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  1. Away Day Guide – Queen of the South (23rd October) Photo - Heavens Above (YouTube) Tickets Traveling fans can purchase their tickets at Palmerston Park right up until kick-off. The pricing structure is Adults - £18; Concessions (OAPs, Students and 16-21 year olds) - £10 and U16s - £5. The match will also be streamed live on PPV by Queen of the South for those that can’t make it to Palmerston Park. PPV access can be purchased here. Supporters Buses The Gourock Morton Supporters are gauging interest for a bus leaving from Monteiths. The cost is will be confirmed on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Mark on 07847847357 to book a space. The Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club are gauging interest in a bus leaving from The Sutherland Bar at 12 noon. Visit their Facebook page or contact Bryan on 07969760291 ASAP to enquire about the bus. The Morton Supporters Club Travel Section bus for QoS leaves at 12 noon from the club on Regent Street. Contact David on 07719548046 to book. By Train There are three services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock at :08, :38 and :54 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. There is a direct service from Glasgow Central to Dumfries on the Glasgow to Carlisle line operated by ScotRail. The 10:13 Glasgow to Carlisle train arrives in Dumfries at 11:57. Post-match, the 18:35 service from Dumfries arrives in Glasgow at 20:35. An off-peak day return for the train costs £20.30. All information taken from the ScotRail website. By Car Come off the M74 at J15 (Moffat) and follow the A701 to Dumfries, then onto the A75 Dumfries Bypass. Use the postcode DG29BE for the stadium. There is plenty of street parking around the stadium. Pre-Match If traveling by train, the Waverly Bar (48 Lovers' Walk, Dumfries DG1 1LX) is at the top of the hill from the train station, around a two-minute walk from the platform is a mile from the stadium. The Palmerston Lounge Bar is located inside the main stand of the stadium and serves alcohol until kick off. Photo - Trip Advisor
  2. Photo - GBR Photographs. Morton beat Falkirk 4-2 on Sunday at The Falkirk Stadium thanks to goals from Laura Darroch, Alesha Hope, Lyndsey Murdoch and an own goal. Here's how the SWF Championship table looks after this weekend's results - Morton have no match this week, but take on United Glasgow at Parklea on Sunday 31st October with a 2pm kick off.
  3. Craig & Ewan discuss Morton's defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, look ahead to Saturday's trip to Palmerston and discuss Gus MacPherson's future (again).
  4. Craig & Ewan discuss Morton's defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, look ahead to Saturday's trip to Palmerston and discuss Gus MacPherson's future (again).
  5. Ahead of tomorrow's match, Dean spoke to Andrew Moffat on The Wyness Shuffle podcast, discussing Morton's season so far and his thoughts on facing Inverness. You can listen below, with Dean's interview beginning on 54 minutes.
  6. Ahead of tomorrow's match, Dean spoke to Andrew Moffat on The Wyness Shuffle podcast, discussing Morton's season so far and his thoughts on facing Inverness. You can listen below, with Dean's interview beginning on 54 minutes.
  7. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. Their app launches on 1st September, make sure you check it out!
