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St Mirren v Dunfermline SPL Preview November 2011

St Mirren

After the International break Saints get down to business and welcome Dunfermline on their first visit to our new ground. With a handful of ex-saints in the ranks it will not be a new experience for some of their squad.

Saints have McGregor, Mooy & Murray still missing whilst Dunfermline have Dowie, Hardie, Cardle & Barrowman absent. Saints will hope to have better luck this time after the 0-0 draw the sides had in the first game of the season.

A midweek ‘closed doors’ against Motherwell gave some of the fringe players a chance to stake a claim and Shuggie Murray managed 60 minutes on his road back to full fitness. Plenty of tickets still available at the ticket office right up until kick off so give the Xmas shopping a miss and come down and roar on the team to hopefully another 3 points. Read more

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St Johnstone v St Mirren SPL Preview

St Mirren

Saints make the trip to Perth looking for a boost after 2 losses in the space of a week. Danny will surely be looking to give some of the fringe players a try to lift morale. Murray, McGregor & Mooy are the only absentees this week and St Johnstone are only missing Davidson & Parkin. St Johnstone are still looking for a manager after Derek McInnes headed for Bristol, and are being managed in the short term by Cleland & Morris. Let’s hope the boys can raise their game and bring back the 3 points. Read more

Hibs vs Saints Match report FT 1-2

St Mirren

Danny Lennon got his wish and must be in the running for manager of the month after his St Mirren side bounced back from a slim defeat last week to come from behind at Easter Road.

Gary O’Connor had put Hibs ahead in the 24th minute with a powerful shot across the St Mirren goal leaving Samson helpless. St Mirren fortunately got back into the match in the 41st minute due to an unfortunate error by Calum Booth. Ex Cardiff and Rangers striker Stephen Thompson slotted the ball home after Jeroen Tesselaar had raced in on goal and slipped the ball into ‘Thommo’s’ path.

Worse was to come for the hosts when Palsson dwelled on the ball and was robbed of possession by Tesselaar who threaded the ball through to the other Thomson running from midfield, who’s finishing was clinical.

Hibs seemed stunned to go in at half time behind and in the 2nd half relied on Ivan Sproule too much. St Mirren continued the game in the second half just as positively as they had finished the first half with Gary Teale pushing up beside Thompson in attack.

The Saints did tire towards the end of the game but Hibs could not capitalise on this and St Mirren return to Paisley with 3 points in the bag which, come end of the season, may prove valuable.

Hibernian 1-2 St Mirren FT (HT 1-2) O’Connor 25; Thompson 42: Thomson 45+1

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St Mirren welcome Motherwell

St Mirren

St Mirren welcome Motherwell and Michael Higdon to St Mirren Park this week. Big Higgy still goaless for the season and hopefully this continues for this game.

Saints had a blow to deal with this week with last seasons player of the year Darren McGregor out for most of the season with ligament trouble, we wish Dazza a speedy recovery.

Marc McAusland expected to take McGregor”s place in the line up this week and with Nigel Hasselbaink suspended for 2 games it will be a different attacking partnership for Danny this week. Aaron Moy,David Barron & Hugh Murray all expected to be absent this week as well which will mean that Saints will have a lot of youth players on the bench. Read more

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John Hillcoat Goalkeeping Academy 2011

The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
1.30pm—4.30pm
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,
Braehead

http://www.hillcoatgoalkeeping.co.uk/