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Development League: Motherwell 1-2 St Mirren

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The St Mirren U20 side got back to winning ways this afternoon with a 2-1 win over Motherwell in a SPFL Development League fixture at the Excelsior Stadium.

In a game that was played in blustery conditions, the going was difficult but credit to St Mirren who tried to pass the ball when they could.

Saints took the lead on the 10 minute mark when Alan Gow fired home a teriffic free-kick from a tight angle.

Gow should have doubled the lead ten minutes before half-time when he blasted the ball over the bar after being the first to react to Kyle McAllister’s header that came off the post.

The second half was an even affair as both sides had chances and it was the home side who equalised on 70 minutes when poor defending from Saints allowed Jake Hastie to bundle the ball over the line.

The game looked to have swung in Motherwell’s favour but although they did get the ball into the back of the net again it was correctly chopped off for offside.

Saints showed great character to get back into the game and found the winner on 83 minutes. Good play from the returning Dylan Pooler set up Mark Morrison who finished well with a left footed volley just inside the box.

Saints held on to earn the three points and notch up their first league win since 11th January.

St Mirren: Wilks, Beattie, Irvine, Stewart, Cuddihy, Harrison, McAllister, Howieson, McGrath, Gow, Cooper.
Substitutes: Flanagan, Pooler, O’Keefe, Magennis, Morrison, Willison (GK).

David Longwell said after the match: “It was a hard game today with the conditions but the boys dealt well with this and tried to play football. At times they played some good stuff and they scored a couple of very good goals.

“I’m really pleased they got a victory after last week’s disappointment in the cup. It showed good character to bounce back.”

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