12 November 1988 – St Johnstone 4 Morton 2

On this day in 1988 St Johnstone met Morton in a First Division fixture at Muirton Park in front of a 3,569 crowd.

Saints had been promoted at the end of the 1987/88 season and going into the match were sitting in 6th position on 15 points whilst our visitors were top of the table 5 points ahead.

With ambitions of closing the points gap Manager Alex Totten selected the following team: – John Balavage, Kenny Thomson, Don McVicar, Dougie Barron, Paul Cherry, Sammy Johnston, Stuart Sorbie, Tommy Coyle, Steve Maskrey, Roddy Grant, Ian Heddle. Subs: – Grant Jenkins, Willie Watters.

Despite the pouring rain Saints got off to a flying start when Coyle and Johnston combined to set up Steve Maskrey who netted the opening goal with just 5 minutes on the clock. 1 – 0.

Johnston nearly made it two when he got on the end of a flick from a Grant header but his shot was deflected over the bar.

However, the second goal was not long in coming. Saints had forced two corners in a minute and when Johnston sent over the second Barron got his head to the ball enabling Cherry to nod home from close in. 2 – 0.

Saints continued to dominate after the interval and Sorbie made it 3 – 0 after 52 minutes. The goal came from a surging McVicar run down the left wing. When his low cross into the box found Maskrey he quickly moved the ball to Sorbie who was able to shoot home from 6 yards out.

Morton got one back 3 minutes later when Tommy Turner rifled in a shot from 12 yards which went in off the post.

The visitors were later reduced to 10 men when Ronald was sent off but despite their numerical disadvantage managed to score again to make it 3 – 2 with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Willie Watters replaced “Roddy” and with 6 minutes remaining raced on to a through ball. He drew the keeper and then chipped him from inside the penalty area to make it 4 – 2 and game over.

Later, Alex Totten was clearly disappointed that his defence had conceded 2 goals, but was pleased that his team had taken the points in an exciting match.

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