  8. Inverness CT vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. Gus MacPherson will head up the A9 on Saturday attempting to win a league match for The Ton at the seventh time of asking. Despite a much-improved result and performance in their last league outing against Arbroath, Morton again struggled to breakdown Montrose in last weekend’s SPFL Trust Trophy tie, requiring spot kicks to set up their Quarter Final clash with Queen of the South at Palmerston. In the final game of the first quarter of the season, The Ton sit ninth in the table, with only one win to their name, a ‘smash and grab’ 1-0 victory away to Championship newcomers Hamilton. Gus MacPherson will hope his side can repeat the score line of the Sinclair Street side’s last visit to the Caledonian Stadium. Squad Update Loanees Jaakko Oksanen and Oisin McEntee will return to the fold having spent the international period with Finland U21s and Ireland U21s respectively. Oksanen featured as an 88th minute sub in Finland’s second match against Austria, and was an unused sub in their first match against Azerbaijan. McEntee did not feature in either of Ireland’s matches. Photo - GBR Photographs. Morton will again head into Saturday’s match with only one senior goalkeeper, with young keeper Chris Wylie leaving the club a fortnight ago, and no replacement signed to date. Current Connections Nobody in the current Morton squad has ever plied their trade in Inverness. The Caley Jags do have someone in their ranks with somewhat of a link to Cappielow. Right sided defender Wallace Duffy joined Morton on loan from parent club St Johnstone in September last year, only for the loan to be terminated a few days later due to ‘non footballing reasons’. He was subsequently released from the Perth side and signed for Inverness on a two-year deal. Former Ross County stalwart Michael Gardyne spent the first half of the 2007/08 season at Cappielow. Having brought the youngster in, Jim McInally struggled to give Gardyne a consistent run of games in one position, and as a result, the winger struggled to force his way into the first team squad consistently. Having made ten league appearances for the club, he then joined Second Division Ross County, in his first of three spells with the Staggies. Tale of the Tape Morton and Inverness shared the spoils last season – with both sides winning one of the three ties. The first encounter in January, was a pulsating affair in which Morton fought back from a goal and a man deficit to claim a point. Sean McGinty’s close range volley gave the home side the lead in the third minute, however the away side replied immediately after the restart through Shane Sutherland. Daniel MacKay then gave Inverness the lead on the 15th minute, before Rabin Omar’s second yellow card for persistent fouling in the 28th minute left the home side in the lurch. Cammy Blue’s burst forward into the box, tucking home Gary Oliver’s excellent cross to gain a somewhat unexpected point for the home side. In March, Morton travelled up the A9 with a sense of pessimism, having went nine league matches without a win. Interim boss Anton McElhone’s side defended resolutely and absorbed a lot of pressure in the first period. The Ton grew into the game in the second half, with Luca Colville feeding the ball to the right-hand side to Aiden Nesbitt. Nesbitt cut inside onto his left foot and fired a crisp finish into the far corner of the net. Despite the jubilant celebrations of the squad and McElhone at full-time, it transpired that the Morton board spent the evening interviewing for McElhone’s replacement, with Gus MacPherson being appointed the next day. Inverness blew Morton away in the third meeting of the sides last term. Scott Allardice gave the away side the lead with a thumping finish before Nikolay Todorov doubled the Caley Jags’ lead less than two minutes later. Despite Robbie Muirhead pulling a goal back on the hour mark, another outstanding finish from Todorov and a late goal from Daniel MacKay sealed an emphatic win for the Highland side. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis Inverness have scored the fourth highest number of goals this term, with ten Championship goals to their name. Highland veterans Michael Gardyne and Shane Sutherland have been the creative force for the Caley Jags this term. Gardyne has three league goals this season, while Sutherland has two assists. Inverness look particularly solid this term, having conceded only four league goals, sharing the best defensive record in the division alongside Kilmarnock. Inverness have a robust defensive style, having committed the second highest number of fouls in the division with 93 (11.63 per 90 minutes). Former Hearts goalkeeper Mark Rigers has recorded five clean sheets so far this term. I spoke to Andrew Young (@alsy73), from The Wyness Shuffle podcast, ahead of the game. Andrew spoke positively of Billy Dodd’s recruitment this season – “Despite a fifth place in the Championship last season and a new manager in his first permanent managerial job, before this season started all of us on The Wyness Shuffle felt pretty confident that Billy Dodds had built an Inverness squad capable of competing at the top end