MICHAEL Tidser and Jai Quitongo continued on their road to recovery last night by playing the majority of Morton 20s 2-1 win over Queen’s Park at lesser Hampden.

The pair were given a run-out by Darren Barr as the development squad closed the gap on their hosts to four points — with the Greenock youngsters still having a game in hand in Development League West.

Ton started with a strong squad as both Tidser and Quitongo were joined in the line-up by Jamie McGowan and Lewis Strapp, both of whom are enjoying loan spells at Troon and Elgin City respectively.

First-team fringe players Ruaridh Langan and Ben Armour also both started, with the former even having to don the goalkeeper gloves when McGowan went off with what could turn out to be a dislocated shoulder.

Before the stopper had to go off late on he was in the middle of the action early doors and was forced into a wonderful stop to deny Aaron Black. Joseph Manderson also tested the keeper who was equal to the effort before the opener was scored.

And it was Quitongo who got it in fine style for Morton. After a 50-50 challenge the striker came away with the ball on the left before bending a cracking strike in off the right-hand post.

The same man was then denied by goalkeeper Elliot Anderson before half-time as Ton looked to seal the points.

But the visitors took advantage of an extra man after Queen’s had Anton Houghton sent off when Langan headed in his third goal in four games.

It was then that McGowan went off after suffering a bad collision. However, as Ton had used all three subs bringing off Tidser, Quitongo and Lewis Strapp, skipper Langan threw on the gloves for the remaining five minutes.

The young Spiders reduced the deficit with a few minutes left on the clock through Manderson but Morton held out to take the spoils.