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.