MORTON remain third bottom of the Championship after a late goal consigned them to a disappointing defeat against Raith Rovers.

Ton went into the game in good spirits after defeating Queen of the South and seeing off Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup in midweek.

But they were unable to avoid falling to a third loss of the season against John McGlynn's men.

Morton were well organised during a cagey first half where they held their own, with the game lacking spark and clear-cut scoring chances.

But the visitors seemed to immediately lose their way after the break and were put firmly on the back foot as it wore on.

Warning signs were flashing by the time Rovers' striker Manny Duku somehow headed over the bar from close range and Lewis Vaughan came close, and although Gus MacPherson made changes it did not turn the tide.

As Ton grimly tried to hold on for a point they were undone on 82 minutes when slack marking left Jamie Gullan free at the back post to slam home a left footed shot in off the post.

Aidan Nesbitt got in behind the Raith defence soon afterwards as Ton looked to hit back, but his low shot was easily gathered by Jamie MacDonald and the last chance had gone.

Ton now have a Scottish Cup third round tie ahead on Saturday at East Fife, before a vital home game in the league against Inverness three days later.

* See Monday's Tele for full match report, reaction and analysis.