St Mirren 3 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 3:00 PM at The Paisley 2021 Stadium
Attendance: 4,768
Referee: Kevin Clancy
St Mirren Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Lewis Morgan (26)
Lewis Morgan (48)
Ian McShane (78)
None.

Team Managers
Jack Ross Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
Gregor Buchanan
Jack Baird
Adam Eckersley
Stelios Demetriou
Stephen McGinn
Ian McShane
Liam Smith
Lewis Morgan
Cammy Smith
Gavin Reilly
Harry Lewis
Stewart Murdoch
Paul Quinn
Jamie Robson
Mark Durnan
Willo Flood
Fraser Fyvie
Billy King
Sam Stanton
Paul McMullan
Scott McDonald

Bench
Ross Stewart
Daryl Duffy
John Sutton
Jordan Fitzpatrick
Ross Stewart
Darren Whyte
Conor O'Keefe
Deniz Mehmet
Lewis Toshney
William Edjenguélé
Harvey Dailly
Archie Thomas
Scott Allardice
Patrick N'Koyi

Substitutions
Jordan Fitzpatrick for Liam Smith (86)
Darren Whyte for Lewis Morgan (89)
Ross Stewart for Gavin Reilly (90)
Patrick N'Koyi for Fraser Fyvie (65)

Bookings
Adam Eckersley (67) Paul McMullan (15)
Jamie Robson (18)
Scott McDonald (32)
Fraser Fyvie (49)
Paul Quinn (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Harry Lewis (GK) 8 apps -
Stewart Murdoch 34 apps1 goal
Paul Quinn 3 apps -
Jamie Robson 37 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 85 apps9 goals
Willo Flood 204 apps7 goals
Fraser Fyvie 4 apps -
Billy King 9 apps3 goals
Sam Stanton 9 apps1 goal
Paul McMullan 8 apps4 goals
Scott McDonald 5 apps2 goals
Patrick N'Koyi (sub) 5 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Harry Lewis (19 years 254 days)
Oldest Player:Scott McDonald (34 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 254 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Archie Thomas (18 years 50 days)
Oldest Player:Scott McDonald (34 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 301 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United’s 100% league record this season abruptly ended with a comprehensive beating against St Mirren in Paisley. United made two enforced changes from the previous week’s narrow win against Brechin City, with Willo Flood and Paul McMullan coming in for the injured James Keatings and Scott Fraser. Although St Mirren narrowly avoided relegation last season, their form in the second half of the season was magnificent, and they were fully expected to provide United with a strong challenge.

United actually started the game well, with no hint of the beating they were to receive. Although Stelios Demetriou tested Harry Lewis in the first minute with a fierce shot, United created the bulk of the early opportunities. After three minutes, former United keeper Craig Samson was forced to make a good save from Sam Stanton after a good cross from Billy King, and a minute later Samson was again forced into action, this time from a low drive from Paul McMullan. The chances continued to come, and at least in the games initial stages they were mostly for the away team. After 15 minutes, McMullan fell to the ground under little pressure in the box after a mazy run, and was booked for simulation. A minute later, Stanton was unlucky to see a first time shot deflected past the post. From the resultant corner, King played the ball to Scott McDonald who shot on the turn, which was blocked by Samson before being cleared by the home defence. However, the home side soon began to get a firm grip on the game, and as the first half wore on they began to dominate possession and create chances, as the United players struggled to have any real influence on the game. The first chance was a tame shot from Gavin Reilly which Lewis was able to save easily. Despite that, St Mirren’s first goal was not long in coming. Lewis Morgan picked the ball up in the midfield, and was allowed to run unchallenged towards the United penalty area. He was given the time and space to drill a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner of the net. As good a finish as it was, he was helped by the lack of any challenge from the United players. The goal, if anything, galvanised St Mirren and United were struggling to hang on. After 36 minutes, St Mirren were close to doubling their lead when Ian McShane hit a free kick which Lewis did well to keep out. From the rebound, Gregor Buchanan hit the post, although he was adjudged to be in an offside position as he did so. There was time for two more good St Mirren chances before half time. Firstly, Stewart Murdoch was short with a headed pass back to the keeper, and Reilly was able to intercept the pass. However, his shot was off target. And then, three minutes before half time, St Mirren hit the woodwork again, with Buchanan heading off the bar from a McShane corner.

United were somewhat lucky to go in at half time only one goal down, but any United fan expecting a reaction in the second half were to be disappointed. A mere three minutes into the half, St Mirren went 2-0 up. A clearance from the United defence landed at the feet of Lewis Morgan on the edge of the box, and he curled a wonderful left foot shot into the far top corner of the net, leaving Lewis with no chance. Soon after, a rare United chance came when Jamie Robson drove forward with the ball, but hit shot was just wide. Fraser Fyvie then missed the target from a shot outside the box as United looked for a way back into the game. However, any resistance to the St Mirren surge was brief. On the hour mark, United had another narrow escape as a volley from Stephen McGinn flew just past the post with Lewis beaten. Although McMullan hit a free kick just wide after he was fouled by Adam Eckersley, the chances continued to be mainly for the home side. With 20 minutes to go, Lewis was again forced into action from a Cammy Smith shot after more good work from Morgan. However, the third goal finally arrived with 12 minutes to go. Again, Lewis Morgan was involved, this time by making a great run on the right wing before setting up Ian McShane on the edge of the area, who was able to take his time before hitting a shot past Lewis. That was the end of the scoring, although Murdoch did have a late shot saved by Samson. If anything, the margin of victory flattered United, who were lucky not to receive a more comprehensive beating. As Ray McKinnon admitted after the game, United were simply not good enough, and could not compete with a young and hungry side who played significantly better on the day.

Match report written by Derek Keilloh

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