Scottish Championship
St MirrenSt Mirren2Queen of SthQueen of the South1

St Mirren 2-1 Queen of the South

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at the Paisley 2021 Stadium
St Mirren's Stephen Mallan and Jordan Stewart (left) celebrate after Callum Tapping's own goal gave them the win
St Mirren's Stephen Mallan and Jordan Stewart (left) celebrate after Callum Tapping's own goal gave them the win

St Mirren's faint hopes of finishing fourth in the Championship were kept flickering by beating Queen of the South in Paisley.

Stevie Mallan's 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot gave Saints the lead after Darren Brownlee fouled Lawrence Shankland.

The Doonhamers equalised when Gary Oliver headed in at the back post.

But within a minute Alex Cooper's cross was turned into his own net by Callum Tapping to restore the Buddies' lead.

St Mirren now trail fourth-placed Raith Rovers by 11 points with 24 still up for grabs, while Queen of the South are eight adrift of the Kirkcaldy side.

September 2003 was the last time the Doonhamers secured an away victory against St Mirren and there was no success in this eighth attempt at taking three points from Paisley.

It was on the half-hour mark when substitute Brownlee was dispossessed by Shankland and sent the on-loan Aberdeen striker tumbling as shaped to shoot.

Referee Alan Muir pointed to the spot and Mallan despatched the penalty low into the bottom left corner.

Prior to that, Queens had hit the crossbar from Kyle Jacobs' cross-come-shot but another of his deliveries helped bring the visitors level after the break.

Oliver popped up at the back post to nod in his third of the season - all the harder to take for Saints given they had just had a Shankland goal ruled out for offside moments before.

But a minute after Oliver's leveller, St Mirren regained the lead.

Cooper scampered down the left and his low, hard cross diverted off Tapping and into the back of the net.

Alan Gow almost added another for Saints at the end, but Queen of the South's Robbie Thomson made a superb diving save.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Langfield
  • 28Irvine
  • 20Watson
  • 4Webster
  • 33Stewart
  • 22Gallagher
  • 14Mallan
  • 16AgnewSubstituted forCarswellat 90'minutes
  • 29CooperSubstituted forGoodwinat 79'minutes
  • 24ClarksonSubstituted forGowat 53'minutes
  • 25ShanklandBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Goodwin
  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 10Carswell
  • 11Howieson
  • 32Wilks
  • 37McAllister

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Thomson
  • 2KiddSubstituted forRussellat 45'minutes
  • 4Dowie
  • 6Higgins
  • 23MarshallSubstituted forBrownlieat 4'minutes
  • 28Oliver
  • 18Murdoch
  • 14Jacobs
  • 15TappingBooked at 42minsSubstituted forHilsonat 75'minutes
  • 7Harris
  • 9LyleBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 5Brownlie
  • 10Conroy
  • 11Russell
  • 16Hutton
  • 17Pickard
  • 20Atkinson
  • 21Hilson
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,888

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home3
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 1.

  3. Booking

    Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Stuart Carswell replaces Scott Agnew.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  9. Post update

    Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

  11. Post update

    Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Jim Goodwin replaces Alex Cooper.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Dale Hilson replaces Callum Tapping.