St Mirren versus MORTON
Saturday 28 October 2017
Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley
Morton make the short journey to Paisley tomorrow to face arch-rivals St Mirren in a mouthwatering second Renfrewshire derby of the Ladbrokes Championship season.
After 17 years without a competitve win in the county clash, the Greenock men came up trumps last term, winning 3-1 at Cappielow back in November.
Since then the sides have shared a 1-1 draw at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, courtesy of a last-gasp Ricki Lamie equaliser, before suffering a devastating 4-1 defeat on home turf in April.
However, they avenged that loss by reversing the scoreline on Sinclair Street in the first installment of the 2017/18 campaign’s four league meetings.
Despite the outcome of the most recent tussle, Saints have still be installed as pre-match favourites due to their league form, which sees them top the table after 10 matches.
Ton, meanwhile, are sat midtable but come into the encounter in a positive frame of mind having won and drawn in their last two outings and in the knowledge they were capable of besting the Saints just two short months ago.
Defender Lee Kilday is out with a long-term ankle injury as is Connor McManus (calf strain), while Michael Tidser recently revealed only he has a slim chance of being involved after suffering micro tears to his adductor.
Development squad goalkeeper Jamie McGowan came through the Saints youth ranks while Mark Russell and Scott Tiffoney started out at St Mirren Boys’ Club.
Summer signing Gary Harkins spent the 2013/14 season on St Mirren’s books, making 17 appearances and scoring two goals before spending the second half of the campaign on loan at English League One outfit Oldham Athletic.
Tue 1 Nov 2016: Morton 3-1 St Mirren (Ladbrokes Championship)
Sat 31 Dec 2016: St Mirren 1-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)
Tue 11 Apr 2017: Morton 1-4 St Mirren (Ladbrokes Championship)
Sat 12 Aug 2017: Morton 4-1 St Mirren (Ladbrokes Championship)
Last Time Out
Two-goal hero Michael Tidser converted penalties either side of Cammy Smith’s equaliser before Bob McHugh and Andy Murdoch wrapped up a memorable win in the final 20 minutes of the second half.
Referee: Steven McLean
Assistant one: Graeme Stewart
Assistant two: Drew Kirkland
Entry is by ticket only and will be on sale at the Paisley 2021 Stadium from 1pm to 3.15pm on match day at the North Stand ticket office.
Concessions (Over 65, Under 18, full-time student with valid card): £10
Child 12 and under: £5
Ambulant and carer: £10
Morton fans will be housed in the North Stand and will enter via turnstiles 17 to 20.
Fans under the influence of alcohol will not be admitted and all bags will be searched with random searches undertaken. Surfing flags are not permitted and any other flags will be checked to ensure they are not offensive.
St Mirren have a policy on unacceptable conduct and behaviour which will be fully enforced.
Travel by Road: St Mirren, Paisley 2021 Stadium, Greenhill Road, Paisley, PA3 1RU
A8/M8, exit at junction 29 St James and follow signs for Paisley, A726. Follow dual carriageway and pick up signs for ‘football traffic’. There are no major roadworks scheduled.
Travel by Rail: Gourock to Paisley Gilmour Street runs every 30 minutes. Some trains will stop at Paisley St James, where fans alight for the Paisley 2021 Stadium. Check rail websites for details.
Car parking: MacFarlane Street/Clark Street, off the A726, and Ferguslie Park Avenue, off Greenhill Road.
Coach parking: Clark Street. Enter Clark Street from Greenhill Road before the low bridge.
Travel Club Info
The Gourock Morton Supporters’ bus leaves the Royalle Club in Gourock at 1.45pm sharp and pick ups are available en-route. Costs are £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.
The Greenock Morton Supporters Club bus to Paisley for tomorrow’s match is now FULL. The coach leaves the club at 2pm with pick ups en-route. Visitors costs are £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.
If you would like a seat on the bus, please phone Martin on 07958080010. Alternatively, you can book seats through Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GMSCTravel or Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/GMSCTravel.
The Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club bus to Paisley for tomorrow’s match leaves the Sutherland Bar at 2pm.
Anyone looking for seats should contact Bryan on 07969760291 or leave a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PortGlasgowMTC/
Image: Gary Bradley