O’Ware: We want to end 2016 on a high

Thomas O’Ware says Morton are looking to end 2016 on high when they travel to Paisley to face St Mirren in a Hogmanay Renfrewshire derby.

Tomorrow’s clash sees the local rivals square off for the third time this term, with the sides sharing a 1-1 draw at the same venue back in August before the Ton ended a 17-year wait with a 3-1 win at Cappielow in November.

Top scorer O’Ware, who netted in both of those matches, wants this team to end the year with another positive result against the Saints.

The defender told gmfc.net: “Last Saturday was scrappy, not the best game of football in the world, but we knew it was going to be that way from the conditions.

“When we got the goal it was all about not conceding, and if we didn’t concede we would obviously win the game. Second half we were up against it, but the team were brilliant and we managed to grind out the result.

“I couldn’t care less about how it came about, it was about taking the three points – and that was massive going into this Saturday.

“I scored the winner last week but I couldn’t care less about who scored. Some games, like St Mirren, I love scoring, but on Saturday I just wanted three points so we could focus on the derby and trying to finish [2016] on a high.

“If we can finish the year with two wins, it would be an unbelievable start to the season and an unbelievable end to the year.”

One of nine … O’Ware outmuscles Ben Gordon to bullet home header in last derby                        © David Bell

O’Ware took his tally to an incredible nine for the campaign by netting the winner in the Christmas Eve victory over Queen of the South, but he insists he is still simply aiming to hit double figures.

He added: “I’ve got nine this season, 20 for Morton and 19 under the gaffer. I just need to keep it going and hopefully get a few more. What am I targeting now? 10!”


Images: David Bell