Team Pd GD Pt
1 Inverness CT 10 8 23
2 Kilmarnock 10 6 20
3 Raith Rovers 10 5 18
4 Partick Thistle 10 9 16
5 Arbroath 10 9 16
6 Ayr United 10 -4 12
7 Queen of the South 10 -4 10
8 Hamilton Academical 10 -13 8
9 Greenock Morton 10 -7 7
10 Dunfermline 10 -9 6
Updated: 23rd Oct
Saturday September 18th 2021

Greenock Morton 0 – 1 Raith Rovers

Raith On Rise After Cappielow Win

Yet another clean sheet, Raith Rovers seventh in 11 competitive outings this term, enabled Rovers to take all three points at Cappielow this afternoon, with Dario Zanatta’s first half strike all that separated the sides. 

Both teams missed chances in what was an open game, but a superb rearguard action from Raith, particularly in the final 10 minutes, frustrated the hosts as Morton desperately went in search of an equaliser. 

John McGlynn made one change from last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Queen of the South, with Blaise Riley-Snow returning from suspension and taking the place of Kai Fotheringham, who returned to the bench. 

As for Morton’s team-sheet, there may have been some sighs of relief that ex-Rover, Gozie Ugwu, who is enjoying a fine season for the Ton missed out through injury, with recent loan signing from Livingston, Gavin Reilly leading the line. 

Rovers were the first team to threaten in the opening minute, when Dario Zanatta’s run to the bye line eventually ended with the ball being played into the box, but the hosts were able to clear the danger with Raith having plenty of bodies in the penalty area. 

It was arguably the only threatening passage of play in the opening skirmishes, which were reasonably scrappy, albeit Rovers were the side who were enjoying the bulk of possession. 

Gus MacPherson’s side had their first sight at goal in the 15th minute, when Tom Allan decided he fancied his chances from a direct free-kick around 25-yards from goal, and while his effort had pace, it just lacked a bit of accuracy and whizzed a yard wide of Jamie MacDonald’s right-hand post. 

It was the only shot at goal of the game’s opening quarter, with both sides struggling to get going, with Rovers passint style breaking down in the middle of the park all too often. 

Morton were just starting to stamp their mark on proceedings, and Allan again had a blast at goal from 20-yards, but once again his effort was wide of the target. 

The home team were starting to sense the game was there for the taking, and Darren Hynes was next to try his luck from distance, but this time the shot just flew over the bar, although MacDonald may have had things covered. 

Rovers were too often making things hard for themselves by giving away possession sloppily in midfield, and that almost brought about the opener in the 28th minute, when space opened up for Reilly, but once again, a Morton effort from 20 plus yards was just off target. 

Considering how the first half-hour had played out, there must have been huge frustration from those of a Morton persuasion, when they found themselves a goal down in the 33rd minute. 

Ethon Varian did well to hold the ball up and cleverly play the ball into the path of Zanatta, and after making his way in from the left and teeing himself up, he sent a fine 20-yard effort past Jack Hamilton to give Rovers the advantage. 

The goal gave John McGlynn’s some added impetus, and suddenly they looked more composed on the ball, although Christophe Berra had to look alert inside his own penalty area, when the ball just seemed to be bouncing kindly for Reilly to finish, but Berra did well to deny the forward. 

The former Queen of the South striker had been Morton’s biggest danger in the first period, and MacDonald had to backpedal in the closing stages of the first half when Reilly’s deflected effort looped over the ‘keeper, as Rovers went into the interval with the slenderest of leads. 

It was a lead that was almost wiped out within a minute of the restart, when Robbie Muirhead got the wrong side of Riley-Snow, and with Berra unsure to stick or twist, the path to goal opened up for the forward, but MacDonald got down well to push away his effort from 15-yards. 

There was more concern in the 49th minute, when Liam Dick’s pass infield went straight to Reilly, but his route to goal, which initially looked clear, was eventually blocked by Kyle Benedictus. 

Rovers were living very, very dangerously, and Lewis Strapp teed up Reilly in the 55th minute, but between them, Riley-Snow and Reghan Tumilty did enough to block his effort. 

Rovers had struggled to get going since the interval, but like the first half, they almost grabbed a goal regardless, when Zanatta made a beeline for goal from the right, but after dinking the ball over the onrushing Hamilton, he was unable to apply the finishing touch, as Morton just managed to scramble the ball away. 

