David Longwell’s St Mirren Under-20 side fought back from a two goal deficit yesterday afternoon to earn a share of the points in a Clydesdale Bank U20 League fixture against Aberdeen at St Mirren Park.
The visitors took the lead on the quarter hour mark when Cammy Smith steered his shot beyond Saints keeper Chris Smith. Five minutes later The Dons doubled their lead when Declan McManus got onto the end of a cross from Nicky Low before completing the move with a cool finish.
The young Saints looked as if they were down and out but Chris Smith kept his side in the game with a couple of crucial saves. Then eight minutes before half-time Saints pulled themselves back into the game when Jack Smith picked up a loose pass from the Aberdeen defence then squared the ball to Jon Scullion who passed it into the empty goal.
The second half was pretty much all St Mirren but it took until two minutes into stoppage time before they got their just reward. A corner-kick was played to the back post where substitute Kieran Doran was on hand to nod the ball into the back of the net.
St Mirren: C. Smith, Meechan, Yaqub, J. McGinn, Williams, Coyle, Brown, MacGregor, J. Smith, Scullion, Brady.
Subs Used: McLear, Doran, Fulton.
David Longwell, Head of St Mirren Youth Development, said, “The boys started well against the older Aberdeen team and had a couple of clear cut chances but couldn’t produce a finish. For Aberdeen’s first goal we made a mistake in possession of the ball and their second goal came after some poor defending from us.
“We held on and big Chris Smith kept us in the game with a couple of smart saves. We managed to get back into the game with Jon Scullion’s goal just before half-time. In the second half we played a lot better as we pushed Aberdeen back and created a number of chances but couldn’t get the goal we were looking for.
“We brought on two Under-17 players; Lewis McLear and Kieran Doran who both did very well, in fact Kieran did well to score the equaliser with a header to help earn a well deserved point for the team.”
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