The Saints dominated the first half with John Opica’s header, but Morton equaled with substitute Ross McIver’s header after a long throw in the hour before in Paisley and the visitors had better chances to win the match
The Saints won on penalties 6-5 after a 1-1 draw and topped the Group G Petfried Cup with a guaranteed advance if they beat Queens Park on Saturday
Goodwin, whose team was postponed for two matches last month after a number of positive Covid-19 cases, said: “I thought the first half was excellent, we controlled possession as I had expected and did everything we talked about in terms of expanding the ball and getting the balls into the box.
« But Morton went out with all his blazing rifles in the second half. They didn’t allow us time on the ball and we couldn’t raise our heads and pick passes
“We had a really tough game here Friday night against Dundee United and the boys have only had half a dozen sessions in the past four weeks Your fitness levels are nowhere near where you should be
“We tried to make changes and rejuvenate things but unfortunately we lost our rhythm at that point and were kind of stopping sometimes
« But I am happy that I am standing here on the right end of the penalty shootout, sitting on seven points, and we know what we have to do on Saturday, go there and win the match and if we do we will pass. »
Morton boss David Hopkin said: “We came with a game plan to thwart St. Mirren. We knew that Jim had changed his style and was going to be more direct and get the balls in the penalty area, and for most of the first half we dealt with them.
« We came back to the match and I think we deserved to win the match in the second half. We had two or three really good chances to put the match to bed because we put in more and more strikers and St Mirren couldn’t handle our escape from the ball »
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