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Dundee FC

Dundee 1 Kilmarnock 1: Dark Blues open top-flight campaign with draw

August 9 2014

Dundee began their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Dens this afternoon. The home side started slickly but it was their big keeper Kyle Letheren who had to pull off a superb diving save in the 8th minute to palm away a close-range header from Josh Magennis. The Dark Blues though still looked a class act and a multi-pass move ended with Gary Harkins bursting into the Killie box only to be upended by defender Mark Connolly with referee Steven McLean pointing to the spot. Connolly was less than impressed but Harkins dusted himself down and calmly slotted the penalty, sending Craig Samson the wrong way to give Dundee a 17th minute lead. Five minutes later, Dundee had a huge let off when Tope Obadeyi found himself in splendid isolation in the home penalty area and he lashed a shot from 12 yards off the underside of Letheren’s crossbar before the ball bounced away to safety. There was no such luck for the home side though in the 24th minute. Harkins conceded a free-kick just outside the right corner of his own box and Craig Slater stepped up to send a curling free-kick into the far top corner of Letheren’s net. Just seconds into the second half, Harkins embarked on a jinking run into the Killie box before hitting a shot that Samson dived to palm to safety. The keeper was called into action again shortly after with an acrobatic save to his right from a Paul McGowan 20-yard effort. Samson’s opposite number Letheren’s heart was in his mouth when he came rushing off his line to the edge of his box only to be beaten to the ball by Obadeyi but the Killie player’s weak effort on goal was cleared. In the 83rd minute, Samson pulled off possibly his best save of the afternoon to keep out a low shot from Dark Blues sub Jim McAlister. With the last kick of the game deep into injury time Peter MacDonald came agonisingly close to claiming all three points for the home side when he smacked a 20-yard free-kick off Samson’s crossbar.

Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Dundee FC

Dundee 2 Motherwell 0: Some home comfort at last for dominant Dark Blues

November 5 2016

Dundee’s long wait for their first home league win of the season is finally over. Goals by Cammy Kerr and Marcus Haber – their first competitive counters for the club – were enough to secure a priceless three points with the win also lifting the Dark Blues off the bottom of the league. Dundee boss Paul Hartley made just one change from the side that beat Hamilton last week with Kevin Gomis being recalled with Julen Etxabeguren missing out through illness. First-choice keeper Scott Bain, who missed the Accies match because of a groin strain, was fit enough to make the subs’ bench with David Mitchell continuing between the sticks. Dundee began brightly and carved out the first real opportunity in the 8th minute when Craig Wighton played in Kerr but the full-back’s shot from a tight angle flashed just past Motherwell keeper Craig Samson’s right-hand post. Mitchell was then called into action for Dundee when he had to tip a Lionel Ainsworth corner onto his bar. The home keeper then had an even bigger scare when he caught a high speculative Motherwell ball into his box at full stretch and then stumbled backwards into his own goal. It looked like the ball had definitely crossed the line but the officials decided it hadn’t and the Dark Blues breathed a collective sigh of relief. Then in the 24th minute, Motherwell striker Scott McDonald headed straight at Mitchell from an Ainsworth free-kick. The striker was left to rue that missed opportunity in the 40th minute when he was robbed of possession in the middle of the park by Kerr who drove forward before playing in Wighton. His shot was cleared off the line but Kerr followed up to gleefully slam the ball home and give Dundee the lead at half-time. Five minutes after the restart, Wighton hit a fierce rising drive from just inside the Motherwell box which Samson acrobatically tipped over with the keeper then having to be at his best again to keep out a Haber header, palming it off his crossbar. Dundee were now dominant and came close to extending their lead in the 68th minute when Kevin Holt sent a shot from the edge of the Motherwell box flashing just inches past the post after great build-up play by the Dark Blues. The home side finally did make it two in the 80th minute. Man-of-the-match Wighton burst down the left showing some outstanding strength and skill, arrowing in on goal before unselfishly cutting the ball back for Haber who smashed it past Samson. For full report, reaction and analysis, see Monday's Courier.

