St Mirren secure three points

Steven Thompson grabbed a double as St Mirren ended a poor run
of results with a 3-1 win over the Scottish Premier League’s bottom
side Dundee in Paisley.

Thompson struck on either side of a Ryan Conroy penalty, before
Dougie Imrie put the gloss on the win with his first goal for the
club against 10-man Dundee.

The victory ended a run of six straight defeats in the SPL for
Saints, who headed into this clash just a single point ahead of
today’s opponents.

The visitors had an early crack at goal when Nicky Riley
unleashed from distance and his shot dipped just over the
crossbar.

Saints then squandered a great chance to open the scoring when a
powerful shot from McGinn was spilled by goalkeeper Rab Douglas and
Guy, perfectly placed to lash home the rebound, slipped in front of
goal.

Dundee were dealt a blow when Colin Nish was shown a straight
red card after 27 minutes for a high challenge on Paul Dummett and
the striker could have few complaints about referee Willie Collum’s
decision.

St Mirren made the most of the numerical advantage and surged
into the lead four minutes later. McLean supplied a lovely pass for
Guy, who tried to round Douglas and saw his shot blocked, before
Thompson pounced to stab home the opener from close range.

Dundee set about trying to level the scoreline in the second
half and a ferocious drive from Riley stung the palms of goalkeeper
Craig Samson shortly after the re-start.

At the other end, Gary Teale rippled the side netting, before
setting up Thompson for a close-range header that produced a
wonderful one-handed save from Douglas.

Saints were left rueing those missed opportunities when Dundee
hauled themselves level from the penalty spot after 64 minutes.

Jim Goodwin was judged to have handled a Steven Milne shot and
Conroy stepped up to convert the spot-kick with confidence, leaving
Samson with no chance.

Dundee’s joy was short-lived, however, when Saints restored
their lead with 72 minutes on the clock. Teale sent an inviting
free-kick into the box where Thompson was waiting to direct a
header into the back of the net, with Douglas well beaten this
time.

There was no way back for Dundee when substitute Imrie lashed
low into the bottom corner to open his goal-scoring account for the
Paisley club with three minutes to go.