St Mirren end with victory
St Mirren ended a disappointing season with only their third
away victory of the campaign in the SPL as they beat Kilmarnock 3-1
at Rugby Park.
John McGinn’s opening goal was cancelled out by Kris Boyd but a
second half Paul McGowan penalty and a strike from Conor Newton two
minutes from time secured the spoils for the Buddies.
St Mirren boss Danny Lennon fielded a side that featured a
number of players destined to leave the club in the summer,
including goalkeeper Craig Samson who looks set to join
A scrappy contest came to life after 20 minutes when McGinn
opened the scoring for the Buddies, the midfielder volleying into
the bottom corner of the net from five yards after getting on the
end of Newton’s cross from the by-line.
But the lead only lasted five minutes, with Kilmarnock striker
Boyd beating the offside trap and goalkeeper Samson to the ball
before toe-poking home.
David van Zanten looked to have edged the visitors back into the
lead but his lobbed effort fell agonisingly the wrong side of the
Van Zanten also felt he should have been awarded a penalty after
Killie keeper Cammy Bell appeared to drag him down in the area but
referee Willie Collum was unmoved.
Sam Parkin, one of the contingent leaving St Mirren Park in the
close-season, should have done better with a header as both sides
struggled to create further goalscoring opportunities.
But the visitors stepped up a gear in the final 15 minutes, with
teenager Anton Brady coming off the bench to earn the penalty that
led to the second goal.
McGowan fired the spot-kick past Rangers-bound Bell after Brady
was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by fellow-19-year-old
Lee Ashcroft (75).
Newton then put the result beyond doubt as he beat three
defenders before getting away a shot that evaded Bell before
finding the back of the net.