St Mirren 1 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Paisley 2021 Stadium
Attendance: 2,792
Referee: John Beaton
St Mirren v Dumbarton, Feb 20th 2016, Paisley 2021 Stadium
St Mirren Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Lawrence Shankland (63) None.

Team Managers
Alex Rae Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Andy Webster
Jack Baird
Sean Kelly
Gary Irvine
David Clarkson
Rocco Quinn
Scott Agnew
Kyle McAllister
Calum Gallagher
Lawrence Shankland
Mark Brown
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Steven Saunders
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Grant Gallagher
Jordan Kirkpatrick
Jon Routledge
Scott Taggart
Tom Walsh

Bench
Jim Goodwin
Alan Gow
Steven Thompson
Cameron Howieson
Daniel Wilks
Jordan Stewart
Nathan Flanagan
Jamie Ewings
Calum Waters
Mikey Hopkins
Donald McCallum
Kler Heh
Kevin Cawley

Substitutions
Stewart for Calum Gallagher (61)
Jim Goodwin for Scott Agnew (77)
Steven Thompson for David Clarkson (84)
Donald McCallum for Scott Taggart (69)
Kevin Cawley for Jon Routledge (80)
Kler Heh for Jordan Kirkpatrick (80)

Bookings
None. Grant Gallagher (71)
Kevin Cawley (81)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 26 apps -
Frazer Wright 19 apps -
Darren Barr 26 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 15 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 24 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 27 apps2 goals
Grant Gallagher 30 apps4 goals
Jordan Kirkpatrick 80 apps12 goals
Jon Routledge 30 apps -
Scott Taggart 48 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 5 apps -
Donald McCallum (sub) 16 apps3 goals
Kler Heh (sub) 3 apps -
Kevin Cawley (sub) 27 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tom Walsh (19 years 228 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 68 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 96 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mikey Hopkins (18 years 288 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 68 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 234 days
Domestic Players:15 (88.24 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

THEY say that the beauty of football is its unpredictability.

If that's the case, who knew that two journeys with Dumbarton across the Erskine Bridge, within a week, would be so similar?

Sons lost to St Mirren as a result of Lawrence Shankland's 63rd minute goal. There was barely anything between the sides, but the visitors all too rarely looked like finding the net themselves.

That second sentence may sound familiar - because it's exactly the same description as last week's 2-0 defeat to Morton. Two evenly-matched outfits, one of whom put chances away, the other didn't.

Dumbarton did go close at Paisley. Frazer Wright had a header cleared off the line while there was the odd other close call.

But it was not enough in an important match.

In a scrappy first half, all the action came between the 17th and 28th minutes, starting when Saints' Kyle McAllister hit the side netting with a narrow angled shot.

Sons' first opening fell to Jordan Kirkpatrick, whose shot from the edge of the area was on target, but saved.

Shankland had a shot blocked at close range by the unknowing Mark Brown, who was restored in goal. From the resulting corner, Scott Agnew put the ball straight into the net at the far post, but a free kick for a foul on the keeper saved Sons.

Then came Wright's effort which came close to breaking the duck.

His header from a corner on the right looked set to make it 1-0, but Rocco Quinn blocked on the line.

That was after 28 minutes, and it was the 62nd before either set of fans had anything to excite them again. Even then, Quinn's shot from the edge of the area was dealt with easily enough by Brown.

But 60 seconds later, after a bad break of the ball, Sons were behind. Shankland was first to find the way the ball spun and, after a couple of strides, slammed the ball out of Brown's reach.

Within another minute Clarkson almost made it 2-0 but blasted over after connecting with a cross.

Brown then kept out Agnew's deflected effort before there were signs of life upfront for Sons. Tom Walsh did well to create space for himself in the area after 74 minutes, but his shot bent wide of the far post.

The game then went into its shell again and St Mirren saw it out.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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