Angus & The Mearns

Tributes in Angus to servicemen killed in Gallipoli campaign

April 26 2015

Acts of heroism, great humanity and supreme tragedy during the Gallipoli campaign have been marked by poignant events in Tayside. During a worldwide programme of remembrance, one of the UK’s largest Anzac commemorations took place at the Western Cemetery, Arbroath, by the graves of four New Zealand airmen killed during the Second World War. That followed the unveiling of a permanent Carnoustie memorial to Petty Officer George Samson, who sustained serious injuries during the First World War campaign in the Dardanelles and is one of the town’s two Victoria Cross recipients. Both events took place against a backdrop of Anzac Day ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli beachhead on April 25 1915. The Royal Navy’s top officer in Scotland, Captain Mark Smith, described the landings as “a modern-day Trafalgar” conceived by Winston Churchill that went catastrophically wrong. In Arbroath on Sunday, Lt Col Ian Ballantyne welcomed members of the Armed Forces, service associations and dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand and home. The annual ceremony was given additional gravity by events around the world. The Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, gave the Gallipoli Address for Anzac troops who had “freely joined” the new corps following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. She said: “The politicians, the press and the pulpit proclaimed it was ‘for King and country’, and for some it was. “Like youths in every age they saw themselves as immortal; it was their mothers trying to hold back the tears and fearing the worst, and with good reason.” Special guests included Ereti Mitchell and Molly Smith of the New Zealand Society Scotland, Wing Commander Dominic Sims of the Australian Defence Force, Lieutenant Mark Douglas of the New Zealand Defence Force, David Lilly of the New Zealand High Commission, and Angus Provost Helen Oswald. The home forces were represented by a troop from 45 Commando Royal Marines, gunners from 212 Battery RA Scotland, and local cadets. On Saturday, crowds gathered by the links at Carnoustie Golf Centre to see the unveiling of a plaque to PO Samson, who was buried in Bermuda following his death at sea eight years after Gallipoli. And on the island, Depute Lord Lieutenant of Angus Dr Alexander McKendrick presented a plaque on behalf of RBLS Carnoustie with a blessing from the Rev Canon Douglas McKay expressing the “profound thanks” of those back home. On 25 April 1915, during the landing at Victoria Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, George Sampson and three others assisted the commander of their ship, HMS River Clyde. Under heavy fire he and his team mates attended to the wounded, before being dangerously wounded himself. The 26-year-old later received the rank of Petty Officer and rejoined the Merchant Navy after the war, ultimately dying of pneumonia. He is buried at St George’s Military Cemetery, in St George, Bermuda. Captain Chris Smith, the Navy’s Rosyth-based Regional Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said the battle was envisioned by Churchill and his staff as “a modern-day Trafalgar” that went catastrophically wrong. He said: “It was born out of a stalemate on the western front, the need for a diversion to relieve Turkish pressure on Russia, and the perception of Churchill and senior members of the war cabinet for the Royal Navy to make a splash.” Representing Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne said: “Despite suffering horrific injuries, George Samson survived the war and joined the merchant navy, only to die at sea eight years later from double pneumonia. “His body was brought ashore at Bermuda where he was buried with full military honours... “How fitting that George Samson VC, buried so far from home to be honoured in Bermuda today not only by the Bermudians but by a representative of his home town, while here we honour his memory with a beautiful stone that will honour his memory for years to come.” Angus Provost Helen Oswald said: “It is entirely fitting that his gallantry continues to be recognised 100 years on.” The plaque joins that of Lance-Corporal Charles Alfred Jarvis, an engineer whose acts of bravery in 1914 earned him the Victoria Cross. PO Samson’s 98-year-old son John, from Muir of Ord, attended the event with his family. Music was provided by Carnoustie High School Band, the Pipe Band of the Legion’s Arbroath Branch, and a Royal Marines bugler. The dedication was conducted by the Rev Mark Davidson. The eight-month campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula in modern-day Turkey was one of the bloodiest of the First World War and the first to involve troops from Australia and New Zealand. The allied operation was an attempt to force the Ottoman Empire out of the war. More than 130,000 men died on both sides, including 8,700 Australians and almost 3,000 New Zealanders. At dawn on 25 April 1915, thousands of allied troops launched an amphibious attack on the strategically-important Gallipoli peninsula, which was pivotal to controlling the Dardanelles strait, a crucial route to the Black Sea and imperial Russia, a key ally in the early part of the conflict.

