Greenock Morton 1
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


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League (First Division)
Saturday, May 3rd, 1997
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 1,617
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig McPherson (38) John Anderson (o.g.) (24)

Team Managers
Unknown. John McCormack

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Billy Thomson .1
Barry Smith .2
Robbie Raeside .3
David Winnie .4
Tommy McQueen .5
Iain Anderson .6
Craig Tully .7
Gary McKeown .8
Hugh Robertson .9
Eddie Annand .10
George Shaw .11

None. Kevin Magee .12
John Elliot .14
Gavin Rae .15

None. Kevin Magee for Tommy McQueen
Gavin Rae for Gary McKeown

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Source unknown.

Craig McPherson was kissed off after grabbing his first-ever goal for Morton to kill off Dundee's play-off hopes.

He equalised after team-mate John Anderson headed the opener into his own net.

And McPherson said: "After I scored, Derek Collins pulled me to the ground and John kissed me on the head-it was awful, he had bad breath.

"It's great to get my first goal in almost three years because I've taken quite a lot of stick about it. They say I don't even score in training.

"I scored against Rangers when we beat them this season 2-1 in a closed doors game but the boys say it doesn't count because nobody saw it.

"So it was nice to score today and also get John out of jail for the own goal.

"He actually said to me after his goal that I would have to score to pull him out of trouble but I laughed because I'd never scored before."

Afterwards, Dundee boss John McCormack kept his side in the changing room for more than 40 minutes but emerged to say: "I wasn't ranting.

"We were only talking in general terms because I'm all for player participation.

"Now we have to get the batteries recharged for next season and it was good to hear some players' points of view.

"I am not a dictator and like to get everyone's opinion. Our problem this season son has been inconsistency."

Anderson headed the ball high past his own keeper Neil Inglis in 24 minutes following a far side cross from Barry Smith after Craig Tully had set up the move.

Morton levelled 12 minutes later via McPherson after Marko Rajamaki and Ross Matheson combined to open up the defence.

Warren Hawke was denied twice in the opening five minutes of the second half. He saw a header drift agonisingly past the post.

Then keeper Billy Thomson was well positioned to gather his shot following a great move involving Rajamaki and Janne Lindberg.

Dundee rallied near the end but could find no way past Inglis who made two astonishing saves from Iain Anderson.

Morton manager Allan McGraw said: "I'm happy with the football but a wee bit annoyed that we scored two goals and only got one point.

"We must kill teams off after dominating games. They could have stolen it

in the last few minutes. "Craig's goal is his first and the move for it was unbelievable.

"We played delightful football and I just wish it was the start of the season. "But maybe we're playing so well because the pressure is off."

Squad Statistics (as at May 3rd, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)39 33 - 33 -
Gary McKeown26 251864
Tommy McQueen33 221501
Robbie Raeside24 434434
Barry Smith23 43 - 64 -
Craig Tully21 25 - 30 -
David Winnie30 301301
Iain Anderson19 4177911
Hugh Robertson22 171171
Eddie Annand24 4141
George Shaw28 28613745
Kevin Magee (sub)26 311311
Gavin Rae (sub)19 212272

League Table (as at May 3rd, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.