Lee: I owed gaffer winning goal versus Raith

Matchwinner Lee Kilday says it was a great feeling to help Morton get back to winning ways at the same time as rediscovering the formidable form he was in earlier in the season.

Club captain Kilday capped off a solid defensive display at the heart of the Ton back four by netting the only goal of Tuesday night’s impressive 1-0 win against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.

The victory was a vital one for Jim Duffy’s men as they looked to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Queen of the South, and important for the 25-year-old on an individual level.

Speaking to gmfc.net, he explained: “Obviously it was going to be a hard game going to Raith after Saturday, when we didn’t play great and didn’t deserve to win.

“The way we lost wasn’t like us and I think the way we won on Tuesday was more like us and showed exactly what we’re all about. That was lacking on Saturday but on the night it was there again. Everyone of the boys was great.

“It was great to score the winning goal with a header. I’ve got two goals against Falkirk and I was trying to think if I had any others but I think it’s three so far.

“It was great to score the winner obviously but the three points were the most important thing. It really is a great feeling and all the boys are buzzing.

“It’s mental the way football works. On Saturday, you can be right down in the dumps and then on Tuesday you can be high as a kite.

“On Saturday we got beat, the team didn’t play great and I didn’t play great either. Personally, I look at my own performance and I wasn’t good enough – I’ve had better birthdays, let’s put it that way.

“But the gaffer kept me in on Tuesday and I had to prove to him I could cope with it and I think I owed him that goal against Raith Rovers.

“The gaffer said the performance in general was more like me. Since I’ve come back from injury, I’ve not been at the high standards I was at before.

“That’s something I’ve been working on in training to get back to. Tuesday was a good start and hopefully I can kick on from here.”

Dream team … Michael Doyle reworked the semi-final photo in tribute to Kilday and the fans’ song

While Kilday was talking, team-mate Aidan Nesbitt burst into song as he passed along the trackside, chanting: ‘Number one, is Lee Kilday, number two is Lee Kilday, number three is Lee Kilday, number four is Lee Kilday …’

It was the Celtic loanee’s homage to the skipper and the ‘We all dream of a team of Lee Kildays’ chant the Morton supporters belt out to the tune of the The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

When asked for his thoughts on the song, he smiled: “I’m aware of it – it’s a good song. I appreciate the supporters singing it. I don’t know who made it up, but it’s decent, aye.”


Image: David Bell