Match Preview | Queen of the South

Scottish Championship
Saturday 20 March 2021
Cappielow Park
Kick-off 3pm

Scene Setter

Manager Gus MacPherson takes charge of his first home game as Morton manager tomorrow afternoon as the Sinclair Street side welcome Queen of the South to Cappielow in the Scottish Championship.

The ‘Ton narrowly lost 1-0 to Dunfermline last weekend and with the stakes high for tomorrow, the Greenock gaffer will be hopeful he can get his first win under his belt as his side try to ascend up the league table heading into the last 7 games.

Queen of the South have been on an incredible run as of late, winning 4 out of their last 5 matches. Allan Johnston’s side have only lost twice so far in 2021 with their most recent game ending in a 3-2 defeat against Alloa Athletic.

With only five points separating the two teams, tomorrows encounter has all the ingredients to make for another fascinating fixture. 

Morton Milestones & Significant Stats

1 – Stephen McGinn made his first appearance for Morton last weekend, playing the full 90 minutes against Dunfermline.

3 – Kalvin Orsi, Craig McGuffie, Aidan Nesbitt and Cameron Blues are joint top goalscorers for the club this term with 3 goals each

21 – The ‘Ton have scored 21 goals in all competitions so far this season.

50 – Kyle Jacobs is two appearances off of making a landmark 50 appearances for the club.

120 – Gary Oliver is one appearances off of making 120 appearances for the club.

Current Connections

Queen of the South defender Gregor Buchanan spent one season with Morton in 2018. The 30-year-old scored 2 goals in 41 appearances before opting for a move to Falkirk in June 2019.

Michael Ledger had a brief spell with Queen of the South last season, signing in February and making only 5 appearances before making a move to Morton at the beginning of this season.

Forward Gary Oliver joined Queen of the South initially in June 2015 scoring 8 goals in 29 appearances before departing for Morton in 2016. The 25-year-old spent three seasons at Cappielow until he returned to Dumfries for a second spell last season scoring 5 goal in 25 appearances. Oliver was welcomed back to Morton during the Summer last year and has scored 1 goal in 15 appearances so far this term.

The current ‘Ton management team of Gus MacPherson and Andy Millen were in post at the Doonhamers for the duration of the 2011/12 season before parting ways at the end of the campaign.

Head to Head

Sat 29 Feb 2020: Queen of the South 0-4 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Tue 6 Oct 2020: Morton 2-2 Queen of the South (Betfred Cup)

Sat 19 Dec 2020: Morton 2-0 Queen of the South (Scottish Championship)

Sat 23 January 2021: Queen of the South 2-1 Morton (Scottish Championship)

Last Time Round

A much improved second half performance was not enough in January as Morton suffered their first defeat of the year, losing 2-1 to Queen of the South at Palmerston in the Scottish Championship.

Despite an optimistic start, the hosts would open the scoring of the game on 14 minutes. A corner whipped into the box by Rhys McCabe found Ayo Obileye who headed beyond Aidan McAdams’ reach for his fourth goal of the season.

From then the Doonahmers pushed further and doubled their lead on 26 minutes with a great individual goal from Aidan Fitzpatrick. The midfielder, on loan from Norwich, picked up the ball around 35 yards out, darted towards the goal and with a number of Ton defenders around him managed to slot the ball passed McAdams and into the net.

The ‘Ton started the second half well were given a lifeline on 58 minutes after Aidan Nesbitt’s shot from the edge of the box was parried out by Rohan Ferguson to the feet of Kalvin Orsi who knocked the ball into the open goal from a few yards out.


Referee: David Munro
Assistant 1: David Doig
Assistant 2: Chris Rae

Streaming Information 

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