Scottish Championship
BrechinBrechin City0St MirrenSt Mirren1

Brechin City 0-1 St Mirren

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Kyle Magennis scores
Kyle Magennis scored a sensational winner for St Mirren but the Paisley side will have to wait for the title

St Mirren earned the win they needed but will have to wait to clinch the Championship title after Livingston defeated Morton to spoil the party.

Kyle Magennis smashed a fabulous early strike into the corner and at that stage things looked very good for Jack Ross' side.

Brechin battled manfully and almost earned an equaliser when Jordan Sinclair clipped the top of the bar.

Livingston scored late on to seal a 3-2 win and delay the Buddies' party.

St Mirren were far from their best, with Dylan Mackin also going close to a leveller, but the Buddies took another big step to clinching the Championship, which they can do at Tannadice on Tuesday.

They are 12 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over Livingston.

Post-match reaction

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "My overriding emotion is just pride in the players because they continue to churn out results.

"It's not an easy place to come and play, the pitch was very difficult today. There was a lot of pressure and expectation on us today and we produced again.

"We've won 13 out of our last 16 games which is a magnificent effort from the players. Really proud of them today.

"They've got to this points total and we understand how close we're getting. Today was just another step towards that for us.

"It could have happened today. It'll happen sooner rather than later.

"I have a group of players that right from the turn of the year last year when we were in relegation trouble have dealt with pressure on a weekly basis and have always responded and dealt with it.

"We should be excited by it (facing Dundee United in midweek). It's a good position to be in, certainly better than the position we were in last year."

Line-ups

Brechin

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Smith
  • 15SparkBooked at 90mins
  • 29Smith
  • 4FuscoSubstituted forLynasat 50'minutes
  • 3Dyer
  • 6Dale
  • 8GrahamSubstituted forMorrisonat 75'minutes
  • 7TappingBooked at 90mins
  • 21SinclairSubstituted forMackinat 62'minutes
  • 18OrsiBooked at 20mins
  • 10Layne

Substitutes

  • 11Watt
  • 14Lynas
  • 16Morrison
  • 19O'Neil
  • 22Mackin
  • 26Costello

St Mirren

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Samson
  • 25Smith
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 24Davis
  • 44Eckersley
  • 4McGinn
  • 7Magennis
  • 10Morgan
  • 11SmithSubstituted forReillyat 68'minutes
  • 18Flynn
  • 27MullenSubstituted forMcShaneat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Demetriou
  • 9Sutton
  • 15Baird
  • 16McShane
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Stewart
  • 29Hippolyte
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
2,447

Match Stats

Home TeamBrechinAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brechin City 0, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brechin City 0, St. Mirren 1.

  3. Booking

    Euan Spark (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Euan Spark (Brechin City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Layne (Brechin City).

  7. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Callum Tapping (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Callum Tapping (Brechin City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Euan Smith.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

  13. Post update

    Callumn Morrison (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Aron Lynas (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

  16. Post update

    Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Tapping (Brechin City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Layne (Brechin City).

  19. Post update

    Gary MacKenzie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

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

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