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Buddies go third with two goal win against Inverness

St. Mirren FC 2

McLear 16' McGrath 18'

Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 0

  • Monday, 19 October 2015
  • Ralston Training Ground, Paisley.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Leading into this match, Inverness trailed St. Mirren by just the two points, having been somewhat inconsistent with their results up to this point. The Buddies on the other hand, had deservedly earned ten points from their last four matches, following a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Dunfermline Athletic back in early September.off the back of this form, St. Mirren comfortably won with two first half goals from Lewis McLear and Jaison McGrath.
 
the match was hard but fairly fought with some real meaty challenges thrown in at times from both sets of players. Thistle held their own in the centre of the park for spells, but they failed to ask questions of the home defence and relied instead on long range efforts.
 
In contrast, St. Mirren looked solid across the back and always looked dangerous when breaking toward the Inverness goal. Morgan created the first of St. Mirren’s chances when he surged down the wing, losing then regaining the ball, before crossing in for Dylan Pooler to send tamely toward the imposing Cammy MacKay.
 
Jordan Stewart then produced a decent long range strike on the Inverness goal, shortly before Morgan made a lung bursting run to create another great opportunity for the Buddies. Pooler won a challenge then played wide for Morgan and the midfielder made a strong run into the penalty area before playing the ball into the six yard box. McLear ran onto it, but mistimed his attempted strike and the match remained scoreless.
 
However, it wasn’t to remain so for long and a few moments later St. Mirren were awarded a free kick thirty five yards from the Inverness goal. The ball was sent into the penalty area and Lewis McLear headed in to take the lead.
 
Minutes later it was two, when Jaison McGrath struck a corner into the penalty area, only for it to be cleared back towards him He then struck it back towards goal to double the Paisley side's lead.
 
The goal managed to spark some life into Thistle, and immediately from the kick off, Cameron Gilchrist made his way forward sending a shot across the bow of the St. Mirren goal. This was followed by unsuccessful attempts from Ian Vigurs, Ali Sutherland, Andrew MacRea, Blair MacLennan and the Trialist. Instead having to content themselves with going into the break just the two goals down.
  • Half Time:
  • St. Mirren FC
  • 2-0
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
The second half started with the sides competing well but neither managing to find their way through to goal, sending wayward passes and failing to complete those crucial final balls. The assembled crowd were forced to wait until the fifty ninth minute before seeing something getting close to a chance, and that came from a Stewart cross to the near post, which McLear could only head straight to Mackay.
 
Chances were thin on the ground and then from a throw in, Morgan turned his marker and went off on another of those trademark runs, leaving four Thistle players in his wake. He struck the ball toward the top corner of the goal, but had to watch as Mackay sailed through the air to make a magnificent save. McLear and Pooler saw attempts go wide, then in the dying minutes, McLear had two chances saved by the Thistle keeper.
 
The three points won by the young Buddies, sees them move at least temporarily into third place in the SPFL Development League with a total of sixteen points, three points behind St. Johnstone and leader’s Celtic. St. Mirren next week travel north to face the inform St. Johnstone side, that have now won their last three and lost only once so far this season.
 
Inverness on the other hand, will be disappointed with their lack of imagination in front of the St. Mirren goal, having now slipped one place to eighth with eleven points. Next week it will be the draw specialist’s Motherwell, who face the long coach trip up to Inverness. Having been unable to find a win since last visiting the Highland’s on August 4th, when they managed to beat Ross County 4-2.
  • Full Time:
  • St. Mirren FC
  • 2-0
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC

Lineups

St. Mirren FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
1. Dan Wilks
2. Mark Morrison
3. Luke Conlon
4. Cameron MacPherson
5. Mark Barrowman
6. Darren Whyte
7. Lewis Morgan
8. Jordan Stewart
9. Lewis McLear
10. Dylan Pooler
11. Jaison McGrath
12. Reece Willison
13. Josh Beattie
14. Conor O’Keefe
15. Ross Cameron
16. Andrew McDonald
17. Kyle Magennis
18. Euan East
1. Cammy Mackay
2. Ali Stark
3. Calum Howarth
4. Lewis Horner
5. Cameron Gilchrist
6. Blair MacLennan
7. Ian Vigurs
8. Nathanial Wedderburn
9. Trialist
10. Ali Sutherland
11. Andrew MacRea
19. Daniel Hoban
12. Jamie Wilson
14. Straun MacArthur
15. Stephen Rennie
Star Player
St. Mirren FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
Lewis Morgan - Another fine display from the midfielder, made lots of strong runs and most creative player on the pitch.
Ali Sutherland - Created much of Thistle's dynamism up front when things weren't going their way.
Magic Moment
St. Mirren FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
Lewis Morgan's second half move and shot, that ended with Cammy Mackay saving.
Cammy Mackay's spectacular save from an equally good Lewis Morgan strike.
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