Dundee FC

Motherwell 0 Dundee 0: Dark Blues secure well-earned point at Fir Park

August 27 2016

Dundee secured a deserved draw against Motherwell at Fir Park this afternoon. There was plenty of pleasing-on-the-eye football on show from both sides however neither team could translate that into goals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAh5WLBmLfo The big team news before kick-off from a Dundee perspective was the inclusion of new signing, French centre-half Kevin Gomis, who came in for Julen Etxabeguren, while Rory Loy was relegated to a substitute role. The home side made the better start, dominating possession and territory but it was the Dark Blues who had the first big chance of the game in the 20th minute when El Bakhtaoui hit a low, angled drive which Motherwell keeper Craig Samson could only parry. The Dundee striker pounced on the rebound but defender Ben Heneghan made a vital last-ditch intervention to block his second attempt. Motherwell’s Scott McDonald then tried his luck from 25 yards with his dipping shot flying just over Dundee keeper Scott Bain’s bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC9fe3_c_Zw For all of the Steelmen’s attractive football, overall Bain had relatively little to do and Dundee comfortably saw out the half with the teams heading in at the break with the deadlock yet to be broken. McDonald tried his luck again from long-range in the 56th minute and this time his shot was on target with Bain taking no chances, punching the ball away from goal. El Bakhtaoui then embarked on a superb solo run before hitting a shot from the edge of the home box but he dragged his effort wide. Motherwell hearts were in their mouths shortly after when Michael Duffy hit a fizzing strike from all of 30 yards with the ball flying inches past Samson’s right-hand post. The Dark Blues were now in the ascendant and Samson had to come to the rescue in the 70th minute to palm away a rising El Bakhtaoui shot. The game was poised on a knife edge but there was to be no dramatic finish with both sides having to settle for a point apiece. For full report, reaction and analysis, see Monday’s Courier.

