Morton ease to victory against poor Arbroath

Last updated : 07 November 2004 By Simon

Arbroath lined up with Inglis in goal, a back 5 of Flyer, Bishop, McLeod, Rennie and Donaldson, a midfield 3 of Henslee, McDonald and Cusick with Swankie and McLean up front.

Arbroath actually starting reasonably well, and looked like a football team, but it didn't last long. The first half was a pretty even affair, with half chances for both teams. In the first 15-20 minutes, Arbroath were the stronger team. Some half chances were created, most of which were from crosses into the middle. Euan Donaldson had the only real chance of the match for Arbroath, a good free kick curled at the top corner from 25 yards out, which was met with a good save.

The rest of the 1st half (and the game) was Morton's. No real clear cut chances were created, but the possession and movement of Morton was far better than Arbroath. When Half Time came, it was fair that the teams went in level.

The 2nd Half was a complete shambles. From the start, Morton completely over ran the Lichties. Four minutes into the 2nd half Morton got their 1st. A weak shot from Peter Weatherson through the crowded goal mouth bounced past Neil Inglis in the Arbroath goal. 13 minutes last it was 2-0. A good run and shot by Paul Walker could only be deflected onto Steven Rennie by Inglis, and it went in for an own goal, and a 2 goal lead for Ton. The 3rd and final goal came in the 71st minute. A weak cross from the left hand side bobbled towards Neil Inglis. With no Morton player within 5 yards, it looked a normal, simple pick up off the ball. Somehow though, the ball rolled under the keeper and it was 3-0, an awful piece of goalkeeping.

The rest of the half was awful. Arbroath couldn't string 2 passes together, and looked a completely different side to the team that played against Stirling and Dumbarton not so long ago. A very dissapointing afternoon.