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St. Mirren win thrilling encounter with Motherwell

St. Mirren FC 3

McLear 36' Stewart 42' McLear 84'

Motherwell FC 2

Mackin 4' Falconer 81'

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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This game had everything a game should have. Goals. End to end attacks. Controversial incidents. Toward the end of the encounter ven had the home support howling for a Tuesday night lynching in Paisley. The match was competitive and close for most of the ninety minutes, but St. Mirren deserved their win in the end, thanks to goals from McLear and Stewart, whilst the Steelmen scored with strikes by Mackin and Falconer.
 
The win for St. Mirren, coming off the back of their victory against Rangers a fortnight ago, sees the Buddies move up to sixth place in the Development League at one point behind Hamilton Accies. Motherwell will be disappointed as they have fallen to twelfth place on seven points, in part due to their four straight draws prior to this match.
 
St. Mirren had the best of the opening encounters but it was Motherwell that opened the scoring inside five minutes with St. Mirren under no apparent pressure. The defender dawdled on the ball and was caught out in front of goal by Dylan Mackin who stole the ball and put it past the Buddies keeper from close range.
 
Both sides settled into a midfield battle until St. Mirren’s Lewis Morgan tried his luck from twenty two yards, his strike going a foot clear of the cross bar.
 
Motherwell had a spell of domination that saw them have a decent chance on twenty minutes. David Ferguson won the ball and passed out to Mackin. He then played a one-two with Ryan Watters, before crossing into the back post for Ross MacLean to head towards goal. St Mirren's Dan Wilks managed to hold comfortably though. They then went close from a Luke Watt free kick, his shot being blocked, found its way back to him before his second strike went close by the upright.
 
St. Mirren’s spark returned and they finished the half with some intent. They went close with an outrageously long effort that surprised the Well keeper from Luke Conlan and they then pulled level when Lewis McLear struck home from twenty yards on thirty sixth minutes to level the score.
 
In the closing moments of the half, Luke Conlan picked out Jordan Stewart with a perfectly placed pass that was sent past the keeper into the back of the net from ten yards to make it 2-1 to the home side.
The second half was but five minutes old when a poor clearance by the Motherwell keeper sent the ball back out to McLear. He took a chance and attempted to lob Peter Morrison while the 'keeper was off his line from around thirty five yards. It looked to be going in but it came off the cross bar and eventually into the safe hands of Morrison.
 
Motherwell then won a free kick and Luke Watt sent the ball high towards the back post. Motherwell players rose to head, but keeper Dan Wilks came off his line to punch clear for a corner. The corner was again sent high to the back post and this time Mackin rose high and headed past the post for a goal kick.
 
Then on the hour mark, things got even more interesting in an already entertaining match. St. Mirren’s Jaison McGrath was shown his second yellow within the space of five minutes. The locals were not happy and St. Mirren were now fired up for the win.
 
Against the run of play, Motherwell were awarded an indirect free kick inside the St. Mirren penalty area after the keeper was adjudged to have broken the six second rule. The referee placed the ball and Falconer quickly passed to Mackin who was challenged by Darren Whyte. The ball then spun towards goal and Falconer tapped in, leaving the crowd, players and coaching staff fuming.
 
The home support felt somewhat appeased when the Buddies broke from a ball played through to Conlan. He ran wide and saw his shot well saved by Morrison, but the ball came out for McLear to tap in from close range to give St. Mirren the lead.
 
Both sides now go on to face Dundee United in their next fixture. St. Mirren are away in a week’s time and Motherwell in a fortnight’s time at Fir Park.

Lineups

St. Mirren FC
Motherwell FC
1. Dan Wilks
2. Mark Morrison
3. Jordan Stewart
4. Barry Cuddihy
5. Luke Conlan
6. Mark Barrowman
7. Lewis Morgan
8. Scott Agnew
9. Lewis McLear
10. Kyle McAllister
11. Jaison McGrath
12. Reece Willison
13. Dylan Pooler
14. Cameron MacPherson
15. Conor O’Keefe
16. Andrew McDonald
17. Darren Whyte
18. Ross Cameron
1. Peter Morrison
2. Jack McMillan
3. Luke Watt
4. David Ferguson
5. Ben Hall
6. David Turnball
7. Ross Turnbull
8. Robbie Leitch
9. Dylan Mackin
11. Ryan Watters
14. Christopher Cadden
12. Daniel Potts
13. Adam Livingstone
14. Jake Hattie
16. Dylan Falconer
17. Josh Moore
18. Barry Maguire
Star Player
St. Mirren FC
Motherwell FC
Lewis McLear - Great all round team contribution and the scorer of two goals.
Dylan Mackin - Good opportunistic goal that led to Motherwell taking an early lead and good performance.
Magic Moment
St. Mirren FC
Motherwell FC
Luke Conlan played a fantastic ball through to Jordan Stewart that led to St. Mirren's second goal.
Dylan Falconer for taking the quick free kick and then being there to score the controversial goal that drew Motherwell level in the second half.
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