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Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen 2-2 St Mirren

Kenny McLean takes the plaudits from his St Mirren team-mates after netting the late leveller
Kenny McLean takes the plaudits from his St Mirren team-mates after netting the late leveller

Kenny McLean's late penalty earned St Mirren an unlikely point at Pittodrie as Aberdeen were left counting the cost of missed chances.

The Dons took a deserved 2-0 lead through goals from Mark Reynolds and Peter Pawlett.

But Callum Ball's quickfire reply and McLean's spot-kick, after Reynolds had handled, claimed a share of the points.

The result ensured the Buddies picked up just their fourth point of the season, having played eight games.

Aberdeen went into their fourth home game in 11 days looking for their fourth consecutive win. They had defeated Ross County and Inverness in the Scottish Premiership either side of a 4-0 League Cup victory over Livingston.

The early threat came from the home side with Jonny Hayes testing St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello from distance while Buddies defender Marc McAusland picked up a yellow card for a crude challenge on David Goodwillie.

St Mirren were passing the ball well enough but were not really testing goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, until defender Ash Taylor made a mistake with an attempted back-pass. Gregg Wylde raced in on goal but his tame effort was saved by Langfield.

Peter Pawlett fires home to give Aberdeen a 2-0 lead against St Mirren at Pittodrie
Peter Pawlett fires home to give Aberdeen a 2-0 lead against St Mirren at Pittodrie

Soon after the keeper was well beaten following a neat move by St Mirren, but McLean's drive from outside the area clipped the bar on its way over.

Adam Rooney had scored four goals in two games going into this one but the striker squandered a glorious chance to edge the Dons ahead, nodding wide at the far post.

Kello then did well to block David Goodwillie's close-range effort after the striker latched on to Rooney's knock down.

The hosts began to create plenty of chances and just before half-time the opener arrived. St Mirren failed to deal with a corner and after Goodwillie's back-heel was blocked, the ball broke to Reynolds and he drilled it home.

Pawlett grabbed the second after the break, smashing a shot beyond Kello when Hayes' cross eventually fell to him after Goodwillie was unable to finish.

Mark Reynolds (right) is left dejected after giving away the late penalty that allowed St Mirren to snatch a point
Mark Reynolds (right) is dejected after giving away the penalty that allowed St Mirren to snatch a point

It looked like game over, but only for a few seconds.

Slackness from Taylor allowed Wylde to race upfield and when he crossed into the area, Langfield was indecisive and Hayes hesitated, allowing Ball to finish from a tight angle.

The Dons responded to that setback by frantically chasing the third goal that would finally put the game beyond St Mirren's reach, but efforts from Shay Logan, Goodwillie and Rooney were kept out by Kello.

And with just minutes left to play, John McGinn sent a cross into the area and Reynolds handballed, leaving referee Crawford Allan with little choice but to point to the spot. McLean showed composure from the spot to put St Mirren level.

Still the chances came for Aberdeen but they were unable to find the goal their play merited.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 11Hayes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forConsidineat 70'minutes
  • 8FloodBooked at 78mins
  • 15Robson
  • 16PawlettBooked at 72minsSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 9Rooney
  • 17Goodwillie

Substitutes

  • 3Considine
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 18Low
  • 20Brown
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Murray

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAuslandBooked at 7mins
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 53mins
  • 3Kelly
  • 11Wylde
  • 14ReillySubstituted forCaldwellat 78'minutes
  • 8McLeanBooked at 58mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 16Ball
  • 10Marwood

Substitutes

  • 18Yaqub
  • 19Brown
  • 20Williams
  • 29Caldwell
  • 30Baird
  • 34Morgan
  • 46Wilks
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
10,373

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 2, St. Mirren 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, St. Mirren 2.

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Marwood (St. Mirren).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

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

Penalty conceded by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt saved. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.

Attempt blocked. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

Booking

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ross Caldwell replaces Thomas Reilly.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Andrew Considine replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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