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Weather was so good but keeper had stormer; FIRST DIVISION QUEEN OF SOUTH 1 MORTON 4.

Byline: KENNY MACDONALD reports

TON striker Peter Weatherson hit a first half double to help the Cappielow men to their first away league win but insists keeper Kevin Cuthbert was the real star.

Cuthbert pulled off a succession of terrific second half saves to snuff out Queens' fierce fightback and help inflict their first league defeat at Palmerston since last December.

Weatherson (right) hit two goals inside 10 minutes to leave his old club reeling.

He pounced on a dreadful headed pass back from Craig Sives to gather the ball at the edge of the box and flick under diving keeper Cammy Bell for the 19th minute opener.

And 10 minutes later he nodded home from close range as Allan Jenkins headed a neat ball across goal from Jim McAlister's cross.

Jenkins sealed the win with the goal of the game, hammering a 30-yard shot that ripped through a packed box and into the left side of the net to leave the home side with it all to do.

Queens hit back with Sean O'Connor rifling a low shot across Cuthbert early in the second half as the home side stormed back.

But the Ton keeper tipped a vicious 30-yard free-kick from Stephen Dobbie over the top then pulled off some stunning stops from David Weatherston and Dobbie to keep his side in front.

And any hopes of a late comeback were ended when Stewart Greacen smashed in a fine header to kill off Queens.

And in-form Weatherson was full of praise for Morton No.1, Cuthbert.

He said: "We're calling Kevin 'The Magnet' after all these saves because the ball just flew to him. He even saved one with his face from O'Connor! It was nice to get two goals but the main thing is we won."

Doonhamers boss Gordon Chisholm said: "We started well but lost soft goals and then started to crumble. The second half was better."

MoM: Weatherson (Morton)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 9, 2008
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