of the table. He added experience, in Michael Gardyne, Kirk Broadfoot and Billy Mckay, and targeted specialists for positions where we’d grown used to seeing squad players slotted in. As a result, the squad looked better balanced, with better strength in depth, than in any of the previous four seasons. Nevertheless, questions remained – could Kirk Broadfoot still do a job at Championship level, or was he glue-factory fodder, as every Killie supporter claimed? Would Billy Dodds be able to make the step up and immediately put his stamp on the team, or would he be exposed as the half-witted man-child all Dundee supporters are desperate to characterise him as? – and a couple of horribly inept performances against Stirling Albion and Cove in the League Cup group stages did a lot to temper the pre-season optimism. It’s fair to say that starting the league season with five straight wins probably exceeded almost every Caley Thistle supporter’s expectations. As results suggest, the team’s early-season success has been built on the foundation of a strong defence. Mark Ridgers has been Inverness’s most consistent performer for the past three and a half years, and has started the season in outstanding form; Danny Devine, who by the end of last season had developed into a dependable centre half, seems to have improved further with Broadfoot as his partner, and Broadfoot’s all-round influence has been significant, not just defensively but also in his willingness to carry the ball forward. This is also a strength of David Carson, signed as a midfielder but now established as our first choice right back, whose combative nature must make him a nightmare to play against. Another key player in the Caley Thistle team is Scott Allardice, who was largely unknown to our supporters when he signed from Bohemians at the start of last season, but has since become the busy mainstay of the central midfield, harrying opponents and breaking up play, but also capable of taking and carrying or recycling the ball. In attacking areas, the team probably hasn’t fully clicked yet, although there has been enough endeavour and individual ability to squeeze out wins in most games. Shane Sutherland, playing just off main striker Manny Duku, has probably exceeded most expectations with the quality of his linking play; Roddy McGregor, an attacking midfielder, has greater potential than anyone else in the squad, but, despite a superb performance against Kilmarnock, isn’t yet at the stage where he is regularly influencing whole matches; in the wide areas, Tom Walsh tends to play in fits and starts, providing flashes of inspiration and threat before falling out of games for long periods, but Gardyne rarely wastes a ball and is fast becoming our most reliable creative outlet. Finally, and contrary to what we were led to expect by Raith Rovers supporters, Duku has worked his socks off in every game, but hasn’t yet shown himself to be the finisher that a serious title-challenging team needs. In the last three league games, the inevitable dip in results has come, with a goalless draw against Dunfermline and defeat to 10-man Hamilton Accies sandwiching a narrow home win against Queen of the South. A factor in the loss at Hamilton was disruption to the defence: with Devine and Carson both absent, Robbie Deas had to move from left back to the centre, and the full back areas were occupied by Wallace Duffy and Cameron Harper, less experienced players less capable of dominating opponents. Undoubtedly, however, the biggest problem, as identified by Billy Dodds in his post-match interview, was failure to create enough clear chances and to convert those we did make, and the same could be said of the draw at East End Park. For Morton’s visit, therefore, it seems likely that Duku will make way for Billy Mckay, fresh from scoring a hat-trick against Elgin in the Challenge Cup and presumably eager to make his mark in the league having been given very few opportunities so far. Dodds also has options in wide areas, with Aaron Doran and Anthony McDonald potential replacements for Walsh, but above all, he will be desperate to see his first-choice back four restored to the park. On paper, it probably looks like Caley Thistle should be firm favourites for this, but with Morton apparently having been competitive in almost every game, a close match looks likely.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All match odds are provided by our sponsors – McBookie. All odds correct as of 6am on 14th October 2021 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The home side head into Saturday’s match as clear favourites, marked at 4/7 to come out victorious. Inverness are 3/1 to win with BTTS and 29/20 to win while maintaining their excellent defensive record. The Caley Jags to win with a -1 handicap chalks up at 19/10. Gus MacPherson’s side are ranked at 4/1 to leave the Highlands with their first league win in seven outings. Morton price at 9/1 to win with BTTS and a repeat of Morton’s last victory at Inverness would be priced at 7/1. If you fancy the away side to win comfortably you can back Morton on a -1 handicap at 12/1. Match Officials Referee - Mike Roncone. AR1 - Daniel McFarlane. AR2 - John Stewart.
