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St. Mirren 2 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: St. Mirren 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Scottish Premiership
St. Mirren scorers: O'Hara 95 (pen), Olusanya 97
Aberdeen scorers: Barron 1.

02/03/2024 | KO: 15:00

In a game that was bookended by goals, St Mirren somehow scored twice in added time in the second half to turn what had looked a hard fought, back to basics win for the Dons into a devastating defeat.

After defeat at home to St Johnstone, Neil Warnock made four changes to the Dons’ side. In came Junior Hoilett for a first start, along with Killian Phillips, Duk and Nicky Devlin with Jack Milne, Jamie McGrath, Leighton Clarkson and Jonny Hayes starting from the bench, Ryan Duncan joining them in place of the injured Jack MacKenzie.

St Mirren drew 1-1 at Ross County in midweek and named an unchanged team for the game.

It was a glorious start for the Dons, storming into the lead in the opening minute after Duk went on the rampage down the right. His pull back was half cleared but it was collected by Connor Barron who controlled it 30 yards out and then arrowed a shot into the top corner, a fabulous goal.

Tanser was the biggest threat for the home side, getting away down their left and putting in a few inviting centres, but the Dons dealt with them comfortably enough in the opening exchanges. There was an almighty scramble in the Aberdeen area on 17 minutes, Kelle Roos scooping a Jamieson header onto the post, then hooking the ball clear with his foot, St Mirren unable to tuck the ball away as the ball bounced back across goal and out for a corner.

Duk then had St Mirren worried again on 23, capitalising on a mistake by Gogic to dash into the box, Hemming pushing his shot behind at the near post.

Jamieson wasn’t far away from an equaliser on the half hour, a long pass out from Boyd-Munce at the back dropping over his shoulder. The St Mirren man produced a terrific volley from just inside the box that flashed over Roos but clipped the top of the bar on its way over. The Dons responded two minutes later, Hoilett’s near post corner finding Barron whose overhead kick just missed the target.

Ten minutes from the break, a Kiltie cross from a St Mirren short corner found Mandron at the back post, his header going wide of goal at the back post when he really should have hit the target.

Bojan Miovski was yellow carded in the final minute of the half for being late in a challenge on Hemming.

HALF-TIME: ST MIRREN 0 ABERDEEN 1

Olusanya came on for the hosts at the break, Jamieson staying in the dressing room.

It was almost another explosive start to the half by the Dons, Hoilett twisting and turning into space on the left before pointing in a decent cross that Miovski couldn’t quite get over, putting his header onto the roof of the net in the 47th minute.

Hoilett caused problems again on 54 minutes, accelerating away to centre for Stefan Gartenmann whose shot was blocked then, when the ball was worked back to him, he struck a ferocious effort at goal that Hemming did well to paw away to safety.

Bwomono had a good chance to level things up on the hour following some nice possession play down the St Mirren left. The cross came to the back post and, standing all alone, Bwomono put his shot into the side netting. It was his last act of the game as he was replaced by McMenamin, as Kiltie also made way for Ayunga. Moments later, Hoilett and Duk were replaced by McGrath and James McGarry.

Boyd-Munce was next to try his luck for St Mirren, a bit of a swinger from 25 yards out that flew over the bar in the 66th minute. Phillips did likewise two minutes later, chesting down a clearance but then volleying over from 15 yards.

Aberdeen had another great chance on 70 minutes, a free-kick, dead centre from 25 yards out. Miovski skimmed his shot underneath the wall as the St Mirren players jumped, but Hemming was equal to it. McGarry was booked a minute later for dragging McMenamin down. On 75, Miovski was played through, but the ball wouldn’t sit for him and the chance was gone.

The home side had their last throw of the dice on 82, O’Hara and Taylor replacing Bolton and Boyd-Munce. Shinnie went in the book for a foul five minutes later.

St Mirren won a free-kick right on the edge of the box on 92 minutes Devlin adjudged to have transgressed. A VAR check ensued and, after two minutes, ruled that the foul took place inside the box and a penalty was given. Pushing and shoving between the players followed, Gogic and Devlin booked, before  O’Hara stepped up and he rattled the ball into the bottom corner.

There was still time for things to get worse, for almost immediately, St Mirren broke quickly down their right, a deep cross to the back post headed back across goal by Madron, Olusanya there to prod the ball into the net.


2+1 minutes added at end 1st half.
4+7 minutes added at end 2nd half.
St. Mirren Teamsheet
Hemming, Bolton (Taylor 81), Gogic, Fraser, Bwomono (McMenamin 62), Boyd-Munce (O'Hara 81), Kwon, Tanser, Kiltie (Ayunga 62), Mandron, Jamieson (Olusanya 46) Unused Subs: Urminsky, Dunne, Brown, Scott

Bookings:  Gogic 95
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Roos, Devlin, Shinnie, Jensen, Gartenmann, Barron, Miovski, Lopes (McGarry 63), Phillips, MacDonald, Hoilett (McGrath 63).

Unused Subs: Doohan, Clarkson, Hayes, Sokler, Polvara, Duncan, Milne.

Bookings:  Miovski (45),  McGarry (71),  Shinnie (87),  Devlin (96).
Attendance: 7,019
Visitors:1,119
Venue: St Mirren Park (Greenhill Road), Paisley
Referee: Nick Walsh
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