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Development League: Dunfermline Athletic 1-4 St Mirren



The young St Mirren development squad had an impressive outing this afternoon with a 4-1 victory away to Dunfermline Athletic in a SPFL Development League match at Broadwood Stadium, a victory that sees them move clear to 3rd place in the league table.

The first half was all St Mirren as they picked up from where they left off after last week’s win against Kilmarnock, as they dominated the opening 45 minutes.

The young Saints were peppering balls into the box with Lewis Morgan on one side and Jordan Stewart and the impressive Kyle McAllister on the other putting in some great deliveries.

The experienced Pars keeper David Hutton kept the match goalless with a great save from Lewis Morgan in the early exchanges. But Saints dominance eventually showed through as they were rewarded with a fantastic finish on the edge of the box from Josh Beattie to open the scoring just after the quarter hour mark.

Ten minutes later and Saints were two-up as Jaison McGrath got on to the end of another ball into the box and finished emphatically.

Two minutes before the half-time break Barry Cuddihy made it 3-0 as his ferocious hit from outside the box flew past Hutton and into the back of the net.

Saints were forced into a change during the interval as Lewis McLear had to come off due to injury and was replaced by Nathan Flanagan who was making his Under-20 debut for Saints.

St Mirren continued to control the match and Barry Cuddihy was on target again on 64 minutes as he put Saints 4-0 up. It was Cuddihy’s last contribution to the game as shortly after he went off with a knock to be replaced by Conor O’Keefe.

Saints had the game won but Dunfermline kept working hard and got their rewards with a powerful header from another corner with ex Saint John Potter scoring as he headed home from a corner-kick.

It was too little too late for the Pars and Saints ran out deserved 4-1 winner.

St Mirren: Wilks, Morrison, Stewart, Beattie, Harrison, Whyte, Morgan, Cuddihy (O’Keefe 64), McGrath (MacPherson 88), McLear (Flanagan 46), McAllister.
Unused Substitutes: McDonald, Cameron, Willison (GK).

David Longwell said after the match: “It was a great result for us today with the boys very impressive in the first half and scoring some excellent goals.

“It’s been a great achievement for such a young team to be up to third in the table and the boys deserve enormous credit for their work rate in games as this has aided their results and impressive performances.

“There was some very good performances today and although the second half wasn’t as good they had the game won in the first forty-five minutes. To give Dunfermline credit they were good in the second half and made it difficult. But I’m delighted with the boys and another very good result.”

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