St Mirren Under-19′s headed to Bathgate Thistle’s ground – Creamery Park – this afternoon to face their counterparts from Motherwell in a Clydesdale Bank U19 League fixture and came back home with a more than creditable 1-1 draw.
The game was played at a high tempo from start to end with chances for both sides being created in abundance.
In a pulsating first half both sides had their chances but for all that they went into the half-time interval goalless.
The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Sean Kelly scored from a well worked corner-kick to put Saints into a deserved lead. The young Saints then had two good chances to double their lead but couldn’t get the finish that was required.
Motherwell then came right back into the game and put Saints under a lot of pressure but keeper Michael McKinven did really well to protect his side’s lead with a couple of good saves, this coupled with good defending from centre backs Jason Naismith and Sean Kelly.
Unfortunately Saints couldn’t hold onto the lead and Motherwell equalised.
The home side continued to have the better of the game but the St Mirren boys defended well.
Towards the end David Longwell’s side showed great character to battle their way back into the game and should have taken the lead from Anton Brady but his header went agonisingly wide of the target.
The game continued to go from end to end and in the last seconds Saints had a chance to grab all three points when Michael Fulton was one-on-one with the Motherwell goalkeeper but it was the keeper who came out on top with a very good save.
Saints line-up: McKinven, Meechan, Cole, Owens, Kelly, Naismith, Smith, McGinn, Lamont, Fulton, Hughes.
Used subs: McAlindon, Brady, Cairns.
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