Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 2-0 Queen of the South

St Mirren's Harry Davis celebrates scoring his penalty to make it 2-0
St Mirren's Harry Davis celebrates scoring his penalty to make it 2-0

Scottish Championship leaders St Mirren extended their lead over second-placed Dundee United thanks to victory over Queen of the South.

Liam Smith scored his first goal for the club when he thumped the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

Queens conceded a penalty after John Rankin handled the ball in the area and Harry Davis converted from the spot.

With Dundee United's game against Inverness postponed, St Mirren stretched their advantage to 14 points.

St Mirren have only lost once at home in the league this season. That was back on 12 August, and they were back at home after a run of away games against a side they had beaten twice already this season.

Ryan Flynn was involved in almost creating an early opener for the home side. His pace told as he stole the ball from Queens and played a great ball to Kyle Magennis, whose effort was palmed away by Alan Martin in the visitors goal.

But, just two minutes later, St Mirren did go ahead and a brilliant strike it was too, with Smith thundering a long-range shot into the top right hand corner. After a midweek tweet from Barcelona FC in praise of Cammy Smith's goal against Dunfermline, there will surely be more global praise to come for this one.

Queens did create some chances after going a goal down.

Stephen Dobbie, looking for his 24th goal of the season, saw a curling effort go over, while the St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson was in top form, with two terrific saves to thwart Ross Ferguson and Kyle Cameron.

Queens did have the ball in the back of the net, but Cameron's shot was ruled offside.

St Mirren were soon back in control and when Adam Eckersley raced through his shot was blocked by the hand of Rankin.

Davis scored from the spot, and St Mirren could have gone 3-0 up before half time, only for Jack Baird to head just over.

The visitors did show a bit of urgency as full-time approached, captain Rankin having a shot saved by Samson.

Harry Davis scores from the spot for St Mirren
Harry Davis scores from the spot for St Mirren

Post-match reaction

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "A long long way to go for us, but it's another win, it's another three points, a total that could achieve us success and another game down. That's the way we've looked at it, the players are obviously in a good place I think that's how's in their performance level again today.

"The one criticism was at half time and the players were disappointed that they hadn't been more ruthless.

"In the second half Queens changed their shape and made it much more difficult for us, but our management of the game was good. I don't think we ever looked in any danger at really conceding.

"We don't carry as much as an attacking threat, but I when we take a step back and look at the overall 90 minutes it was a pleasing one for me as a manager."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naismith: "I'm not happy. First and foremost the better team won, St Mirren deserved to win the game, but I think we helped them.

"Our belief at the start of the game helped them, and I think we helped them with how we played generally in the first half. It wasn't what we'd worked on in training all week. We got it completely wrong compared to what we were tying to do during the week, and we have ourselves a mountain to climb really.

"They hurt us in the wide areas and I need to know why. I was really angry at half time and I didn't speak to the players too much at the end of the game because I need to see exactly who's to blame and where we can fix it.

"I thought we lacked belief in the first half I thought we lacked belief to come here and trouble St Mirren and I'll not stand for that."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 25SmithBooked at 81mins
  • 15Baird
  • 24Davis
  • 44Eckersley
  • 4McGinn
  • 7Magennis
  • 18FlynnSubstituted forHillat 88'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forMcShaneat 76'minutes
  • 10Morgan
  • 20ReillySubstituted forMullenat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Demetriou
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 9Sutton
  • 16McShane
  • 21Stewart
  • 26Hill
  • 27Mullen

Queen of Sth

  • 1MartinSubstituted forLeighfieldat 58'minutes
  • 2Rooney
  • 4Fordyce
  • 5Brownlie
  • 24MercerSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes
  • 12ThomsonBooked at 55mins
  • 8RankinBooked at 32mins
  • 6Cameron
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25Dykes
  • 18FergussonSubstituted forTodorovat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 15Todorov
  • 17Murray
  • 19Bell
  • 20Leighfield
  • 27Harvey
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
4,585

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 0.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by John Rankin.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Mark Hill replaces Ryan Flynn.

Attempt missed. Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

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

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Booking

Liam Smith (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Smith (St. Mirren).

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

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ian McShane replaces Cameron Smith.

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

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

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

John Rankin (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Nikolay Todorov replaces Ross Fergusson.

Attempt missed. Harry Davis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South).

Substitution

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

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Jack Leighfield replaces Alan Martin because of an injury.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Dom Thomas (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by John Rankin.

Attempt saved. Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins St. Mirren 2, Queen of the South 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Dom Thomas replaces Scott Mercer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren24173445242154
2Dundee Utd2212463026440
3Livingston22116536251139
4Morton2297632221034
5Dunfermline2396839281133
6Queen of Sth239683733433
7Inverness CT238693028230
8Falkirk2358102438-1423
9Dumbarton2248101530-1520
10Brechin2204181751-344
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