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Development League: St Mirren 2-1 St Johnstone



by James Hunter at the Paisley 2021 Stadium

The St Mirren U20s maintained their recent run of good form as goals from Barry Cuddihy and Alan Gow sealed a 2-1 win. The Buddies started the game brightly and could have been one up with just 50 seconds on the clock when Cameron Howieson’s shot curled just wide of the far post.

Howieson had another opportunity a few minutes later after a good ball from Cuddihy found the Kiwi international in the box, however he failed to get a shot away and the chance was gone.

It was that combination of Howieson and Cuddihy that created the opener for the Buddies. Howieson played a wonderful through ball that Cuddihy raced on to from midfield and smashed past Ben McKenzie in the St Johnstone goal.

St Mirren were buoyed by the goal and went close to getting a second just 4 minutes later. Jordan Stewart whipped in a free kick that was met by Alan Gow, who had risen above everyone in the box, to head goal-ward but McKenzie pushed the ball wide.

That chance to go 2-0 up would cost them after St Johnstone won a penalty a few minutes later. The Buddies could have no complaints as the St Johnstone player burst into the box and was taken out. Greg Hurst stepped up to slot the penalty out of Wilks’ reach and into the left hand corner of the net.

St Johnstone had a massive chance to make it 2-1 before the interval when a slack pass along the box found its way to Kyle Lander. The striker didn’t need an invitation to pounce but his first time shot went just wide with an unsuspecting Wilks beaten.

Goalscorer Cuddihy and Howieson combined again early in the second half when Howieson picked out Cuddihy. The midfielder had done well to make space in the box but glanced the header wide of the target.

The next ten minutes or so were scrappy with neither side creating any chances. However, on the hour mark, Alan Gow scored a cracking shot from outside the box to put the Buddies back into the lead.

The game was far from over though with St Johnstone testing Wilks on a few occasions. Firstly, Daniel Jardine had a strike from outside the box which was straight at the goalie before he was made to work again making a fantastic save to deny Connor McLaren at the back post. It looked a certainty to go in but the Englishman did well to stop it despite the offside flag being raised.

St Mirren looked to try and kill the game off and came close when substitute Ross Cameron saw a header acrobatically tipped over the bar by St Johnstone keeper McKenzie. McKenzie was made to work again with Alan Gow almost grabbing his second of the afternoon only to see McKenzie push the ball out for a corner.

In the end it was just the two goals for St Mirren as they made it four wins on the bounce and solidify their standing in third place in the SPFL Development League.

St Mirren: Wilks, Morrison, Beattie, McDonald, Harrison, Goodwin, Flanagan, Cuddihy, Gow, Howieson, Stewart.
Used Substitutes: O’Keefe, Cameron, Pooler.
Unused Substitutes: Magennis, Willison (GK).

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