Queen’s Park recorded a remarkable upset in the Irn Bru Cup as they knocked out a below par Greenock Morton side.
The Spiders produced an excellent team performance where skill, determination, energy and ruthlessness were on show. This was in front of a lively home crowd. An Adam Cummins header and David Galt’s wonder strike from distance secured their place in the next round of the competition.
For the first 15 minutes of the game neither side were in control. However four minutes later, Gus McPherson’s side were given a major let off when keeper Andy Murphy miss hit his clearance with Gary Oliver gaining possession of the ball but he was too slow in pulling the trigger so Cummins and Scott Gibson came back to close you down. The ball came back to Murphy who was thankful for being able to regain the ball.
Queen’s created the first clear-cut chance of the match as Darren Miller’s in swinging corner was headed narrowly wide by Aiden Malone. Meanwhile Morton was failing to get in behind their opposition’s tough defence.
The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half time for the hosts when Miller sent a tremendous free kick into a packed penalty area and Cummins bulleted a header into the net. The home supporters celebrated wildly.
Just after the break, David Galt netted an unbelievable goal. When he won the ball in the middle of the park, battled past the defence and then from 25 yards unleashed a powerful left-foot shot that flew into the net with keeper Andrew McNeil having no chance. Morton looked on with faces filled with shock.
The away side needed to change things with Caolan McAleer and Scott Tiffoney coming off to be replaced by Jon Scullion and Jai Quitongo who the club reported to have rejected a transfer deadline bid by English League Two outfit Doncaster Rovers for their star player. He came close soon after with his header going narrowly wide which was his first touch.
However he failed to make an impact that could keep them in the cup. Queen’s Park ended the game strongly.