Greenock Morton 4 – 4 Alloa
To quote the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson: Football. Bloody hell.
Today’s game at Cappielow wasn’t so much a game of two halves but a game of ever-changing moments: a Yo-Yo encounter for me.
Morton started the game very well and were in control from the offset. This was shown with them immediately having a chance through centre half Sean McGinty in the first few minutes from one of Lewis Strapp’s long throws. This continued for the first 20 minutes as Aiden Nesbitt continually harangued Alloa full back Liam Dick and had the beating of him every time they came up against each other in a one vs one.
From an Alloa perspective those first 20 minutes were terribly sloppy and they were penned in their own half by Morton who deservedly took the lead from a Kyle Jacobs opener. His 3rd header of the season converted from an Aidan Nesbitt corner on 15 minutes.
From there, I fully expected Morton to kick on but that wasn’t to be the case. Alloa equalised through the run of play with a goal from former Morton striker Alan Trouten after sloppy Morton defending.
That goal sparked Alloa and Peter Grant into life – Grant continually barked instructions at his side and encouraged them okay football on the ground and they responded with some very impressive football over a 15 minute spell that saw them take the lead through a Kevin Cawley wonder strike from 25 yards. The game and the first half by 35 minutes had swung to Alloa. Or so it had seemed…
Amazingly, in a bonkers first half Morton were to respond by scoring a delightful goal that saw Aiden Nesbitt beat Liam Dick with some nice trickery before passing the ball down the right channel to Reghan Tumilty who whipped a lovely cross into the path of Luca Coalville who headed home from inside the box to equalise.
Tumilty wasn’t done there either. Just 4 minutes later he rifled in a “thunderblaster” of a volley to quote the Greenock Morton Twitter feed. A thunder-blaster it was as well! Very impressive from Tumilty. Now by 40 minutes, it was 3-2 Morton and the momentum of the game had swung from one side to the other again.
The swing in momentum towards Morton was further solidified just over a minute later when Bob McHugh deftly finished from an impressive Nicky Cadden cross.
Half time 4-2 Morton and game over surely?
That’s what I thought and most of the fans in the stadium – both home and away – must have thought ahead of the second half.
However in this crazy game anything is possible as the second half showed. Morton started well and had a few clear cut chances that would surely have out the game well beyond Alloa’s reach through Bob McHugh (header off the bar from a Nicky Cadden cross) and Kalvin Orsi (shooting narrowly wide after an impressive mazy run).
Goals – and missed opportunities- change games as we all know and that was evidenced today in a hectic last 10 minutes. After failing to put the game out of Alloa’s reach, Morton duly paid the price with yet more chaotic defending. Firstly, the impressive Tumilty let a ball bounce over his head on the left touchline that helped Kevin O’Hara get in behind the Morton defence to slot the ball home under Danny Rodgers to make it 4-3.
Tension in the stands at Cappielow was evident after that goal as Morton fans have read the script too many times over the years when it comes to Morton throwing away leads in games that they don’t deserve to lose.
That ever familiar script was written in the end for Morton and their fans by Alloa centre half Robbie Deas who scored a very impressive looping header to make the game 4-4 in the 92nd minute.
Even at 4-4 the game was far from over and both sides could have won it at the death with Liam Buchanan missing a clear cut chance for Alloa and Sean McGinty heading wide with the last hit of the ball for Morton.
Full time. Morton 4 – 4 Alloa. The Yo-Yo had stopped bouncing and a point a piece was to be the final result on a day at Cappielow when all four seasons of our climate were showcased over the course of 90 pulsating minutes.
For Morton and David Hopkin, complacent defending cost them dear in a game that simply put they should have won – no ifs, no buts no maybes. On the other hand, for Alloa and Peter Grant, a point bourne out of resilience, a commitment to playing football their way and a never say die attitude will please their fans immensely as they battle to stay up this season.
Ultimately, both sets of fans leave Cappielow today feeling that today should have been there day and I left with that same quote from Sir Alex replaying itself in my head: FOOTBALL. BLOODY HELL.
For me this was our game in Scotland at its best. Goals, passion, never say die attitude and as always in Scotland utterly mental weather. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Reaction from both managers HERE.
David Hopkin – Post match reaction
Peter Grant – Post Match reaction
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