St Mirren ended a run of seven games without a win thanks to goals against Kilmarnock from two players likely to exit Paisley this summer.

John McGinn had powered a beautiful volley past Cammy Bell to give the Buddies a 20th-minute lead.

That advantage only lasted five minutes, though, with Kris Boyd poking the ball beyond Craig Samson.

But Paul McGowan scored with a 75th-minute penalty and Conor Newton weaved his way in for the third.

A deserved win for the Buddies, their first over Killie this season, ended the home side's hopes of a seventh-place finish, which they could have secured had other results also gone their way.

With more than half of St Mirren's starting line-up destined to leave the Paisley club in the coming weeks, six Buddies had an added incentive to end the season on a high and it was perhaps fitting that two of them should score.

Paul Dummett, the on-loan Newcastle United defender, did not do much for his hopes of impressing any watching scouts when he dallied on the ball, was robbed by Cillian Sheridan and Borja Perez's cross to the back post just evaded the unmarked Chris Johnston at the back post.

The opposite was the case for Dummett's fellow Magpie, Conor Newton, moments later when the midfielder's lovely cross to the back post was thrust into the roof of the net via McGinn's superbly controlled volley.

It was a moment that breathed much-needed life into an encounter that, until then, had all the hallmarks of an end-of-season affair.

The lead would not last long and Borja, who has just signed a contract extending his stay in Ayrshire, slipped the ball through to Boyd.

The Scotland striker, who will almost certainly be looking for a bigger pay cheque this summer after his brief return to the blue and white stripes, neatly tucked the ball beyond Samson, the goalkeeper who could end up at Killie after rejecting a new St Mirren contract.

McGowan, another who has turned down a new deal in Paisley, was next to play his part, cleverly setting up David van Zanten for a shot into the side-netting then firing just over the crossbar from long range.

Newton shot just over the crossbar after a powerful run into the penalty box as St Mirren dominated possession after the break.

However, a young Killie defence handled the pressure with aplomb beyond their tender years - until the second goal that is.

Ashcroft, the 19-year-old who signed a new contract in midweek, had prevented veteran Sam Parkin from marking the end of his Buddies stay with a goal while on-loan Rio Ave striker Esmael Goncalves was substituted midway through the second half.

It was an interception by his replacement, Anton Brady, that led to McGowan's penalty.

Referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot after Ashcroft stretched to tackle the 19-year-old debutant and McGowan fired past Rangers-bound goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

Newton sealed the victory when he jinked into the penalty box and squeezed a shot under Bell before supplying another cross that should have made the victory margin even more emphatic had another of several young debutants, Mo Yaqub, not half-volleyed over from six yards.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Scottish Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 1-3 St Mirren FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Boyd 25
  • J McGinn 20
  • McGowan (pen) 75
  • Newton 88

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 04 Fowler
  • 23 McKeown (Hay 80)
  • 35 Ashcroft
  • 38 O'Hara
  • 08 Clingan
  • 11 Boyd
  • 12 Sheridan (Muirhead 60)
  • 15 Perez (Kilpie 68)
  • 30 Johnston
  • 31 Davidson

Substitutes

  • 53 Jaakkola,
  • 02 Tesselaar,
  • 03 Hay,
  • 46 Kilpie,
  • 19 Ibrahim,
  • 28 Winchester,
  • 39 Muirhead

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 03 Dummett
  • 14 McAusland
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 10 McGowan (Yaqub 86)
  • 17 Mclean
  • 24 Newton
  • 19 Parkin
  • 29 J McGinn (Smith 90)
  • 77 Goncalves (Anthony Brady 54)

Substitutes

  • 12 Smith,
  • 05 Mair,
  • 33 Yaqub,
  • 34 Anthony Brady,
  • 07 Imrie,
  • 09 Thompson,
  • 28 Smith
Ref: CollumAtt: 4,428
KILMARNOCK
ST MIRREN