  9. Away Day Guide – Inverness (16th October) Photo - ICT Website Tickets Tickets now available from ictfc.tickethour.co.uk and from the Club Shop on matchday. Prices are as follows – Adult £20; Concessions (OAPs, Students) - £15; U18s - £6. The Match will be live streamed on ICTV for £15 and is available now from www.ictfc.tv. Supporters Buses The Gourock Morton Supporters bus will leave from Monteiths at 9.30am. The cost is will be confirmed on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Mark on 07847847357 to book a space. The Port Glasgow Travel Club are NOT running. By Train There are three services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock at :08, :38 and :54 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. Travel to Glasgow Central and transfer to Glasgow Queen Street. Inverness has a direct service from Glasgow Queen Street, but there is also the option to travel from Queen Street to Perth and change onto an Edinburgh-Inverness service. The 10:07 from Queen Street is the easiest option, arriving in Inverness at 13:25. The station is around a 20-25 minute walk from the stadium, supporters are advised to you use the designated walking route through the Industrial Estate which is signposted from Longman Road and avoids crossing the A9 trunk road. For returning back to Glasgow, 17:27 (direct, arriving at 20:48) or 18:50 (changing at Perth, arriving at 22:21) are the two recommended services. All information taken from the Scotrail website. By Car Use the M8/M80/A90 towards Perth. From Perth head north on the A9 until you reach Inverness. At the Longman Roundabout before the Kessock Bridge, take the right lane as you approach the traffic lights. Then take third exit and carry on along Stadium Road until you come to the Stadium and away car park. Be prepared for delays on the A9 due to ongoing roadworks and traffic. The approach to the Kessock Bridge can also be busy at peak times. Pre-Match Photo - Digital Travel Guide The ICT Social Club (28 Greig St, Inverness IV3 5PX) welcomes away fans and is around a 15 walk from the train station. They also offer a bus service to/from the stadium on matchdays. The stadium has a bar that welcomes away fans, where alcohol is served until 2.45pm and then again at 5pm. Photo - Inverness Courier
  10. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. Their app launches on 1st September, make sure you check it out! Here is the full draw for the SPFL Trust Trophy Cup. We will face either Queen of the South or Partick Thistle should we progress.
  11. Montrose vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. There is an old football adage that prophesises cup competitions can be a welcome distraction from league duty. Gus MacPherson will hope that adage proves correct on Saturday, with Morton traveling north to take on Montrose in the SPFL Trust Trophy on Saturday. Despite a much-improved performance against Arbroath last Saturday, in which a dubious penalty award robbed The Ton of all three points, the Sinclair Street side are without a win in five matches. The Cowshed faithful will hope that claiming a place in the SPFL Trust Trophy quarter-finals, where The Ton would face either Queen of the South or Partick Thistle. Gus MacPherson will hope a positive result in Angus can kickstart The Ton’s stuttering league campaign. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Availability Morton will be without popular loanees Oisin McEntee and Jaakko Oksanen, who have been called up to the Ireland U21s and Finland U21s squads respectively. The away side will also be without a second choice goalkeeper, as it was announced this week that young shotstopper Chris Wylie has departed the club to pursue a career out with football. Current Connections Nobody in the current Morton squad has ever plied their tried for Montrose. Gable Endies defender Kerr Waddell spent a season on loan in Greenock from parent club Dundee in 2018/19. Having spent part of the 2016/17 season on loan at Clyde, Waddell found himself on the fringes of the Dundee first team, making sixteen league appearances for The Dee. It was therefore somewhat surprising that Waddell was allowed to join The Ton on loan for their 2018/19 campaign. Debuting for Morton in a 3-1 League Cup defeat to Ayr United, Waddell quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite in Greenock. The defender, who showed capabilities carrying and distributing the ball, was a mainstay in Jonatan Johansson’s side until a knee injury cut his season short. Waddell’s finest hour in a Morton jersey came on the first fixture of 2019, with his thumping close-range finish from a corner giving Morton a 1-0 victory over Ross County. After Waddell’s loan deal expired, he was released by Dundee, with Waddell claiming that he found out this information out via Twitter. He then struggled to find a club due to his ongoing