Aidan Nesbitt is the top goalscorer for the club this term with a total of 5 goals.
30 – The ‘Ton have scored 30 goals in all competitions so far this season.
Defender Kerr Waddell came to Cappielow on a season long loan from Dundee in 2018. The 22-year-old score 2 goals in 28 appearances before he signed for Montrose in July 2019.
Lewis Hawke quickly came through the youth ranks at Cappielow before following his father Warren’s footsteps and making his first team debut in 2012. He scored 2 goals in 8 appearances before taking his craft to Australia until he returned to Scotland in 2018 to sign for Queen’s Park. After having short spells at Queen’s and Stirling Albion, Hawke signed for Montrose in January last year.
Head to Head
25 Feb 2003: Montrose 0-0 Montrose (Scottish Third Division)
22 Mar 2003: Morton 1-0 Montrose (Scottish Third Division)
27 Aug 2013: Morton 4-0 Montrose (Scottish League Cup)
8 May 2021: Montrose 2-1 Morton (Scottish Championship Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg)
Referee: Euan Anderson
Assistant 1: Ross MacLeod
Assistant 2: Stuart Stevenson
Fourth Official: Lloyd Wilson
‘TonTV Streaming Information
Tonight’s game will be available to watch live on ‘TonTV for £12.
Season ticket holders can view the game using the access codes that have been provided to them via e-mail or post.
Once logged onto the shop website, add the match to your basket and use your pass code in the section that says “apply coupon”.
In accordance with SFA guidelines and under advisement from Scottish Police, we respectfully ask that no supporter attempts to access a view of games from the car park adjacent to the stadium. To do so would put the Club in a hazardous position and may prompt action detrimental to the interests of the club.
Morton in the Community Bucket Collection
In conjunction with the Montrose Community, Morton in the Community will be hosting a virtual bucket collection for both legs of the semi-final to showcase and raise funds for the emotive Football Memories programmes.
This initiative uses images, footage and memorabilia to reignite fond memories of former players, teams and matches. These sessions are proven to have a significant impact on all participants but in particular those living with dementia.
Help them continue to provide football memories by donating to their Just Giving page today.
Image: David Bell