Possession

  • Kilmarnock 44%
  • St Mirren 56%

Attempts on target

  • Kilmarnock 1
  • St Mirren 3

Attempts off target

  • Kilmarnock 1
  • St Mirren 4

Corners

  • Kilmarnock 4
  • St Mirren 3

Fouls

  • Kilmarnock 9
  • St Mirren 3
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+1:59 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:17 Shot by Jack Smith (St Mirren) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 90:00+0:37 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 89:32 Substitution St Mirren substitution: John McGinn replaced by Jack Smith (tactical).
  • 87:52 Assist (pass) by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) from right channel.
  • 87:52 GOAL - Conor NewtonKilmarnock 1 - 3 St Mirren Goal by Conor Newton (St Mirren) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Kilmarnock 1-3 St Mirren.
  • 87:00 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 86:43 Shot by Mo Yaqub (St Mirren) volleyed left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 85:10 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Paul McGowan replaced by Mo Yaqub (tactical).
  • 85:01 Foul by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) on Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
  • 83:42 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 82:42 Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).
  • 81:44 Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Dummett (St Mirren) from left channel, passed.
  • 80:37 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 79:09 Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Rory McKeown replaced by Garry Hay (tactical).
  • 78:51 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 76:23 Cross by David van Zanten (St Mirren), foul by Sam Parkin (St Mirren) on Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 74:24 GOAL - Paul McGowanKilmarnock 1 - 2 St Mirren Placed penalty taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) (top-right of goal), scored.Kilmarnock 1-2 St Mirren.
  • 73:33 Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) on Anton Brady (St Mirren).
  • 71:28 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) to centre, header by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
  • 71:04 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 67:58 Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Borja Perez replaced by Greg Kiltie (tactical).
  • 67:54 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 65:49 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 63:38 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 63:10 Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 59:58 Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Cillian Sheridan replaced by Robbie Muirhead (tactical).
  • 59:52 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 59:22 Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).
  • 57:49 Cross by Paul Dummett (St Mirren), clearance by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).
  • 55:39 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 55:27 Cross by Kenny McLean (St Mirren), clearance by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock).
  • 55:16 Attacking throw-in by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).
  • 54:40 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 53:44 Substitution St Mirren substitution: Esmael Goncalves replaced by Anton Brady (tactical).
  • 53:33 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 53:12 Attacking throw-in by Rory McKeown (Kilmarnock).
  • 52:36 Kenny McLean (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 51:30 Shot by Conor Newton (St Mirren) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by John McGinn (St Mirren) to centre, save (punched) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 50:40 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 49:35 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 48:23 Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) on Sam Parkin (St Mirren). Free kick crossed left-footed by John McGinn (St Mirren) from left channel, clearance by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).
  • 47:39 Esmael Goncalves (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) from right channel, passed.
  • 46:12 Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from left wing, passed.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:00+1:07 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:46 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 45:00+0:27 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 44:28 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 41:53 Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
  • 40:22 Shot by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 39:29 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 37:58 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 36:53 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 35:13 Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
  • 34:36 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
  • 33:51 Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
  • 32:02 Attacking throw-in by Rory McKeown (Kilmarnock).
  • 31:34 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) to centre, clearance by John McGinn (St Mirren).
  • 30:28 Foul by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock) on Paul Dummett (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) from own half, passed.
  • 29:53 Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 29:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) to far post, clearance by Sam Parkin (St Mirren).
  • 28:04 Foul by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) on Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 26:01 Defending throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).
  • 24:15 Assist (pass) by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock) from left channel.
  • 24:15 GOAL - Kris BoydKilmarnock 1 - 1 St Mirren Goal by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren.
  • 21:29 Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) on Esmael Goncalves (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) from own half, passed.
  • 19:35 Assist (pass) by Conor Newton (St Mirren) from left channel.
  • 19:35 GOAL - John McGinnKilmarnock 0 - 1 St Mirren Goal by John McGinn (St Mirren) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Kilmarnock 0-1 St Mirren.
  • 19:09 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 17:46 Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
  • 17:15 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 16:11 Cross by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock), resulting in open play.
  • 15:13 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 14:36 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by John McGinn (St Mirren) to near post, shot by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 14:05 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by John McGinn (St Mirren) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 13:49 Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).
  • 13:12 Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) on Jim Goodwin (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) from own half, passed.
  • 13:00 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 10:21 Attacking throw-in by Rory McKeown (Kilmarnock).
  • 10:05 Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) on Sam Parkin (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Parkin (St Mirren) from right channel, passed.
  • 7:51 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 7:41 Cross by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 6:14 Foul by Borja Perez (Kilmarnock) on John McGinn (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Dummett (St Mirren) from left channel, passed.
  • 3:40 Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
  • 2:54 Goal kick taken short by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 1:58 Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) on Paul Dummett (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, passed.
  • 1:34 Cross by John McGinn (St Mirren), resulting in open play.
  • 1:09 Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).
  • 0:41 Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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