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Development League: Celtic 2-2 St Mirren

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Development League: Celtic 2-2 St Mirren
The St Mirren Development side scored a last gasp goal last night to earn a share of the points in a SPFL Development League fixture against Celtic at Cappielow Park.
St Mirren gave some playing time to Jason Naismith and Stuart Carswell who are both on the road back from long-term injury.
Development League leaders Celtic fielded an extremely strong side which included James Forrest, Tom Rogic, Ryan Christie and Scott Allan.
Celtic started the better of the sides as they controlled the game in the early stages but Saints defended well and slowly grew into the match.
Despite Celtic’s early pressure it was Saints who opened the scoring on 29 minutes when great pressure from Stuart Carswell won possession and then the midfielder drove through on goal before slotting the ball past Celtic keeper Ross Doohan
St Mirren came out stronger in the second half as well as limiting Celtic’s clear chances. Saints also had chances to double their lead but couldn’t find the finish that was required.
As the game reached the last six minutes Celtic popped up with the equaliser when Scott Allan found substitute Calvin Miller in the box who made it 1-1. Saints were visibly rattled and gave possession away from the restart and somehow found themselves 2-1 down with Miller scoring from outside the box.
However, credit to Saints as they regrouped and kept trying to get something from the game. And the breakthrough came in stoppage time when a challenge on Cameron Howieson led to a free-kick from 20 yards out. Alan Gow stepped up and scored a fantastic goal from the free-kick to earn Saints a well deserved point.
St Mirren: Wilks, Naismith (Morrison 30), McDonald, Carswell (Harrison 78), Cuddihy, Goodwin, McAllister, Howieson, Pooler (Cameron 70), Gow, Flanagan.
Unused Substitutes: O’Keefe, Willison (GK).
David Longwell said after the match: “I was delighted with the players work rate, effort and organisation tonight. Playing against a very strong Celtic team it was great experience for our young lads.
“It was a bit disappointing as we looked as if we would win the game but then lose two soft goals in a minute. But the players deserve enormous credit to come back and get a point. Another very good result.
“It was good to see players coming back from injury. Jason Naismith played for half-an-hour and Stuart Carswell also got an outing for most of the match.
“Our young players got so much from tonight along with the bonus of getting a good result.”
Match report pictures © John Millar.

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