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St Mirren 6-2 Ayr United

Stevie Mallan scores for St Mirren
Stevie Mallan's thunderous volley started Saints' rout

Bottom side St Mirren moved within a point of Ayr United in the Championship with a drubbing of the Honest Men.

A first-half onslaught began after five minutes, when Stevie Mallan volleyed in the opener, then delivered for Gary McKenzie to head home.

Stephen McGinn tapped in a cross, before Kyle Magennis and Lewis Morgan scored either side of half-time.

Paul Cairney and Farid El Alagui grabbed consolations for Ayr, before Cammy Smith completed the rout.

The Buddies have played a game fewer than United, and boast a significantly superior goal difference.

Mallan kicked things off in style, cracking a sweet, low volley from 18 yards into Greg Fleming's bottom-right corner.

The midfielder turned provider for Saints' second, whipping in a cross for MacKenzie to bullet home, before McGinn stabbed in the third from Stelios Demetriou's delivery.

Mallan jinked past two Ayr defenders, but struck the post with his shot shortly after, but St Mirren stretched their lead eight minutes before the break, when Magennis raced onto a diagonal pass to evade keeper Fleming and fire home from an acute angle.

Lewis Morgan scores for St Mirren
Lewis Morgan blasted in St Mirren's penultimate goal, before being carried off injured

Morgan made it five seven minutes into the second half, coolly picking his spot from 18 yards out.

The 20-year-old was stretchered off injured with 20 minutes to play - the only real negative for Buddies manager Jack Ross.

Ayr staged a mini-revival in the final quarter, with Cairney, then El Alagui finding the net, but Smith bundled home number six for Saints, completing an emphatic performance that has given their Championship survival hopes a massive shot in the arm.

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "I understand my responsibility to give supporters the product on the pitch - we're doing that.

"The results and performances won't always be perfect, but as long as we play in that manner, the support will come from the stands. That's happened regularly, home and away, over the past few months.

"We're still in the most difficult position in the league, I understand that, but from where we were two or three months ago - we were dead and buried, a lot of people had written us off, we were double-figure points adrift, we're back with a real opportunity to stay in this league, which would be a terrific achievement."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "St Mirren thoroughly deserved to win and I don't think the margin flattered them. I'm not making excuses for myself, but two or three of the players are carrying injuries from the Dunfermline game and haven't trained, so that was a catch-up.

"We've got two home games coming up, and all this means is that we have to win both of them, rather than just one.

"I'm not under pressure in the slightest. If the worst comes to the worst and it happens, the chairman knows I took us up last year. That's the very last thing in my mind."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 2Demetriou
  • 15Baird
  • 6MackenzieBooked at 56minsSubstituted forWebsterat 86'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 42Magennis
  • 10MallanSubstituted forToddat 79'minutes
  • 22McGinn
  • 17MorganSubstituted forSuttonat 68'minutes
  • 16Loy
  • 11Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 4Webster
  • 5Gordon
  • 8Quinn
  • 9Sutton
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 22BalatoniSubstituted forMcGuffieat 25'minutes
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3BoyleBooked at 77mins
  • 4GilmourBooked at 41minsSubstituted forCairneyat 45'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forWardropeat 61'minutes
  • 5RoseBooked at 44mins
  • 10Forrest
  • 15El AlaguiBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 9Moore
  • 12Harkins
  • 14Cairney
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 21McGuffie
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
4,620

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 6, Ayr United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 6, Ayr United 2.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Michael Wardrope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 6, Ayr United 2. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Sutton.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 5, Ayr United 2. Farid El Alagui (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig McGuffie.

Foul by John Sutton (St. Mirren).

Michael Rose (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Andy Webster replaces Gary Mackenzie.

Booking

Farid El Alagui (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Ayr United).

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren).

Farid El Alagui (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Michael Wardrope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Josh Todd.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Stephen Mallan because of an injury.

Booking

Patrick Boyle (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Patrick Boyle (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 5, Ayr United 1. Paul Cairney (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Lewis Morgan because of an injury.

Delay in match (Ayr United).

Michael Wardrope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Patrick Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Wardrope replaces Robbie Crawford.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian311612347212660
2Falkirk31149850341651
3Morton301310739291049
4Dundee Utd3013894236647
5Queen of Sth31109124144-339
6Dunfermline30812103839-136
7Dumbarton31810134149-834
8Raith Rovers3189142942-1333
9Ayr31710143153-2231
10St Mirren3079143748-1130
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