Mired in a tough spell during the 1944/45 season – a number of first team players on active service overseas and therefore unable to play for the team. Here is a report on the defeat at home to Rangers on February 10, 1945:
15th League Trophy match at home, at Cappielow Park, Greenock
Greenock Morton (1) 1 – 4 (2) Rangers
Team: McFeat, Whyte, Fyfe, Aird, Blair, Campbell, Adams, Garth, Crum, Kelly, McInnes.
Morton played towards Port Glasgow in the first half. Weather snowing throughout, except at half-time and towards the end of the match.
A Kelly run and lob onto the top of the Rangers goal-netting is the first incident of note. Three Rangers raids were neatly halted by Blair, before Venters sends a shot just past McFeat’s right post. Whyte’s grounding of Venters lets Symon send a free to Waddell who at a second try gives to Duncanson who homes easily at the low right corner on six minutes. Soon after, Duncanson misses another easy chance, and Morton take advantage of the miss. On twelve minutes, a lob by Aird was just palmed out by Jenkins in the Rangers goal, but only as far as McINNES who confidently raced in to wham the ball home between Gray and Shaw, who were attempting to cover up - Gray’s dive to head away being unsuccessful.
McFeat was then in action against McCormack, stopping two shots, and a nice shot by Kelly was deflected by a defender towards the low left corner, but Rangers’ ‘keeper Jenkins manages to palm away for a corner. Venters then gets possession from Duncanson, and a cross-shot easily beats McFeat to restore the lead for the visitors. Garth goes off after being tackled by Symon, but soon returns to the field. McInnes tries to backheel a Garth try into the net but Rangers’ defender Young was on the line at the right post to clear. Venters then has another shot that flies narrowly past the right post. Numerous injuries and sporadic long shots marked the remainder of the half, with Campbell going close with one shot that was cleared from just under the bar.
HT: Morton 1-2 Rangers
A constructive Waddell pass to Duncanson allowed the latter to break through two Morton defenders, but he was just dispossessed in time by Whyte with a clean two-footed tackle. Gillick then put Waddell through on a neat break, narrowly beating the offside flag, and he homed strongly from a very narrow angle to the right of the Morton goal.
A free kick by Aird near the right corner flag came down on top of the Rangers crossbar and goalkeeper Jenkins commendably pushed it back over the bar to concede only a corner. After the resulting unsuccessful Adams corner, Garth had a nice cross to the goalmouth where Crum was well covered, his header going wide to the right of the Rangers’ goal. Fouls were very frequent with several injuries, and Whyte was sent off late on for persistent fouling, before Duncanson added a fourth goal for Rangers, prodding home from close range just before the final whistle.
Best Morton player: Campbell
Referee: C.R. Blues of Glasgow – youngest ref so far seen and no improvement on the older yins. Had tough assignment.