Scottish Premiership
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St Mirren 2-1 Motherwell

Motherwell will require success in the play-offs if they are to secure their Premiership status for next season.

A stoppage-time Stephen Mallan goal gave already relegated St Mirren victory in their penultimate top-flight fixture for a year at least.

Substitute John Sutton had given Motherwell the lead with a penalty.

But a Jason Naismith effort came off Motherwell's Mark O'Brien before nestling in the net and Mallan's goal consigned Well to second bottom place.

Before the late goal, Motherwell had striker Scott McDonald controversially sent off for violent conduct after a challenge with Thomas Reilly.

Ian Baraclough's Well will face Hibernian, Queen of the South or Rangers over two legs in the Scottish Premiership play-off final.

St Mirren had the opening chance when Sean Kelly was left unmarked at the back post at Mallan's free-kick but the defender's shot from the edge of the six-yard box was wide.

A huge travelling away support had arrived in Paisley to get behind their side but despite their backing, Motherwell had an air of tension in their early play.

As the weather deteriorated into a rain and hale storm, Alan Gow burst clear of the Well defence and with only goalkeeper George Long to beat slotted past the post.

At the other end, McDonald and Marvin Johnson combined to set up set up Erwin but the big striker's shot was turned to safety by Kello.

Motherwell's target of having to match or better the results of Ross County and Kilmarnock seemed to be having an adverse impact on their play as they looked to take the battle to avoid the play off spot to the last week of the season.

James Dayton rattled a shot towards George Long's goal that the keeper saved and Erwin and then McDonald headed just wide for Motherwell.

Gow was carried off on a stretcher after being clattered by Stephen McManus, who was booked for the challenge.

St Mirren should have taken the lead when substitutes Lewis Morgan and Kieran Sadlier along with Dayton peppered the Motherwell goal with a series of shots in a frantic sequence. However, the visitors somehow managed to keep their goal intact.

And when Reilly was judged to have fouled Erwin inside the box Motherwell got the breakthrough from the penalty spot.

Sutton, only on the pitch seven minutes as a replacement for Marvin Johnson, scored from the 12-yard mark.

The lead was short lived as Naismith's effort combined with the inability of Long and O'Brien to keep the ball out saw the Paisley side pull level.

In the final minute of regulation time, McDonald was dismissed by referee Brian Colvin after he seemed to catch Reilly with his arm in an aerial challenge.

The drama did not end there and in the seventh minute of added time Mallan blasted home the winner from 25 yards.

S Mirren's Alan Gow is stretchered off against Motherwell
St Mirren lost Gow to injury in the second half
John Sutton scores a penalty for Motherwell against St Mirren
Sutton's penalty put Motherwell ahead
St Mirren players celebrating
Naismith (centre) levelled for St Mirren
Motherwell striker Scott McDonald is sent off by
Referee Colvin sent off McDonald late in the match
Stephen Mallan scores for St Mirren against Motherwell
Mallan netted from distance for St Mirren's winner

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 30Baird
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 17Dayton
  • 31Mallan
  • 8GowSubstituted forMorganat 71'minutes
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forSadlierat 65'minutes
  • 14Reilly
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forArquinat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Goodwin
  • 10Sadlier
  • 15Arquin
  • 34Morgan
  • 35Cuddihy
  • 46Wilks
  • 52Genev

Motherwell

  • 1Long
  • 5Ramsden
  • 15O'BrienBooked at 41mins
  • 6McManusBooked at 67mins
  • 3Hammell
  • 47GrantSubstituted forAinsworthat 59'minutes
  • 14LasleyBooked at 56mins
  • 48PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forSuttonat 69'minutes
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 90mins
  • 19Erwin

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Sutton
  • 12Twardzik
  • 18Law
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas
  • 44Straker
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
3,912

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Motherwell 1.

Yoann Arquin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Booking

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 2, Motherwell 1. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Sadlier.

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

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

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Dismissal

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Simon Ramsden.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Yoann Arquin replaces Steven Thompson.

Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Motherwell 1. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dayton (St. Mirren).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Simon Ramsden.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Penalty conceded by Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren) after a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 0, Motherwell 1. John Sutton (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Motherwell. Lee Erwin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Alan Gow because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. John Sutton replaces Marvin Johnson.

Booking

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Alan Gow (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Kieran Sadlier replaces Gregg Wylde.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37285479176289
2Aberdeen37236857322575
3Inverness CT371981052371565
4St Johnstone37159133334-154
5Dundee Utd37165165556-153
6Dundee371112144654-845
7Hamilton37148154953-450
8Partick Thistle37129164844445
9Kilmarnock37118184357-1441
10Ross County37118184462-1841
11Motherwell37105223863-2535
12St Mirren3793253065-3530
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