ST MIRREN versus MORTON
Wednesday 11 November 2020
Simple Digital Arena
Live on Premier Sports
by Brendan McEleny
Morton make the short trip to Paisley tomorrow evening for the eagerly anticipated Renfrewshire Derby against St Mirren in the Betfred Cup.
This is the first time the two sides have met since April 2018 and the match will be broadcast live in front of the Premier Sports cameras.
The ‘Ton head into tomorrow’s mouth-watering clash on the back of a 5-0 reversal against Raith Rovers on Saturday and manager David Hopkin will be ensuring his players can bounce back with an improved performance against their arch-rivals.
For the majority of the squad, the Derby is new territory but there are enough experienced campaigners like Chris Millar and Jim McAlister around the camp to emphasise the significance of the local rivalry. Everyone associated with the club will be hoping to savour the sweet taste of success tomorrow evening.
Despite having a difficult start to the Scottish Premiership, Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren sit at the summit of group G in the Betfred Cup and they will be looking to defend their first place position.
Morton Milestones & Significant Stats
2 – Cameron Blues is the ‘Ton’s top goal-scorer so far this term with 2 strikes in 5 competitive games
50 – Both Lewis Strapp and Reece Lyon are 2 appearances off of making 50 appearances for the club. The duo currently sit on 48 and could move a step closer to the 50 landmark should they play against St Mirren
Kalvin Orsi signed for St Mirren in 2016 and spent only one season with the club before departing for Brechin City in 2017. During his time with the Buddies, the forward had a brief loan spell with Queen’s Park where he made 11 appearances.
Head to Head
Sat 12 Aug 2017: Morton 4-1 St Mirren (Ladbrokes Championship)
Sat 28 Oct 2017: St Mirren 2-2 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)
Sat 2 Jan 2018: Morton 1-1 St Mirren (Ladbrokes Championship)
Sat 22 Apr 2018: St Mirren 2-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)
Last Time Out
Morton saw their play-off hopes officially ended by rivals St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium as they suffered their first Renfrewshire derby defeat of the campaign back in April 2018.
Lewis Morgan netted a second-half winner to set up the Saints’ Ladbrokes Championship title party after Michael Doyle had earlier cancelled out Danny Mullen’s opener with his first goal for the club.
Referee: Bobby Madden
Assistant 1: David McGeachie
Assistant 2: Stuart Hodge
Fourth Official: Chris Graham
Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast live in on Premier Sports.
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