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Dumbarton 0-2 St Mirren

St Mirren captain Stephen McGinn celebrates scoring against Dumbarton
St Mirren captain Stephen McGinn scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over Dumbarton

St Mirren extended their lead at the top of the Championship to eight points with a commanding win over Dumbarton.

Cammy Smith and captain Stephen McGinn scored the goals as the visitors secured their 15th victory of the season.

The sides were still level at half-time, but Smith scored with a header early in the second half.

McGinn ensured the victory with a left-foot shot that curled into the bottom corner of the net.

With Dundee United drawing 0-0 with Dunfermline, St Mirren moved further ahead at the top, although United have one game in hand.

St Mirren enjoyed the better of the early possession and their best chance fell the way of Lewis Morgan.

St Mirren's Cammy Smith celebrates scoring against Dumbarton
St Mirren's Cammy Smith scored his 10th goal of the season against Dumbarton

Celtic's recent signing, now back on loan at the Paisley club, latched on to a pass from Cammy Smith but his left-foot strike was parried clear by the Sons 'keeper Scott Gallacher.

Gavin Reilly had two opportunities to break the deadlock. His first was created by a neat turn to get away from Dumbarton defender Andy Dowie, but his shot flew wide. His second effort saw him fail to hit the target as he connected with a Stelios Demetriou cross from the left.

The home team were content to hit on the counter attack. Tom Walsh had an effort saved by St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson, while Christian Nade fired over from 16 yards after a sweeping move on the right saw Calum Gallagher set up the chance.

Two minutes after the interval, the Buddies made the breakthrough. Demetriou delivered a cross from the left and Cammy Smith headed the visitors in front from six yards.

St Mirren manager Jack Ross at Dumbarton Stadium
St Mirren manager Jack Ross watched his side earn their 15th win of the season as they defeated Dumbarton

Reilly missed an excellent chance to increase their lead, shooting wide after good link-up-play involving Demetriou and Cammy Smith.

The second goal was delayed only a few minutes, though, as Saints' skipper McGinn sent a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net after incessant pressure.

Walsh saw a powerful left-foot strike well saved by Samson as Dumbarton rallied late on.

But this victory gives St Mirren a boost as they prepare to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup. For Dumbarton, they are now six games without a win as they head to Peterhead in the same competition.

Post-match reaction

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken: "First half we were good, but second half we shot ourselves in the foot. We lost a poor goal after two minutes and that really changed it because we couldn't get going after that. Credit to St Mirren, they ran out worthy winners.

"We've got a lot of players missing, players at the top end of the park who can hurt teams. We're working hard to bring some players in, because the effort is there and we're just missing a wee bit of quality at the top end.

"I've told the board that we've put ourselves in a good position in the league and we've still got a semi-final and the Scottish Cup next week to look forward to. If we can maybe bring one or two in to help us, that's what's needed."

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "Winning the game is always the most important thing, but I thought we played very well given that we've had difficulties at this venue before and they were the last team to beat us. The players remained patient as well, because we started the game brightly and when you don't take any opportunities in that period you can get frustrated and do things differently. They trust themselves at the moment and that was reflected in the performance.

"The pitch looks ok but when you walk across it, it's heavy and soft in the central area. The players coped with that. We'd have taken any sort of victory, but we're delighted with the manner of the performance.

"[Cammy Smith]'s return has been outstanding, in goals and assists. It's been overlooked a bit because of the attention that Lewis [Morgan] gets and Gavin Reilly's goal return as well. He's a terrifically talented young player who works very hard.

"[Stephen McGinn]'s been getting a bit of stick from the other players because we've scored a lot of goals this season and it's not like him not to score. The finish is indicative of what he's like as a player, a side-foot finish, and it was an important goal for us."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 1Gallacher
  • 2Smith
  • 4DowieBooked at 71mins
  • 55Barr
  • 22Dick
  • 6CarswellBooked at 63mins
  • 14Hutton
  • 7GallagherSubstituted forRussellat 59'minutes
  • 21HandlingSubstituted forRoyat 60'minutes
  • 10WalshBooked at 40mins
  • 27Nade

Substitutes

  • 8Wilson
  • 11Johnston
  • 15Hill
  • 17Roy
  • 19Ewings
  • 23Russell

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 25Smith
  • 15Baird
  • 24Davis
  • 2Demetriou
  • 16McShane
  • 4McGinn
  • 7Magennis
  • 11SmithSubstituted forSuttonat 87'minutes
  • 10Morgan
  • 20ReillySubstituted forMullenat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Irvine
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 9Sutton
  • 21Stewart
  • 23Flanagan
  • 27Mullen
  • 39Erhahon
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,652

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home3
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 2.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Cameron Smith.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Smith.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Hand ball by David Smith (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Andy Dowie (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Andy Dowie (Dumbarton).

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Liam Dick (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Booking

Stuart Carswell (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Daniel Mullen replaces Gavin Reilly.

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

Foul by Iain Russell (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Ally Roy replaces Daniel Handling.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Iain Russell replaces Calum Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 2. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

Attempt missed. Gavin Reilly (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Craig Barr.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Craig Barr.

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

Goal!

Goal! Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 1. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stelios Demetriou.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dumbarton 0, St. Mirren 0.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Liam Smith (St. Mirren).

Christian Nade (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren22153441231848
2Dundee Utd2112453023740
3Dunfermline2196637241333
4Livingston209653124733
5Queen of Sth218673430430
6Inverness CT228682925430
7Morton207762721628
8Dumbarton214891528-1320
9Falkirk214892034-1420
10Brechin2104171648-324
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