They could have doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute, after an intricate passing move involving 4 or 5 players, ended with interplay between Spencer and Ross Matthews, which allowed the latter a shot at goal from eight yards, but it was straight at Hamilton, and another good chance was spurned. 

Raith were now enjoying their best spell of the game, with Tumilty getting forward well down the right, and although his cross found Matthews, his side foot volley was never threatening the Morton net. 

If Morton had been worried about missing chances earlier in the game, Rovers were now going through the same process, with Spencer the next player to send an opportunity over the bar, after some excellent set up play from Zanatta. 

Morton were going direct in the game’s closing stages, but Rovers were dealing with it well, and should have put the game to bed in the 83rd minute. 

Substitute, Kai Fotheringham picked up on a loose ball and ran to the edge of the penalty area, before playing in Zanatta. Considering his form, you were waiting on the net to bulge, but he failed to get the ball out from his feet and eventually stabbed it wide. 

As you’d expect, Morton threw everyone into the penalty box in the closing few minutes, including their goalkeeper for a couple of set pieces, but the Rovers defence, and in particular Berra and Benedictus, who between them, must have won (approximately) a few hundred headers across the piece, stood firm for a fine three points. 

The win sees Rovers rise to fifth in the table, just two points behind fourth placed Partick Thistle, who they face next Sunday at Stark’s Park. 

The switch to the Sunday is due to Rovers playing at Celtic Park on Thursday evening, in what will be the first time Rovers have played in the quarter-finals of the League Cup since winning it in 1994. 


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Welcome to today's game Morton v Raith. One change to Raith back comes Riley-Snow thus placing Fotheringham on the bench
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Raith get the game underway
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Tait tries to the get the ball to Varian in the box but the latter is being well covered
2
First corner to Raith
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From the corner ball comes in low to the front post and Morton clear
6
Morton's long free kick falls comfortably into the hands of MacDonald
7
Good play between Tait, Spencer and Tumilty. Play ends with the latter winning a corner for Raith
10
Morton try to play the ball through but Benedictus reads well and intercepts
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Spencer lays the ball well on to Zanatta. Zanatta tries to return back the pass but Morton get a toe to it
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Free kick Raith after Spencer is fouled near half way line
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Strapp lifts the ball into the Raith box but Berra jumps up to head clear
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Morton free kick approx 25 yards out
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Allan's effort get up over the wall but it's wide of goal
17
Morton free kick just in Raith half after Berra fouls
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Good play from Raith that started from Riley-Snow and ends with Dick placing the ball into the Morton box but Zanatta is well guarded and can't connect
19
Good defensive play between Benedictus and Tumilty
20
Morton play the ball through to Allan but MacDonald comes charging out to smother the ball
22
Foul in Benedictus by Reilly but Ref doesn't see it
23
Matthews with a weak shot but it takes a deflection. Raith corner
25
Hynes with a powerful shot that is just over the Raith bar
27
Strapp plays on to Reilly who takes a low shot, ball is just wide of Raith goal
29
Matthews lifts the ball up into the Morton box. Varian is there but isn't able to make a connection
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30 min in Morton 0 Raith 0. Raith just edging on possession and aren't converting but Morton are pressing
32
Hynes gets the ball into the Raith box but Reilly is challenged as he jumps up to head and ball goes well over the bar
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GGGOOOAAAAL RAITH
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ZANATTA has the ball just in the box he takes a look up and has a pop and scores
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Lithgow with a long throw into the Raith box, Raith head clear and Tumilty thumps the ball up and out the park.
39
Morton switch play to an on running Allan... Dick is at full steam to cover and does well, goal kick
40
Reilly tries for a shot but Berra is there to block but is fouled in the process
40
Varian is booked
42
Mortin corner after Reilly's shot is deflected
43
Raith appeal for a handball in their box after a Morton shot, ref gives it, free kick Raith
45
Ref blows for half time Raith 1 (Zanatta 33') Morton 0 ... Raith playing well and edging possession but Morton still a threat
45
Morton get the second half underway. Raith shooting towards the away end this half
46
MacDonald saves well after a Muirhead shot
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MacDonald with a good goal kick as the ball gets right up the park forcing Strapp to head the ball out
49
Dick with an error pass across to Benedictus as Morton pounce on the ball before it gets there.
49
Strapp heads just past the Raith goal
51
Zanatta picks up a loose ball, he charges forward, possibly his heals are clipped as he falls to the ground approx 25 yards out but ref waves play on
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Morton corner
52
From the corner ball falls into the Raith box. It is eventually cleared by Raith
55
Raith block a Reilly effort
58
Zanatta is through on goal, he tries to go round the keeper but looses possession
60
Free kick Morton as Varian fouls
61
Dick covers well to head clear in the Raith box
62
MacDonald leaps and holds well after a Morton freekick is placed in the box
63
Good play between Varian, Spencer, Zanatta and Tait with the latter finishing off trying for a shot but goes to the hands of Hamilton
65
Play halted as Benedictus receives a knock....he is back on his feet
66
Zanatta flicks on to Matthews but he is intercepted as he charges forward
70
Spencer switches play to Zanatta. Zanatta does well to plough forward holding on to the ball, he cuts the ball back to Spencer who blasts over the bar
72
Riley-Snow switches play to Zanatta but he is well marked and loses possession
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Morton make a double substitution off go Reilly and Allan and on come Oliver and Garrity
75
Raith sub off Spencer and bring on Connolly
79
Raith sub off Varian (who seems to have taken a knock) and bring in Fotheringham
80
Free kick Raith as Matthews is pulled to the ground
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Morton sub off Muirhead and bring in Knowleds
82
Raith sub off Tait and bring on Lang
83
Zanatta takes a weak shot which doesn't trouble Hamilton
85
Zanatta with he ball charges towards goal but he is muscled off and loses possession
87
Morton corner as they put on the pressure
88
From the corner ball falls deep in Raith box, they clear Strapp takes a pop but ball is wide
89
Freekick Raith after a foul on Berra
92
Morton still applying the pressure
93
Morton free kick deep in Raith half
93
MacDonald makes an excellent save to deny Morton
95
Morton corner
95
Ball falls deep into Raith box and they head well over the bar
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Ref blows for full time Morton 0 Raith 1 (Zanatta 33'). Raith hold on to late pressure to take three points. Next game is league Cup against Celtic
Morton: Hamilton, Strapp, McLean, McEntee, Muirhead, Lyon, Reilly, Hynes, Oksanen, Allan, Lithgow

