January 17, 2019

Development League: St Mirren 0-2 Falkirk

by Maryanne Orr at the Paisley 2021 Stadium

St Mirren suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Falkirk in the Development League at the Paisley 2021 Stadium this evening.

It was Falkirk who pressed first winning an early throw in by the corner flag which found its way to Mark Finlayson who couldn’t find the target.

The Bairns continued to press and Scott Shepherd found himself through on goal for Falkirk but the Saints saw it out for a comer which came to nothing.

After ten minutes, St Mirren found a good rhythm and after some neat passing the ball found Nathan Flanagan on the right wing whose attempt to play the ball in was too soft to trouble the Falkirk ‘keeper Mehmet.

The Saints next attempt came from good link up play between Alan Gow and Flanagan. Gow pounced on a defensive mistake from Falkirk and played the ball through for Flanagan whose effort flashed just wide of target.

With 20 minutes on the clock, St Mirren were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Gow stood over it and his powerful shot prompted a great save from Mehmet.

Gow continued the pressure as he cut through the Falkirk midfield before unleashing another powerful shot which flew wide.

With ten minutes left to play in the first half, the Buddies were once again thwarted by the Falkirk ‘keeper. Bairns defender, Tony Gallacher, misjudged his clearance and Flanagan was able to turn away and drive through on goal but his effort was saved.

It was moments later that Falkirk took the lead. Bob McHugh blasted the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the advantage.

Just on the stroke of half time, Gow had a chance to equalise as he broke forward but his shot was high and over as the referee signalled for the break.

Early in the second half, Flanagan played the ball over and it was met at the back post by Kyle McAllister, who from close range hit it over the bar.

Then just three minutes into the second half, Falkirk doubled their lead. McHugh turned provider this time as Scott Shepherd got the goal.

St Mirren’s best chance in the second half fell to Flanagan who worked well to find himself through on goal. However, after taking too long over the shot Mehmet was able to collect.

A number of changes for St Mirren saw Dylan Pooler, Conor O’Keefe and Ross Cameron introduced.

With four minutes left to play, Alan Gow stood over a free kick in a dangerous area which fell for Jim Goodwin who blasted it against the Falkirk defence.

The last chance for the Saints saw Pooler cross the ball and after it pinged around the penalty area was ultimately saw out for a goal kick as the game finished St Mirren 0-2 Falkirk.

St Mirren: Willison, Morrison, Beattie, McDonald, Naismith (Pooler 62), Goodwin, McAllister (O’Keefe 76), Carswell, Flanagan, Gow, Howieson (Cameron 83).
Unused Substitutes: Wilson, Harrison.

Match report pictures © John Millar.