Queen’s Park left Cappielow without a point after going down 2-0 to Morton with the Greenock side scoring twice in the second half.

The Spiders line-up was missing Dom Thomas for the first time this season with the skipper not available after failing to shake off the injury he picked up in last Saturday’s win at Ayr.

Stuart McKinstry came in for Thomas with Kane Thomson rewarded for his impressive displays for the B Team with a place on the bench alongside the recalled Lewis Reid with Zach Mauchin another injury absentee.

Sean Welsh took the captain’s armband and McKinstry kicked off with a pass to Jack Thomson who sent the ball away to his left and ultimately out of the park.

With 60 seconds gone it looked like a head-flick from Cillian Sheridan released Ruari Paton 40 yards out however after he had advanced for 20 yards, and gathered the ball, an offside flag was raised.

Morton had an opening on seven minutes when Calum Waters was allowed to wriggle his way to the by-line and crossed for George Oakley who headed over from six yards.

A break forward by Jack Turner on 11 minutes set up Josh Scott to whip a cross in from the left that found Paton with the striker just unable to bring the ball down as he looked to spin and shoot.

Danny Wilson and Jack Thomson played inch-perfect 40 yard forward passes in short succession with Sheridan looking to be fouled as he rose to meet the first and Scott unable to nip in ahead of Tyler French as he chased the second.

A mix-up at a free-kick from the visitors allowed Jack Bearne to breakaway on 18 minutes with Calum Ferrie pushing his low shot past for a corner.

Three minutes later McKinstry picked out Turner some 30 yards out from Ryan Mullen’s goal with the Morton number one having to leap to save a well-struck effort from the Queen’s Park midfielder.

Louis Longridge won a corner on 28 minutes after picking up a precise Thomson pass with the set-piece causing panic in the home box before the ball spun into Mullen’s arms.

Bearne was cautioned on 32 minutes for a late challenge on Ferrie that hit the shot-stopper on the back of the head.

Thomson who had been on the end of a tackle from Robbie Crawford that saw the Morton man booked limped off after treatment on 42 minutes however he came back on a minute later.

QP claims for a penalty seconds before the break when Turner was eased off the ball by Waters were not given much consideration.

As the game entered injury time Thomson was cautioned after a sliding challenge with Ferrie clutching the resultant free-kick.

Half time – Greenock Morton 0 Queen’s Park 0

The second half started with Alex Bannon on in place of Thomson with the substitute getting an early touch as he nodded a cross into the path of Longridge.

Bannon got an even better touch on 48 minutes as he turned a low Oakley cross behind for a corner with two Greenock players waiting to pounce with Kirk Broadfoot nodding the cross from the dead-ball against the bar.

Longridge fired over two fine crosses as the game entered 55 minutes with an offside call going against Paton as he looked to turn the latter one home.

Queen’s almost squeezed in a goal just on 57 minutes when Paton picked out McKinstry who spun and fired for goal. McKinstry’s effort was blocked and spun into the air with Sheridan stabbing the loose ball just over.

Substitute Liam McLeish nearly made a sensational entry to the game as he ran onto a dipping Turner pass and slipped a shot past Mullen however the ball flashed wide of goal.

That miss looked to be crucial as Morton took the lead on 67 minutes after Bannon had been penalized for a foul 20 yards out. Alan Power curled over a cross and Broadfoot was well-placed to guide a header into the net from six yards.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 with the goal coming after Scott was pulled up for a challenge in a central position on Bearne 25 yards out. Robbie Muirhead took the free-kick and his whipped in delivery beat the wall and Ferrie at his right-hand post.

Scott who was now playing in an advanced position on the right came close with a shot that just cleared Mullen’s bar as Queen’s looked to get back into the game on 85 minutes.

The visiting side came close again with three minutes left when Paton accepted a pass from Turner and then flicked a return into his team-mate’s path as he darted into the box with Turner’s volley flashing just over.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Jack Thomson, Danny Wilson, Tommy Robson (Cameron Bruce 80), Louis Longridge, Jack Turner, Sean Welsh, Josh Scott, Stuart McKinstry, Cillian Sheridan (Liam McLeish 61), Ruari Paton.
Unused substitutes – Jack Wills (G/k), Alex Bannon, Will Tizzard, Scott Williamson, Lewis Reid, Kane Thomson, Mackenzie Carse.

Greenock Morton – Ryan Mullen, Jack Baird, Calum Waters, Cameron Blues (Darragh O’Connor 84), Robbie Muirhead (Grant Gillespie 84), Robbie Crawford (Michael Garrity 73), Kirk Broadfoot, Jack Bearne (Jai Quitongo 73), Alan Power, George Oakley, Tyler French.
Unused substitutes – Sam Murdoch (G/k), Lewis McGrattan.

Referee – Chris Graham.

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