MORTON midfielder Cameron Blues hopes his maiden strike for the club will be the first of many after ending a year-long wait to hit the back of the net.

The 22-year-old's first goal for Ton arrived during Tuesday's Betfred Cup victory over Queen's Park.

He hopes his composed finish and dominant performance in the engine room has given him a platform to build on - and revealed he is aiming to copy the powerhouse box-to-box performances of his teammate and club captain Jim McAlister.

He told the Tele: “I’m buzzing to have scored my first goal, but I’m even more delighted for the boys to have got a win.

“It was a great night for me with it being my first goal for the club.

“I want to earn as many opportunities as possible this season and I hope that’s the start.

“I think that I can do both jobs for the gaffer, whether that be sitting in front of the defence or contribute going forward as well.

“If you look at it, it’s the way that Jim plays every week so if I could emulate that then I’d be delighted."

Blues' 51st minute strike kept Ton in touching distance with the top of Group G and was just reward for a good second half show against a Queen's side boasting a lot of established and experienced Championship players.

He said: “The first half was tough for us but we got to grips with things.

"We made a couple of wee changes, with Reece Lyon sitting and me going a bit further forward.

"It meant I was able to dictate the game and make passes or run into the channels, which helped me score.”

Blues admits he is relieved to have finally broken his duck in front of goal.

He said: “It’s been a while coming because I’ve had chances before to go and score - and I definitely had a few on Tuesday night.

“I had one that took a deflection in the first half and then another just before I did eventually score.

"I had Gary Oliver and Craig McGuffie both screaming at me to shoot, but I panicked a wee bit and tried to pass it to Gaz and it never worked out.

“I’m just glad that I was able to make up for it by then going on to score.

“It was a great move that we carried out, with the diagonal ball across from Sean McGinty which Cammy Salkeld did really well to cut back across the box.

"Gary Oliver had the awareness to lay it off for me to finish it off – it was really pleasing and probably the best move of the night.”