February 16, 2013
MacDonald restores parity as Morton fight back
It's as you were at the top of the Scottish First Division as two goals from Peter MacDonald saw leaders Morton come from behind to draw 2-2 with second-placed Partick.
In Alan Archibald's first game in charge, his side took the lead after just nine minutes as they looked to close the eight-point gap at the top.
Aaron Sinclair crossed from the left and Chris Erskine converted from 12 yards for his 10th goal of the campaign.
His strike partner Steven Craig made it 2-0 early in the second half by heading in Ross Forbes' cross.
But Morton, who had won their last four games prior to the fixture, fought back to protect their advantage at the top.
MacDonald's first was a low free-kick from 30-yards that crept into Scott Fox's goal, and he equalised from the penalty spot after Hugh Murray handled in the area.
Murray was sent-off four minutes later for a second caution, the second time this season he had been dismissed at Cappielow Park, but his side still have three games in hand on their opponents.
|Greenock Morton||Partick Thistle|
|1 Derek Gaston||1 Scott Fox|
|5 Kevin Rutkiewicz||5 Aaron Muirhead|
|2 Scot Taggart||6 Conrad Balatoni|
|3 Lillie Dyer||3 Aaron Sinclair|
|6 Thomas O'Ware||2 Sean Welsh|
|11 David O'Brian||7 Hugh Murray|
|7 Kyle Wilkie||4 Paul Paton|
|8 Michael Tidser||10 Ross Forbes|
|4 Fouad Bachirou||8 Stuart Bannigan|
|9 Peter MacDonald||9 Steven Craig|
|10 Colin McMenamin||11 Chris Erskene|
|20 David Hutton||Greg Daniels 12|
|16 Jordan Halsman||Alan Archibald 17|
|15 David Graham||Stephen O'Donnell 14|
|12 Martin Hardie||Kris Doohlan 15|
|14 Peter Weatherson||Steven Lawless 16|
|Martin Hardie for Kyle Wilkie (46)||Steven Lawless for Ross Forbes (61)|
|David Graham for Fouad Bachirou (74)||Kris Doohlan for Chris Erskene (78)|
|Peter Weatherson for Colin McMenamin (74)||Stephen O'Donnell for Steven Craig (86)|
|Lillie Dyer (60)||Paul Paton (75)|
|Peter MacDonald (85)||Hugh Murray (80)|
|Hugh Murray (84)|
|· Squads: Greenock Morton | Partick Thistle|