St Johnstone

Kilmarnock 0 St Johnstone 0: One hard-earned point for hungover Saints side

August 12 2013

St Johnstone survived two woodwork strikes from former Scotland striker Kris Boyd to secure a hard-fought point at Rugby Park. Saints looking for a cure for their European hangover following their heart-breaking Europa League exit at the hands of the very ordinary FC Minsk were always in this game. They should have had a spot kick when Steven Anderson’s jersey was pulled by Boyd but they also had first post then bar to thank for keeping him and Killie out in the second half. As a result of this decent draw at a tough venue, Tommy Wright’s men sit in joint-third spot after two matches of the new Premiership. Given what they had gone through as a club over 120 minutes on Thursday night against the Belarussians, it was not surprising that Wright chose to freshen up his starting line-up. In came Gwion Edwards, Chris Millar, Brian Easton, Rory Fallon and Murray Davidson, with Garry McDonald, Nigel Hasselbaink, David Wotherspoon, Paddy Cregg and Steven MacLean all dropping down to the bench. Stevie May, the subject of transfer interest from English side Peterborough, led from the front as the Perth men looked to find a domestic cure for their European hangover. After a quiet opening 10 minutes, Saints came close when a May glancing header off an Easton free kick from the right skipped just past the post. May tried again a couple of minutes later, this time with a shot that flew over. Then at the other end keeper Alan Mannus raced from goal, only to be beaten to the ball by Paul Heffernan, although the danger was eventually cleared. A fine cross from the left from Rory McKeown on 22 minutes made its way through to Kris Boyd in front of goal but referee Willie Collum blew for handball by the former Rangers and Scotland man and the danger disappeared. With the half-hour mark passed, Killie created a decent chance to release Heffernan but as he bore down on Mannus he got the ball stuck under his feet and the opportunity was gone. Then a sweeping run down the right wing by Edwards enabled him to get a low cross over the face of goal to the inrushing Fallon, whose boot just wasn’t outstretched enough. Another great delivery from Edwards on 36 minutes did reach its target but May’s first-time strike was well saved by Killie goalie Craig Samson. Saints having just created their best chance of the game, Kilmarnock quickly followed suit with theirs as half-time approached. A fine ball into the box from Rabiu Ibrahim was met by the forehead of Heffernan and Mannus did well to stop the ball sneaking inside his far post. The visitors waited just eight minutes of the second half before making a positive substitution, taking off Easton and replacing him with Wotherspoon. A couple of minutes later, though, it was the home team on the attack and Mannus was the hero as he reached to his right to claw away a net-bound header from Darren Barr. Then Boyd slammed a shot just wide from a good position. The Perth men hit back with an attack of their own but Samson was quick off his line to cut out a Fallon cross before it reached the head of May. With 62 minutes on the clock, Tam Scobbie swung the ball over from the left and Fallon used all his height to reach the cross and send a looping header just over Samson’s bar. Saints made another change, bringing on Garry McDonald for Edwards, before May beat the offside trap, only to see his terrific ball across the face of goal go unconverted. Chris Millar then tried his luck from distance on 68 minutes without troubling Samson, before Jeroen Tesselaar of Killie became the first player to be booked for a late challenge on May. Saints had a stonewall shout for a spot kick on 75 minutes when Boyd blatantly tugged Steven Anderson’s jersey but there was no reaction from ref Collum. Killie also had a claim when Frazer Wright blocked a Gros shot with his hand. Boyd, always a threat for the hosts, ran at the St Johnstone backline three minutes later, veered left at the edge of the box, then smacked a low shot off the base of Mannus’s far post as the match threatened once again to conjure up a goal. On 83 minutes, Boyd took his frustration out on the woodwork again, smashing a shot off the bar before the ball came down on the wrong side of the line. With just two minutes to go, Heffernan’s turn and shot inside the box brought yet another fine stop out of Mannus. Both teams threw everything at each other in the closing stages but the scoreline, stubbornly, stayed blank. For more reaction from Rugby Park see The Courier or try our digital edition.

