MORTON are through to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after a dramatic comeback win against East Fife.

The Greenock men needed extra time to clinch their place in the hat after an eventful afternoon in the Methil sunshine.

They looked off the pace in the first half as the sprightly hosts took the game to them despite playing their fourth game in eight days.

Liam Watt hit the inside of the post, Aidan McAdams was forced into a close range save and a penalty shout for the Fifers was snubbed by the referee  as Darren Young's men attempted to reprise their cup win over Ton two years ago.

Although Morton started the second half much improved, a shock looked on the cards when their League One opponents took the lead through the lively Kevin Smith just before the hour mark.

The visitors threw on subs Aidan Nesbitt, Muirhead and Gary Oliver as they pushed to try and find the equaliser, and although they came close on a couple of occasions it looked like all was lost as the minutes ticked down.

As the game entered injury time they got the break they needed when the frantic Fifers couldn't repel a last ditch attack and conceded a penalty kick.

Ton skipper Sean McGinty stepped up to calmly convert from the spot and level it at 1-1.

Extra time was a lively affair with chances for both teams but a moment of brilliance ultimately settled things.

Ton broke up the park and Nesbitt fed the ball to Muirhead wide out on the right hand side.

With the ball out of his feet he looked up, took aim and curled a delicious left foot shot beyond the despairing dive of the flailing Brett Long and into the far corner of the net.

It wasn't over just yet however and Ton had to survive a couple of close calls before the final whistle.

Gus MacPherson's men now shift their focus back to the league with a huge match against Inverness at Cappielow on Tuesday as their fight to stay in the Championship resumes.

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