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Comfortable win for The Dons against St Mirren

St. Mirren 1

Stewart 86.

Aberdeen 3

Shankland 44, 76, Smith 65.
  • Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • St. Mirren Park, Paisley.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League.

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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The home side started this match hoping to get back on track after last week’s heavy away defeat to league leaders Hamilton Academicals at new Douglas Park, the Dandy Dons on the other hand ensured that they sat at the top of the table, level with the Accies after a thorough 3-1 victory over the Paisley side.
 
Aberdeen’s first chance came on the seventh minute when from a corner, Jamie Masson saw his shot cleared from the near post, the rebound fell kindly back at Masson’s feet, but his curling shot went inches wide of the far post. Aberdeen had by far the better of the play over the next thirty minutes, despite this they were unable to make the most of their chances.
 
The Buddies had a chance when Mo Yacoub played a nice ball down the wing for Lewis Morgan who then cut inside and ran towards the Aberdeen goal, his shot from the edge of the penalty area was well blocked by Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.
 
Aberdeen then went on to have an array of shots on the St. Mirren goal but all well saved by goal keeper Dan Wilks, which was until the forty fourth minute when the Dons struck the first of their three goals of the afternoon. Clark Robertson played a beautifully timed pass through the three man St. Mirren back line for Lawrence Shankland to hit past the keeper from six yards.
  • Half Time:
  • St. Mirren
  • 0-1
  • Aberdeen
St. Mirren started the second half with a lot more energy and had their first chance shortly after kick off when Morgan crossed to Daniel McDonald whose headed attempt on goal went well over the crossbar, Kieran Sadlier had a go from twenty yards but the ball went high and wide.
 
On fifty minutes Aberdeen’s Kieran Gibbons got shown a yellow card for his challenge on Mo Yaqub.
 
Cameron Smith made it two for Aberdeen when Shankland placed a quality pass through the flat St. Mirren defence in the sixty fifth minute for Smith to put past Wilks. The third came nine minutes later when Frank Ross ran with the ball from his own half, beat a defender and crossed for Shankland to score his second of the afternoon.
 
The Buddies finally got some reward for their efforts when in the eighty sixth minute of the match, Morgan was able to hit a low ball across the goalmouth for substitute Jordan Stewart to tuck into the back of the Aberdeen net. The Paisley men nearly had a second goal to cheer when soon afterwards Connor Murray played the ball across the face of goal, unfortunately for St. Mirren, Robbie Mitchell was unable to connect by the smallest of margins.
 
With this classy performance Aberdeen maintained their title challenge alongside Hamilton Accies and Celtic, both clubs are now on forty nine points and Celtic fifteen points behind with five games in hand. St. Mirren should not be to despondent though, they sit seventh in the league with two games in hand and have played the top two teams in consecutive weeks, there’s still a lot for them to play for.
  • Full Time:
  • St. Mirren
  • 3-1
  • Aberdeen

Lineups

St. Mirren
Aberdeen
1. Dan Wilks GK
2. Josh Beattie
3. Mo Yaqub
4. Thomas Reilly
5. Jeroen Tesselaar
6. Jack Baird
7. Emmanuel Sanupe
8. Michael Brewster
9. Daniel McDonald
10. Kieran Sadlier
11. Lewis Morgan
20. Mark Fodden GK
12. Conor O'Keefe
14. Connor Murray
15. Robbie Mitchell
16. Jordan Stewart
1. Jamie Langfield GK
2. Michael Rose
3. Clark Robertson
4. Kieran Gibbons
5. Scott McKenna
6. Lukas Culjak
7. Kalvin Orsi
8. Jamie Masson
9. Lawrence Shankland
10. Cameron Smith
11. Scott Wright
20. Robbie Mutch GK
12. Cem Felek
14. Daniel Harvie
15. Jamie Henry
16. Michael Jones
17. Francis Ross
18. Sam Robertson
Star Player
St. Mirren
Aberdeen
Dan Wilks. Fine display of saves throughout match kept St. Mirren in the game.
Lawrence Shankland. Had a role in much of the Aberdeen play and scored a couple of good goals.
Magic Moment
St. Mirren
Aberdeen
Made a quick double save and a series of good blocks all within a very short spell, could have been a very different score line otherwise.
Frank Ross's role in Aberdeen's third goal, some delightful skill started the move, beat defender, then picked out Lawrence Shankland with his cross to the near post
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