Dundee FC

Dundee’s Cammy Kerr praises team-mate’s ‘ridiculous’ talent

November 7 2016

Cammy Kerr has paid tribute to his Dundee team-mate Craig Wighton and the “ridiculous” talent he possesses. The former opened the scoring for the Dark Blues on Saturday against Motherwell but it was the latter who received the man-of-the-match plaudits after producing a mouth-watering all-round performance. Kerr, who has come up through the ranks at Dens with Wighton, admits he was not surprised by his mate’s display and he believes his confidence is sky high after starting the last two games. Kerr said: “We see it all the time in training and he has done it before in the past. “People maybe say he needs to do it more but that’s the two games he’s played now and his confidence is getting higher and higher. “I know him well enough and his talent is ridiculous. “He is a really good player and he was brilliant for us against Motherwell.” In the 40th minute against the Steelmen, Kerr robbed Scott McDonald of possession in the middle of the park then advanced before playing in Wighton. His shot was saved but Kerr followed up to gleefully slam the ball home. And everyone in the ground could see just how much it meant to him to open his account for the club. He said: “I won the ball off Scott McDonald and I just drove forward and I could hear Wighton coming down the outside of me. I played Craig in and he has done well. “Craig Samson made a good save and it fell to me. It happened so fast and I just got caught up in the celebrations. “I am delighted to score. It’s my first goal but more importantly we need to look at how good we were today as a team. Everyone was brilliant. “We started the game well and then Motherwell came into it. “To get that goal settled the nerves a little bit. “I have been dying to score and I feel that’s something I can add to my game. “Playing in the wing-back position, I am meant to get up and down, add goals, add crosses and be an attacking threat. “So to get on the scoresheet is good for me. The fans are always good with me and Craig. I can only thank them for that. “After that win last week we knew we had to go on and get another one this week. “It sets us up nicely. There is the international break now and the boys will get rested up. “But we needed the win and it was massive for us.” Dundee began brightly and carved out the first real opportunity in the eighth minute when Wighton played in Kerr but the full-back’s shot from a tight angle flashed just past Motherwell keeper Craig Samson’s right-hand post. Dundee keeper David Mitchell was then called into action when he had to tip a Lionel Ainsworth corner onto his bar. The home stopper then had an even bigger scare when he caught a high speculative McDonald ball into his box at full stretch and then stumbled backwards into his own goal. It looked like the ball had crossed the line but the officials decided it hadn’t and the Dark Blues breathed a collective sigh of relief. In the 24th minute, McDonald headed straight at Mitchell from an Ainsworth free-kick. The striker was left to rue that missed opportunity when Kerr opened the scoring. Five minutes after the restart, Wighton hit a fierce rising drive which Samson acrobatically tipped over with the keeper then having to be at his best again to keep out a Marcus Haber header, palming it off his crossbar. Dundee were now dominant and came close to extending their lead in the 68th minute when Kevin Holt sent a shot from the edge of the Motherwell box flashing just inches past the post after great build-up play by the Dark Blues. The home side finally did make it two in the 80th minute. Wighton burst down the left showing some outstanding strength and skill, arrowing in on goal before unselfishly playing in Haber who smashed the ball past Samson. Kerr admitted that he had not seen the Motherwell “goal” – and all he was concerned about was taking another vital three points. He said: “To be fair I didn’t see it at the time and I have not watched it back. “So I can’t really comment on that but we got the win and that’s the most important thing.”

St Johnstone

St Johnstone 1 Motherwell 1: Saints hindered by howler as they can only draw with Well

December 17 2016

St Johnstone had to fight their way back following a goalkeeping blunder to take a point at home to Motherwell. They conceded a terrible own goal on just 12 minutes when goalie Zander Clark deflected a cross into Saints' net. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWg8-Bx_upg However, the hosts grabbed a deserved equaliser on 61 minutes when Chris Kane scored his fourth goal of the season. There was a surprise before kick-off when it emerged Saints would be without veteran central defender Steven Anderson because of illness. Also missing due to a back problem was Liam Craig, while Danny Swanson stayed sidelined through injury. Into the side came Tam Scobbie to replace Anderson, while Craig’s place was taken by Chris Millar. Motherwell were just hoping that this game lasted longer than the seven minutes it took to abandon their game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night. On five minutes, the hosts came close when Brian Easton’s low shot off Michael Coulson’s corner was deflected just the wrong side of the post. Just seconds later, Saints’ Murray Davidson looped a header over as the Perth men made the brighter start. On 12 minutes, though, the visitors took the lead against the run of play. It was a shocking goal for St Johnstone to lose and one to forget for goalkeeper Clark in particular. Louis Moult played a beautiful pass out to the right to Tait and the full-back took a touch before driving over a cross. Clark came off his line to try to grab the cross but the ball seemed to hit the back of his hand and was redirected into the net. It might seem harsh but it looked more like a Clark own goal rather than one that could be given to Tait. Davidson had a shot blocked on 18 minutes as Saints tried to battle back then Scobbie’s header was booted clear. There was good work from Richard Foster out on the right two minutes before half-time before he swung over a ball that was too easily cleared. Saints almost grabbed an equaliser in first-half injury time when Millar’s cross was headed goalwards by Steven MacLean but pushed away brilliantly by Well keeper Craig Samson. Ten minutes after the break, a cross from Joe Shaughnessy reached the centre of the Steelmen’s box and Davidson pounced and wasn’t far away. On 61 minutes, the home side pulled level with a scrappy but nonetheless welcome goal. The ball was played forward into the box after good interplay from MacLean and sub Blair Alston, who had come on for a hobbling Coulson. Kane collected then hit his initial effort against keeper Samson. The ball then spun up off Samson's body and back on to the Saints striker, from where it looped into the net. The home side had a golden chance on 83 minutes to edge ahead when Kane put Alston clean through on the Motherwell goal. He looked certain to score put he looked on in frustration as Samson got a hand to his low shot and the terrific opportunity was gone. Scott McDonald fired over for the visitors then a dangerous break by Moult was halted by the offside flag. Both teams went for it but it ended up a point apiece. Attendance: 2,836. St Johnstone: Clark, Scobbie, Millar (Paton 70), Davidson, MacLean, Wotherspoon, Shaughnessy, Coulson (Alston 44), Foster, Easton, Kane (Cummins 83). Subs not used: Mannus, Watson, Gordon, Hunter. Motherwell: Samson, Tait, Heneghan, McManus, Moult, Cadden, Lasley (Ainsworth 74), Clay, Ferguson (Lucas 59), McMillan (Bowman 82), McDonald. Subs not used: Brill, Thomas, Turnbull, Maguire. Referee: Willie Collum.

