Morton in the Community boys were given a dream opportunity to pit their wits against the club’s first team yesterday in a 120 versus 11 exhibition match as part of our charitable arm’s fifth birthday celebrations.
And the community teams, ranging from kids born in 2004 to 2011 and bossed by Blair Kelly, showed there was strength in numbers by coming out on top in a seven-goal thriller on a sunny day at Cappielow.
Their five goalkeepers were able to keep the senior side down to two goals – scored by Michael Doyle and Thomas O’Ware – whilst netting five at the other end to secure the Greenock Morton family bragging rights.
Local lad Gary Harkins couldn’t handle the ignimony of defeat and was given his marching orders by referee Chick Kavanagh for lifting an opponent off the ground to steal possession.
Brian McLaughlin, development manager, said: “The community boys were a real credit to themselves and the coaches and parents who took in the game from the Cowshed.
“It was clear to see the players had really worked on the 30-45-45 formation and the five goalkeepers kept the Morton first- team squad at bay with a string of excellent saves.
“We would like to thank everyone at Greenock Morton for allowing this game to take place and provide our community players memories that will certainly last a life time.”
Images: Gordon McKillop