Scottish Championship
St Mirren2Dundee Utd0

St Mirren 2-0 Dundee United

Lewis Morgan scores
Lewis Morgan scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season

Lewis Morgan scored twice as Scottish Championship leaders St Mirren won to move five points clear of opponents Dundee United.

United's Paul McMullan had an early penalty saved by Craig Samson.

Morgan cut in from the left to drive into the far corner for the opener just before the hour mark.

And another low strike from the 21-year-old midfielder, who is expected to join Celtic, sealed victory for Jack Ross's side.

St Mirren's fourth league win in succession gives them a bigger cushion in the race to secure the title and automatic promotion but Csaba Laszlo's Dundee United have a game in hand.

Stephen McGinn's low volley was held by goalkeeper Harry Lewis in the opening minutes but it was the Tangerines who commanded more territory in the first half.

Ian McShane was penalised for his challenge on Mark Durnan at a corner and McMullan had the chance to open the scoring from 12 yards. Samson guessed correctly by diving to his right to keep the score at 0-0.

Craig Samson saves Paul McMullan's penalty
Samson had little to do after denying Flood from the spot

McMullan's night went from bad to worse when he bore the brunt of a heavy challenge by Kyle Magennis and needed treatment before carrying on, Magennis fortunate to escape without punishment.

Scott Fraser then swept a shot wide of Samson's goal.

United captain Willo Flood picked up an injury early in the second period and he could not get close enough to Morgan as the midfielder worked his way from wide left to the edge of the D before unleashing a shot beyond Lewis.

The hosts were now in control and Flood hobbled off to be replaced by Matthew Smith, with McMullan withdrawn shortly after and James Keatings sent on to give United fresh impetus in attack.

That did not come to fruition, however, as Morgan doubled his tally for the evening and took his season's total to 12.

He received a short free-kick and lost the ball but soon got it back before finding the same corner he had with his earlier strike.

Cammy Smith should have added to the hosts' lead when he went through on goal, Lewis blocking with his legs.

It mattered little, though, and Morgan, who could be loaned back to St Mirren for the rest of the season if he completes a move to Celtic, went off to warm applause in added time as Connor O'Keefe came on.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 25Smith
  • 15Baird
  • 24Davis
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4McGinn
  • 16McShaneBooked at 64mins
  • 7Magennis
  • 11SmithSubstituted forMacPhersonat 90'minutes
  • 10MorganSubstituted forO'Keefeat 90+3'minutes
  • 27MullenSubstituted forSuttonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Buchanan
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 8Duffy
  • 9Sutton
  • 21Stewart
  • 30MacPherson
  • 31O'Keefe

Dundee Utd

  • 25Lewis
  • 3Scobbie
  • 4DurnanBooked at 77mins
  • 5Quinn
  • 17Robson
  • 16FloodSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 12StantonBooked at 55mins
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forKeatingsat 71'minutes
  • 10FraserSubstituted forAllardiceat 76'minutes
  • 11King
  • 8McDonaldBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 18Allardice
  • 19Keatings
  • 21Mehmet
  • 28Smith
  • 36Appere
  • 38Chalmers
  • 45Inglis
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
6,214

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Dundee United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Conor O'Keefe replaces Lewis Morgan.

Ian McShane (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Dundee United).

Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

Matthew Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron MacPherson replaces Cameron Smith.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Daniel Mullen.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Scott Allardice (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 2, Dundee United 0. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen McGinn following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Allardice replaces Scott Fraser because of an injury.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. James Keatings replaces Paul McMullan.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Billy King (Dundee United).

Booking

Ian McShane (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ian McShane (St. Mirren).

Paul McMullan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Matthew Smith replaces Willo Flood.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Dundee United 0. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ian McShane following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Tam Scobbie (Dundee United).

Booking

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Second Half

Second Half begins St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 0.

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren19132437221541
2Dundee Utd1811342516936
3Livingston178542822629
4Dunfermline1875634241026
5Morton177552518726
6Queen of Sth177553024626
7Inverness CT175571819-120
8Dumbarton184771525-1019
9Falkirk16187925-1611
10Brechin1703141238-263
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