NEWS

Falkirk were held to a draw as they battled the elements against Morton

Rain and sleet battered the players and pitch throughout this tightly fought Scottish Championship encounter. The first half was one of few chances, with both teams desperate not to lose the vital first goal as well as fighting the conditions. The only chances to speak of came from corners from the visitors, but they didn’t come to anything that troubled David Mitchell’s goal.

The second half saw The Bairns start at a much higher tempo, beginning with a Petravicius shot that almost took the Morton goalkeeper by surprise, before a series of set pieces that eventually came to nothing. The Bairns continued to pile on the pressure throughout the opening of the half, and only a couple of heroic blocks could keep Petravicius from scoring, after he cut inside and drove one towards goal, and then Paton, as his drive from the edge of the box was deflected skywards.

As the game drew to a close neither side could particularly dominate as they desperately searched for the result that they wanted. Paul Paton had the best chance of the match, his header from the middle of the box after a deep cross from Robson was inches wide of Gaston’s right post. He had another chance only a few moments later; The Bairns raced up the pitch and the ball fell to Paton outside the box, but the keeper was able to keep it out.  The visitors were almost able to clinch the 3 points five minutes from the end before a superb double save from David Mitchell kept them out and ensured the game finished goalless.

FULL TIME – Falkirk 0-0 Greenock Morton

FALKIRK – Mitchell, Kidd, McGhee, Muirhead, Paton, Petravicius, Sammut, Robson, Buaben, Brough, Rudden

Subs: Fasan, Dallison, Lewis, Harrison, Haber, Irving, Russell

GREENOCK MORTON – Gaston, Kilday, Buchanan, Telfer, Millar, McAllister, Thomson, McHugh, Tidser, Tumilty, McKeown

Subs: Waddell, Tiffoney, MacLean, Bell, Armour, Scully, Lyon

Referee: Gavin Ross

Attendance: 3775