injury. He joined Montrose that summer, where he has failed to sustain a regular place in the team owing to his ongoing recovery. Waddell appeared in both legs of the play-off semi-final against Morton last season. Tale of the Tape Morton and Montrose will be familiar with each other, having squared off in the semi-final of the Championship play-off at the tail end of last season. Montrose came out on top of the first leg. Despite Gary Oliver opening the scoring for the away side after five minutes with an angled drive, Russell McLean equalised for the home side before Graham Webster gave his side the initiative heading down to Cappielow for the second leg. Morton pegged back their Angus counterparts early in the second leg, with Gary Oliver once again finding the net for the Greenock side. Cammy Salkeld put the home side ahead after twenty minutes before Russell McLean used his physicality to hammer home and restore parity on the thirty-fifth minute. The match finished 3-3 on aggregate and headed to extra time. After thirty tightly contested minutes, Craig McGuffie’s cross-come-shot floated over Montrose goalkeeper Allan Fleming and into the far corner to spark joyous celebrations for the home side. The last cup meeting between the sides was in the Second Round of the League Cup in Morton’s ill-fated 2013/14 season. The match finished 4-0 to home side, with second-half goals from Kabba Modou-Cham, Marc Fitzpatrick, Reece Hands and Aiden Fulton securing the win for Allan Moore’s side. The last time the teams shared a division was in Morton’s triumphant 2002/03 season. Morton claimed ten points of an available twelve against their Angus counterparts, with a 5-2 away win being matched with a 4-2 home win in the first half of the season. The two sides were held to a stalemate at Links Park in February before Morton claimed a 1-0 win in the last meeting of the season en-route to the Third Division title. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis Montrose currently sit 6th in League One and appear to be secure defensively, having only conceded ten goals in nine league matches this term. Their recent form mirroring that their visitors, with the Angus side failing to win in their last five league matches. Despite their downturn in form, striker Graham Webster has been Montrose’s talisman so far this term, with eight goals in eight league appearances thus far. Gus MacPherson will look to target Montrose defenders Kerr Waddell and Andrew Steeves, both of whom have three booking apiece so far this term. I spoke to Montrose fan Ben MacDonald (@benm89) ahead of Saturday’s match, who spoke glowingly of manager Stewart Petrie’s endeavours to continue last season’s positive momentum – “Since the semi-final at Cappielow, Stewart Petrie has done a fantastic job at being able to keep the majority of the squad that continue to do the town proud. The main problem that has faced Montrose this season is the lack of presence up front. Russell McLean decided to leave the Mo after the playoff loss and now plies his trade for Peterhead. Add to that an injury to Martin Rennie and the side have unfortunately lacked that threat in the final third, which affected the side in games like the 1-1 draw away to Cove last month. The good news, however, is that we have welcomed James Keatings to the side until January. Although he lacks the height of Rennie and McLean, he is a proven goal scorer in the Scottish leagues and is also clinical at set pieces. We have also welcomed back Blair Lyons and Cammy F Ballantyne on loan from Partick and St Johnstone respectively, and Mo fans know how capable the duo are at influencing the team towards a positive result. Results wise Montrose haven’t been that disappointing, but as previously stated the need to kill off games would have helped see the Gable Endies sit at a much prettier place in the League One table. The side haven’t won a match since September 4th and will hopefully be looking for revenge against the Ton on Saturday. Will be looking forward to another exciting encounter between the sides.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 7th October 2021 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The bookies are struggling to split the two sides, with Montrose priced at 7/4 to win the tie within 90 minutes. The Angus side are 9/2 to win with BTTS and 7/2 to win without reply. The League One side to win with a -1 handicap chalks up at 21/4. The match to be tied and force extra time is priced at 11/5, with a 0-0 stalemate priced at 17/2. Morton are 7/5 to win the tie within regulation time, 4/1 to win with BTTS and 31/10 to win without Jack Hamilton’s net being breached. If you fancy The Ton to win comfortably you can back them on a -1 handicap at 17/4. Match Officials Referee - Lloyd Wilson. AR1 - Craig Ferguson. AR2 - Scott Anderson.
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