MORTON let a spot in the Reserve League Cup final slip through their fingers last night after a 2-1 loss at Cowdenbeath.
It was an agonising defeat for David Hopkin’s side, who were leading with 12 minutes to go but conceded twice to exit the competition at the semi-final stage. The evening had started positively for the Ton second string, with Jordan Cairnie getting his head to an Ollie Emsden cross to put them ahead in the 10th minute.
Goalkeeper Nicolas Caraux preserved their one-goal advantage in the face of sustained Blue Brazil pressure with a series of fine saves.
But teenage defender Nicky Jamieson appeared to turn past the French custodian and into his own goal to hand the hosts a lifeline on 78 minutes.
And in a real heart-breaking finale, Cowden first-team regular Kyle Miller swooped to score a close-range header with seconds remaining to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Central Park side will now face Queen’s Park in the final after the Spiders won
1-0 against Alloa Athletic at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.
Morton (4-2-3-1): Caraux; McCormack, Irvine, Jamieson, Knight; Lamont, Verlaque; O’Neil (Smith, 74), Cairnie, Emsden (Russell, 61); McNeil (Ferris, 69).