The St Mirren Under-20 side steered themselves into the last eight of the Scottish FA Youth Cup with a convincing 3-1 victory against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park yesterday afternoon.
David Longwell’s youngsters battled well and took the lead shortly before half-time when Jon Scullion rattled a direct free-kick into the back of the net.
The home side pulled level on 78 minutes when Callum Robertson also scored from a free-kick. But two minutes later Saints were back in front again when Scullion hammered home his second goal of the day.
The Fifers were shortly after reduced to ten men and Saints took full advantage as on the 90th minute Scullion wrapped up his and Saints third goal of the day to book their place in the quarter-finals.
St Mirren: Dilo, Cuddihy, Stewart, Hughes, Williams, Baird, Morgan, Mallan, Reilly, Scullion, Brown.
Subs Used: Brady, Doran, McLear.
David Longwell, St Mirren’s Head of Youth Development said after the game: “The boys did really well in the first half but all they had for their efforts was a one goal lead at half-time which came from a terrifically taken free-kick by Jon Scullion. In truth we should have been three or four up by half-time.
“Our performance wasn’t as good in the second half and Raith equalised with just less than fifteen minutes left. But Jon showed his quality again with two late goals to cap off the win and his hat-trick.
“Overall the boys deserve to be in the next round and I’m delighted for them in making it to the quarter-finals of this tournament again.”
The young Saints next outing is scheduled for tomorrow evening (Tuesday 26th November) when they head to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock in a SPFL U20 League fixture. The game will kick-off at 7:00pm.
Match report pictures and match gallery pictures © John Millar.