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Dundee United

St Mirren 3 Dundee United 0: Tangerines lose league unbeaten record in Paisley

August 26 2017

Dundee United lost their unbeaten record and place at the top of the Championship table after taking a pounding in Paisley by St Mirren this afternoon. The home side took the lead through Lewis Morgan with the same player making it two just after half-time before Ian McShane put the icing on the cake with a third. United huffed and puffed but simply had no answer to the moments of magic from the Buddies who thoroughly deserved their victory. United boss Ray McKinnon made two changes from the side that beat Brechin at Tannadice last week with Willo Flood being brought in along with Paul McMullan who returned from suspension with James Keatings and Scott Fraser missing out through injury. The Tangerines started on the front foot with home keeper Craig Samson tested twice in the first six minutes by shots from Sam Stanton and McMullan. United then had another opportunity in the 17th minute when McMullan sent a low corner towards Stanton with his scuffed effort flying through to Scott McDonald but the striker’s close-range shot was blocked. Shortly after, Tangerines goalie Harry Lewis had to make his first save of note when he dived to his right to keep out a shot from St Mirren’s Gavin Reilly. However, Lewis was helpless to prevent the Buddies taking the lead in the 25th minute when Morgan drove from midfield before unleashing an unstoppable low shot from 20 yards past the despairing dive of the keeper and into the back of the net. Lewis then had another big scare when he spilled a whipped-in McShane free-kick with Buddies defender Gregor Buchanan pouncing but his shot cannoned off the United post. McKinnon’s men were riding their luck and had another let-off in the 40th minute when Stewart Murdoch was short with a header, Lewis raced out only to be beaten to the ball by Reilly but he sent his effort wide with the goal at his mercy. St Mirren then hit the woodwork again when a McShane corner from the left bounced off the top of Lewis’s crossbar. United were no doubt relieved to head down the tunnel at half-time just one goal arrears. However, that relief evaporated just three minutes after the restart when Morgan doubled the home side’s advantage and his own tally with a stunning curling strike from the edge of the United penalty area that flew past Lewis. The Tangerines needed a spark from somewhere and Jamie Robson tried to provide it with a long-range effort but it sailed just over Samson’s bar. St Mirren though came close once again in the 64th minute when Stephen McGinn hit a 25-yard volley that rocketed past Lewis’s right post. However, the Buddies did make it three in the 78th minute with another superb strike from the edge of the United penalty area by McShane with the diving Lewis again having no chance. That was enough for many of the 971 away support who started heading for the exits. For full report, reaction and analysis, see Monday’s Courier.

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