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.