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Aberdeen keep title pace with St Mirren victory

St Mirren FC 1

Stewart 89'

Aberdeen FC 3

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

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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A Lawrence Shankland double and a Cammy Smith strike ensured Aberdeen grabbed all three points at St Mirren Park to keep pace with title rivals Hamilton.
 
St Mirren substitute Jordan Stewart came on to score a tap-in with minutes remaining, but the damage had already been done to the home side.
 
The opposing teams came into this fixture with mixed fortunes; Aberdeen brimming with confidence after a 3-0 victory against St Johnstone whilst St Mirren were still reeling from a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Hamilton.
 
Aberdeen’s confidence was evident in their play as they dominated the early stages with Smith and Wright a constant threat to St Mirren.
 
The league’s leading scorer Shankland was cutting a frustrated figure after 15 minutes as his goal-bound shot was denied by stunning reflex save from Dan Wilks.
 
Midway through the first half St Mirren had their best spell of possession but without creating much in the way of chances.
 
It could have proved costly as Aberdeen then began to mount some pressure on the Buddies. If it wasn’t for Wilks, who was on hand to make a series of stunning saves, the visitors would have taken the lead. In particular, a superb double save from Smith was the pick of his involvement.
 
The breakthrough eventually came though on the stroke of half. Robertson threaded through a delightful ball for Shankland who made no mistake putting the away team in front.
  • Half Time:
  • St Mirren FC
  • 0-1
  • Aberdeen FC
As the second half began to flow St Mirren’s best chance was to come from Emmanuel Sanupe who used his electric pace to surge through on goal. His shot though was beaten away by the experienced stopper, Jamie Langfield.
 
Aberdeen quickly responded to the St Mirren pressure and on the 65th minute Smith was rewarded for his tireless efforts when the ball fell to him inside the box and he stroked the ball past the helpless Wilks to double the Dons advantage.
 
With the game sitting at 2-0 the tempo of the match began to drop. The ball began to spend much of the time in the air with both teams struggling to keep possession as the cold wind blustered its way through St Mirren Park.
 
The fresh legs of sub Francis Ross sparked Aberdeen back into life. He weaved his way down the by-line before cutting the ball back for Shankland who added his 20th league goal of the season.
 
With little time remaining the Saints were not to be dismayed by the score deficit. The lively Lewis Morgan sped down the wing before fizzing the ball across the box for a simple tap in for Stewart.
 
The result betters St Mirren’s previous 3-0 defeat against Aberdeen earlier in the season but that will provide little consolation for the Paisley team.
 
Aberdeen will look to maintain this form as this result puts them level at the top of the table going into next weeks clash away at Dundee United.
  • Full Time:
  • St Mirren FC
  • 1-3
  • Aberdeen FC

Lineups

St Mirren FC
Aberdeen FC
1. Dan Wilks
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 Sadiler
11. Lewis Morgan
20. Mark Fodden
12. Conor O'Keefe
14. Connor Murray
15. Robbie Mitchell
16. Jordan Stewart
1. Jamie Langfield
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
12. Robbie Mutch
14. Cem Felek
15. Daniel Harvie
16. Michael Jones
17. Francis Ross
18. Sam Robertson
Star Player
St Mirren FC
Aberdeen FC
Lewis Morgan - could have arguably been given to Wilks for his earlier display, but Morgan was lively through-out for the home side.
Lawrence Shankland - Hard to argue with a striker who threatened all game and grabbed a brace.
Magic Moment
St Mirren FC
Aberdeen FC
Dan Wilks' double save was great and if they'd got the draw or win, would have been much more important.
Shankland's first goal for Aberdeen. Maybe not the greatest goal, but important to get the lead on the stroke of half-time.
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