MORTON secured their place in the semi-finals of the Reserve League Cup last night despite a resounding home loss to Queen’s Park.
The Spiders’ victory moved them level on points with David Hopkin’s side at the top of the west section.
However, they have an inferior goal difference and play their game in hand against third placed Annan Athletic, who sit on nine points, meaning Ton are guaranteed first or second spot.
In the east section, Cowdenbeath topped the group while Alloa Athletic finished runners-up, and one of those two sides will provide the Cappielow club with their semi-final opposition.
But the Ton will need to offer much more than they did against Queen’s Park if they are to have a chance of reaching the final.
They fell behind after just nine minutes when James Baty breezed past several weak challenges on his way to the byeline and pulled back for Lee Davidson to sweep beyond Nicolas Caraux.
Davidson added a second 10 minutes into the second half, tapping in on the line after Portuguese forward Joao Victoria picked him out at the far post.
Former Ton trialist Liam Gormley wrapped up the win three minutes later, expertly controlling a long diagonal from Scott Gibson before hooking into the bottom-left corner on the spin.
Morton (4-4-2): Caraux (5); McCormack (5), Cairnie (6), Cole (5), Knight (5); O’Neil (4) (Verlaque 45, 6), Taggart (5), Imrie (5), Fulton (5) (Jamieson 75, 3); Campbell (4) (Ferris 60, 5), McNeil (5).