Scottish Championship
St Mirren2Queen of Sth1

St Mirren 2-1 Queen of the South

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Substitution

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

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

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

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South).

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

Booking

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Own Goal by Callum Tapping, Queen of the South. St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 1.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Queen of the South 1. Gary Oliver (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Jacobs with a cross.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Callum Tapping.

Foul by Gary Irvine (St. Mirren).

Alex Harris (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Alan Gow replaces David Clarkson.

Foul by Callum Tapping (Queen of the South).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers28233273185572
2Falkirk291610347222558
3Hibernian27174643241955
4Raith Rovers28126103636042
5Queen of Sth27104132536-1134
6Morton2888122933-432
7St Mirren2887132939-1031
8Dumbarton2885152648-2229
9Livingston2866162939-1024
10Alloa2935211658-4214
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