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Impressive Saints march on with victory over United

St Mirren 2

Gow, O'Keefe

Dundee United 1

Johnson
  • Sunday, 09 February 2014
  • New Western Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League
Following months of heavy rain, wind and snow, and the subsequent postponement of many fixtures, it was refreshing to enjoy a game in perfect footballing conditions such as these at Renfrew's New Western Park, where St Mirren defeated Dundee United 2-1. 
 
After a lively start to the match, it was Dundee United who had the first glimpse of goal. Jaseem Sukar's whipped an effort narrowly over the bar. United then came close again as Robson's effort was thwarted by some last ditch defending. 
 
Scott Agnew was welcomed to the SPFL Development League with a robust challenge from Jamie Robson which left him in a heap on the ground. Agnew was joined in the side by fellow first teamer Alan Gow both in search of match time. Gow very much met his match in the form of ever impressive centre back Harry Souttar, younger brother of recent Tannadice departee John. 
 
St Mirren slowly grew into the game. After an enterprising run and cross from Saints captain Jordan Stewart found Conor O’Keefe in the box he couldn’t get a clear sight of goal. 
 
Saints did though soon break the deadlock from a penalty. Jaison McGrath played in Kyle McAllister whose shot was deemed to have been handled by Cammy Ballantyne. The experienced Gow made no mistake from the spot.
  • Half Time:
  • St Mirren
  • 1-0
  • Dundee United
St Mirren started the second half a lot better, however it was the young terriers who came the closest to scoring the second goal of the game as Ballantyne’s long range effort was saved by the young Reece Willison in the Saints goal. 
 
Dundee United almost drew level once again. Justin Johnson, who proved a handful for St Mirren’s defence all afternoon, ducked and dived and managed to find an angle finishing very well, though Jordan Garden was offside. 
 
St Mirren extended their lead soon after through a fast counter attack. Kyle McAllister’s whipped cross found O’Keefe who tapped the ball home to put the hosts 2-0 up.
 
St Mirren looked to be cruising to their fifth win in six league games, but a moment of controversy gave United a glimmer of hope. Some overly physical defending in the box as the Saints defended a corner prompted the referee to award United a penalty, much to the surprise of the crowd and the players. Johnson made no mistake from the spot. 
 
Despite a fiery and frantic final five minutes, St Mirren held on to take all three points. 
  • Full Time:
  • St Mirren
  • 2-1
  • Dundee United

Lineups

St Mirren
Dundee United
Willison
Magennis
Stewart
Cuddihy
Beattie
Harrison
O’Keefe
Morrison
Agnew
McGrath
Cameron
Gow
Pooler
McAllister
Wilks
McGovern
Tumlilty
Robson
Ballantyne
Souttar
Sukar
Johnson
Smith
Morrell
Garden
Coote
Booth
Davie
McNaughton
Allardice
Ritchie
Duke
Star Player
St Mirren
Dundee United
Scott Agnew - Controlled the midfield superbly well
Ali Coote - Always looked to make something happen
Magic Moment
St Mirren
Dundee United
St Mirren's second goal, finished off with aplomb by O'Keefe, was lightening quick, counter-attacking football at its best.
Justin Johnson's mazy run and shot nearly got the visitors a crucial equaliser.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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