MORTON Under-20s rescued a point for the second league game in a row with another dramatic late leveller from squad captain Ruaridh Langan.

Ton found themselves 1-0 down to Queen of the South after 77 minutes through Jesse Akubuine when the young English midfielder rifled a cracking strike into the top corner of Jamie McGowan’s net from 25 yards.

But just when it looked like the Doonhamers would be heading home with a vital three points, up stepped Langan to take advantage of a goalkeeping blunder and volley the equaliser into the back of the net to seal a point.

The home side had three players from the fringes of the first team in their starting line-up.

Langan and defender Darren Hynes have both spent time on the bench for the first team in recent weeks — with the former coming on in the last few minutes of their last league game against Queen’s first team.

Striker Ben Armour also played from the start as Darren Barr’s youngsters looked to get back on track following one draw and one defeat from their previous two outings.

Both sides had early opportunities and Morton had Jamie McGowan to thank for keeping it goalless inside the first 10 minutes.

A deflected effort from John Wright looked goal bound before the Ton stopper — on loan to Troon — pushed the strike over the crossbar.

Armour then went close with a decent effort that Queen of the South first-team keeper Jack Leighfield did well to hold.

The stopper then made another two brilliant stops from Mitchell Duffy and then Blair Docherty as Morton looked to break the deadlock.

The Greenock side were doing all the pressing but McGowan had to be alert to keep out Joe Usher before Akubuine struck his shot into the postage stamp for the opener seven minutes later.

Ben Armour thought he had hit an instant reply only to see his ‘goal’ ruled out for offside before the 19-year-old did have a hand in the equaliser in stoppage time.

The forward went up to challenge Leighfield with a high ball but a lack of impact from the stopper saw the ball fall at the feet of Langan.

The midfielder hooked a first-time volley back towards goal and it rolled into the back of the net to secure a big point for Ton — who might have been frustrated just to draw after creating plenty of opportunities against their Dumfries opponents.