Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 3-2 Dundee United

Stevie Mallan scores
Stevie Mallan's free-kick put St Mirren 2-1 up

St Mirren moved to within a point of Ayr at the bottom of the Scottish Championship and put another dent in Dundee United's promotion hopes.

Harry Davis struck early on to put the Buddies ahead against United.

Tony Andreu equalised but Stevie Mallan's free-kick restored St Mirren's lead before the break.

And Lewis Morgan's close-range effort in the second period gave the Paisley side a cushion, with Andreu pulling one back for the visitors.

St Mirren and Dundee United will meet again on 25 March in the Challenge Cup final at Fir Park.

St Mirren celebrate
Morgan (right) scored after being called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad

Manager Jack Ross guided the Buddies to their first win since 1 March and also cut the gap on eighth-placed Raith Rovers to four points, while Ayr have a game in hand.

The hosts were ahead with less than two minutes on the clock. William Edjenguele handled and Mallan's set-piece delivery was headed into a crowded area by Rory Loy.

Defender Davis won the scramble to force the ball home and score his third goal since joining on loan from Crewe Alexandra.

The Paisley team were dominating with Billy O'Brien not even touching the ball but the goalkeeper was soon picking it out of his net after Andreu found himself unmarked and had a simple job of levelling with a low shot.

Tony Andreu celebrates
Andreu (right) briefly brought United level and later scored a consolation

St Mirren regained the lead with a phenomenal free-kick from Mallan. Right-footed from the left side 30 yards out, he shaped to play in a cross but then whipped the ball in at Cammy Bell's right post.

It was a ridiculous piece of skill which deserved witnessing by more than a disappointing attendance of 2,766.

Both teams sustained first-half injury problems. Thomas Mikkelsen, who later headed off the post, replaced Scott Fraser for United and goalscorer Davis was taken off on a stretcher with a serious kneecap injury, Jack Baird coming on.

St Mirren got their third against the run of play. After United had survived a couple of efforts on goal, the ball fell for Morgan to convert a straightforward tap-in.

But United in general, and Andreu in particular, refused to surrender the points without a fight. The on-loan Norwich City forward scored his second with a fine low drilled shot.

The hosts hung on for a vital victory that could yet help bring them Championship survival while United remain 10 points off leaders Hibernian after missing the chance to move above Greenock Morton into third.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 3Irvine
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 24DavisSubstituted forBairdat 41'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 10Mallan
  • 22McGinn
  • 16LoyBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMagennisat 68'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forStorieat 81'minutes
  • 17MorganBooked at 82mins
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Demetriou
  • 15Baird
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd
  • 42Magennis

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Durnan
  • 14EdjengueleBooked at 90mins
  • 24Robson
  • 12Telfer
  • 16FloodBooked at 45mins
  • 10FraserSubstituted forMikkelsenat 31'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 19Andreu
  • 11NichollsSubstituted forCooteat 63'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 9MurraySubstituted forvan der Veldenat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 8Murdoch
  • 18Mikkelsen
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 23van der Velden
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,766

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 3, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 3, Dundee United 2.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Tony Andreu (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Storie (St. Mirren).

Booking

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sean Dillon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Craig Storie replaces Cameron Smith.

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nick van der Velden replaces Simon Murray.

Foul by Alistair Coote (Dundee United).

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Alistair Coote (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Tony Andreu (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Booking

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 3, Dundee United 2. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Mikkelsen.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kyle Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Kyle Magennis replaces Rory Loy.

Booking

Rory Loy (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Stephen McGinn.

Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Alex Nicholls.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 3, Dundee United 1. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Smith.

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian27159342172554
2Falkirk28139648311748
3Morton26129538271145
4Dundee Utd2712873729844
5Queen of Sth2898113639-335
6Dunfermline2771193637-132
7Dumbarton2879123745-830
8Raith Rovers2878132639-1329
9Ayr27510122544-1925
10St Mirren2859142946-1724
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