Subs: Wylie, Oliver, Knowleds, Russell, McGratton, Garrity, Easdale

Raith: MacDonald, Tumilty, Dick, Berra, Benedictus, Matthews, Zanatta, Spencer, Tait, Varian, Riley-Snow

Subs: Thomson, Connolly, Keatings, Lang, McKay, Fotheringham, Mitchell

John McGlynn talked to RaithTV after the win at Cappielow.

Raith Rovers head to Greenock this weekend, to take on a Morton side who, like the visitors, are looking to return to winning ways.

While Rovers were losing 1-0 to Queen of the South last Saturday, Gus MacPherson’s men were going down by the same scoreline to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, their third successive league defeat.

Those results kept the two sides locked together on four points, with Raith sixth and Morton eighth in the Championship table.

Raith will be hoping they can reproduce the same run of results as they did last season against the Cappielow side, with a 100% record across the three fixtures.

The first meeting at Stark’s Park was the most straightforward, with the home side putting in one of their best performances of the season, with goals from Daniel Armstrong, Frankie Musonda, Fernandy Mendy and a brace from Ross Matthews sealing a 5-0 win.

It was tighter affairs in the other two meetings however, with a goal from Iain Davidson enough to see Rovers take all three points at Greenock in February, and it was the same result back at Kirkcaldy in March, thanks to a late goal from Jamie Gullan.

Rovers have the upper hand in this fixture, with seven wins and three defeats from the last 10 meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Colin Steven.

Head-To-Head Away League Record:

Morton Wins: 34

Raith Rovers Wins: 17

Draws: 12

Morton Goals: 115

Raith Rovers Goals: 59

Current Form:

Morton: D-W-L-L-W-L

Raith Rovers: D-L-W-W-W-L

Top Scorers:

Morton: Robbie Muirhead 3, Gozie Ugwu 1

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 4, Dario Zanatta 4

Match Odds:

Morton: 19/10

Raith Rovers: 6/5

Draw: 12/5