FO­CUSED MOR­TON BREEZE PAST BRORA

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football -

MOR­TON last night pro­duced a pro­fes­sional dis­play with just one stut­ter against their spir­ited High­land League hosts to seal their Scot­tish Cup pas­sage at the sec­ond at­tempt. The Cap­pielow side will jour­ney to Perth to take on St John­stone in the fourth round af­ter goals by Reece Lyon, Jim McAl­is­ter and Nicky Cad­den did the dam­age. Brora pro­duced some qual­ity foot­ball too but had only a Colin Wil­liamson re­ply to show for it. Mor­ton man­ager David Hop­kin said: ‘They were a good team but we did a pro­fes­sional job. The main ob­jec­tive was to earn a place in the next round at St John­stone.’ Hav­ing achieved one of the big­gest re­sults in their his­tory in the draw at Cap­pielow, Brora were quickly up against it. In­side eight min­utes, a spec­tac­u­lar Rob­bie Muir­head over­head kick was par­ried by the div­ing home goal­keeper Joe Malin. Just as Brora be­gan to show a little ad­ven­ture, they were caught out af­ter 19 min­utes. As a long ball sailed for­ward, home de­fender Wil­liamson tried to nudge it back to Malin, but did not get enough on the pass­back. Lyon raced on past the out­com­ing keeper to find the empty net. Four min­utes af­ter the break, the Greenock men se­cured the tie. Luca Colville’s an­gled through pass split the home de­fence in two and McAl­is­ter lifted a 12-yard fin­ish past Malin. Then a sweep­ing break­away from the vis­i­tors af­ter 53 min­utes ended with Colville’s pass set­ting up Cad­den for a pow­er­ful blast off Malin’s glove and in. Mor­ton slack­ness at a cor­ner al­lowed Wil­liamson to net a con­so­la­tion from close range for Brora af­ter 65 min­utes.

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