St Mirren came from two goals down to steal victory against Motherwell and consign bottom-placed Hearts to relegation from the Premiership.

A slow Buddies start meant Henri Anier and John Sutton were allowed easy finishes to give 'Well the lead.

Steven Thompson's volley before the break gave St Mirren hope.

But two goals in two minutes via Kenny McLean's penalty and Thompson's 16th goal of the season brought Saints a late win, moving them to 10th.

St Mirren got off to the right sort of start. From McLean's corner Darren McGregor rose highest but his header was well saved by Motherwell 'keeper Gunnar Nielsen.

Sutton's header just wide of the post was only the preamble as the visitors took the lead, and Saints played a part in their own downfall.

An attempted offside trap failed miserably to deal with a Motherwell long ball which reached Lionel Ainsworth. St Mirren 'keeper Chris Dilo came out to meet the winger but it was the wrong option and Ainsworth calmly passed to Anier who had the simple task of firing into a fairly unguarded net.

St Mirren should have equalised in the 25th minute from a corner but Jim Goodwin flashed his free header wide of the post.

And almost immediately Motherwell made it 2-0. Stevie Hammell's cross found Ainsworth and his ball back into the box was met by a stooping header from Sutton.

Soon after, he almost made it 3-0 but McGregor got a touch to the cross to send it wide. St Mirren were teetering and it was looking ominous for the Paisley side.

But suddenly the home crowd were given hope. Motherwell failed to deal with a St Mirren corner and with the ball loose in the penalty box, there was Thompson to fire home to reduce the deficit at halftime.

An injury to referee Euan Norris saw him replaced by fourth official Iain Brines for the second half.

St Mirren came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half. They pegged Motherwell back and a deflected shot from Jason Naismith went just wide. A near post header from Thompson was then well held by Nielsen.

The St Mirren striker went even closer soon after. His curling shot again clawed away by the Faroese keeper.

Motherwell responded with a double effort from Ainsworth. His first shot was comfortably saved, but his second effort from the edge of the box required a spectacular tip-over from Dilo.

Substitute Craig Moore then sprung the Saints offside trap but dragged his shot wide as Motherwell looked to secure all three points.

But with five minutes to play St Mirren won a penalty. A header from Thompson was judged to have struck the arm of Stephen McManus and up stepped McLean who calmly slotted home.

And just after that St Mirren Park erupted. A loose ball in the box found the feet of Thompson and the big striker was at an acute angle but somehow his shot found the net, and the noise inside the stadium was deafening.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

St Mirren

  • 30 Dilo
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 06 Goodwin Booked (Teale - 74' )
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland
  • 24 Newton (Magennis - 54' )
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan (Wylde - 22' )
  • 07 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 12 Campbell
  • 16 Magennis
  • 21 Teale
  • 39 Wylde
  • 40 Mathers
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba

Motherwell

  • 12 Nielsen
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 Hammell
  • 14 Lasley
  • 20 Kerr
  • 06 McManus
  • 25 Ainsworth (Francis-Angol - 80' )
  • 26 Leitch
  • 24 Anier (Moore - 71' )
  • 09 Sutton
  • 11 Vigurs

Substitutes

  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 19 Erwin
  • 21 Stewart
  • 22 Moore
  • 23 Murray
  • 30 Thomas
  • 34 Cadden
Ref: Euan Norris
Att: 4,377

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

6 4

Corners

12 4

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 3, Motherwell 2.

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 3, Motherwell 2.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Reid.

90:00 +1:29

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Reid.

90:00 +0:46

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:46

Foul by Fraser Kerr (Motherwell).

86:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 3, Motherwell 2. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

85:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Motherwell 2. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

84:51

Penalty conceded by Steven Hammell (Motherwell) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

83:36

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

83:36

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:53

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

82:53

Craig Reid (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:39

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

81:39

Jack Leitch (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

78:30

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:30

Foul by Craig Moore (Motherwell).

73:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces James Goodwin.

72:52

Attempt missed. Craig Moore (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

70:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Henri Anier.

68:23

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:23

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

66:38

Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:38

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

65:22

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

64:11

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

64:11

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:30 Booking

Booking James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

63:26

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

63:26

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:16

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

61:47

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:47

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

58:56

Attempt missed. Craig Reid (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

58:32

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Chris Dilo.

58:19

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

57:36

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:30

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.

56:17

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

55:46

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

53:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Josh Magennis replaces Conor Newton.

52:25

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

52:25

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:44

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:58

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

50:41

Attempt blocked. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

49:26

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:26

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

48:10

Hand ball by John Sutton (Motherwell).

46:47

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:47

Foul by Jack Leitch (Motherwell).

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 1, Motherwell 2.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 1, Motherwell 2.

44:16

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

44:16

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Motherwell 2. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren McGregor.

40:24

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Jack Leitch.

39:38

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

38:23

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

38:02

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

38:02

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:26

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:26

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

35:11

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

34:46

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

31:47

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:06

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

28:10

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

26:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 0, Motherwell 2. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth.

25:10

Attempt missed. James Goodwin (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:40

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Reid.

22:51

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

22:51

Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Paul McGowan because of an injury.

18:20

Jack Leitch (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:20

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

16:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 0, Motherwell 1. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth with a cross.

13:55

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

12:27

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

11:27

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

5:20

Foul by Jack Leitch (Motherwell).

5:20

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:52

Attempt missed. James Goodwin (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

4:31

Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

3:51

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

1:01

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:01

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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