A goal by Morton’s David Anderson 20 minutes into the first half was enough for the Cappielow side to take all three points back to Greenock last night at Lesser Hampden.
Queen’s had won all three of their games since the New Year. Morton only had played one game beating East Kilbride 2-0.
A very cold but dry and still evening greeted the two sides to the wide open playing surface.
In the 7th minute Queen’s had their first chance. A cross from the right was met by Joseph Manderson 22 yards out. Joseph’s shot narrowly missed the right hand post.
In the 20th minute Morton took the lead. Great play down the left wing by Morton’s Jack Purdue saw the ball cut back to Morton’s David Anderson who, unmarked, drove the ball home from 5 yards out.
In the 28th minute Queen’s had another chance to score. Morton’s Lee Kilday twice blocking shots from Queen’s forwards inside the six yard box.
Queen’s were pressing hard for the equaliser but Morton’s defence stood firm against them.
In the 42nd minute James MacLennan had a good chance. James latched onto a through ball, lifted the ball over the advancing keeper only to see the ball land outside the far post.
Half-time: Queen’s Park 0 Morton 1
Queen’s came out for the second half showing determination. They upped their tempo and controlled much of the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
In the 62nd minute Queen’s made their first substitution of the evening replacing James Grant with Andrew McGlaughlin.
Queen’s continued to dominate the game but could not convert the possession into any real scoring opportunities. As in previous games the final ball was either mis-directed or overly complicated.
In the 78th minute Lewis Magee was sent for tripping an opponent as he made his way to goal.
In the 80th minute Joseph Manderson was replaced by Anthony McGuire.
Queen’s made their final substitution of the night in the 86th minute replacing James MacLennan with Aaron Black.
Despite the changes Queen’s made no impact on the well organised Morton team.
Full-time: Queen’s Park 0 Morton 1
Queen’s Park: Owen Stott, James Grant (62mins Andrew McGlaughlin), Alistair Miller, Cameron Foy, Luke McColl, Lewis Magee, Joseph Manderson (80mins Anthony McGuire), Calvin McGrory, Billy Mortimer, Ronan McLaughlan, James MacLennan (86mins Aaron Black)
Subs: Declan Walsh, Elliot Anderson