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St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen: Stunning Ronan strike earns rare home win

Connor Ronan ended St Mirren’s four-month wait for a home win as his stunning finish sent listless Aberdeen to Scottish Premiership defeat.

The Irish midfielder lit up a turgid contest by arcing a fabulous angled strike beyond Joe Lewis.

The second-half winner continued St Mirren’s revival, with back-to-back league victories lifting them eighth.

The visitors – who had 68% possession but no cutting edge – stay sixth having blown the chance to go fourth.

After an 11-game winless run St Mirren are thriving again with three victories in a row in all competitions, and something about Aberdeen brings out the best in them.

The Paisley men’s only other home Premiership triumph this season came against the Pittodrie side in September and Ronan – the double hero that day – again emerged the match-winner.

This time Aberdeen came to Paisley in their best form of the season – five wins and one defeat in seven – but looked ill at ease after a shaky start peppered with a litany of misplaced passes set the tone.

Dean Campbell – deputising for Jonny Hayes at left-back – was particularly jittery. Greg Kiltie ghosted past the 20-year-old to fizz in a cross that had St Mirren appealing in vain for a penalty after David Bates’ awkward clearance.

Jay Henderson blazed over and Marcus Fraser headed wide from set-pieces, while Kiltie slashed off target following another defensive lapse, but for all St Mirren’s intensive pressing and neat build-up, they failed to muster an effort on target before half-time.

Aberdeen gradually began to rouse themselves, and came close to a breakthrough as Lewis Ferguson whistled a 25-yard strike inches past the far post then Calvin Ramsay had goalkeeper Jak Alnwick at full stretch with a thunderous cross-shot.

Skipper Scott Brown also threatened an opener after the restart, looping an effort narrowly too high before having a far-post shot cleared off the line by Scott Tanser after Alnwick failed to collect a Campbell delivery.

Teddy Jenks dragged wide but the visitors never looked convincing going forward, and were beaten by a goal out of keeping with everything that had gone before.

Ronan retrieved Kiltie’s pass and, from the left edge of the penalty box, he curled a brilliant strike past the diving Lewis and into the bottom corner.

It was St Mirren’s only shot on target in the entire game, but proved enough to secure a dogged and deserved victory.

Aberdeen still had half an hour to mount a recovery, yet their comeback attempts were pitiful as the hosts comfortably protected the lead.

Man of the match – Connor Ronan

The midfielder deserves the acclaim for a strike fit to win any game
The midfielder deserves the acclaim for a strike fit to win any game

What did we learn?

This was unlikely to be a classic between the side who had the second worst home record in the league against the team with the third poorest away from.

So it proved, but St Mirren did enough to grind out a win secured by a memorable goal. The hosts’ excellent defensive organisation provided the platform and the work ethic throughout Jim Goodwin’s side stood out.

Jamie McGrath returned from the naughty step – the talismanic midfielder had been left out of the last two games amid speculation over his future – to put in a tireless shift and show there’s more to his game than flair.

As for Aberdeen, this was a dramatic fall in standards from last week’s compelling draw with Rangers and leaves them just three points above St Mirren.

If Stephen Glass’ men are serious about catching Hearts in third and Motherwell in fourth, these are the games they need to be winning. All their key men underperformed and with just two away league wins all campaign, it’s clear Aberdeen are a soft touch on the road.

What did they say?

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: “It was extremely tight. There wasn’t much between the two teams. Aberdeen never really caused us a great deal of problems.

“I felt at half-time it would take something special to win it. I’m delighted Connor was able to come up with that.”

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass: “It’s really disappointing. The one moment of quality was produced by a St Mirren player, we ended up getting what we deserved. It looked like a bit of a mental approach, thinking it was going to be easy.

“We gave the ball away too cheaply, too often. As a group, we’ve got to do better than that.”

What’s next?

The bottom two provide the opposition on Saturday, with Aberdeen hosting St Johnstone (15:00 GMT), while St Mirren are away to Dundee at the same time.

Player of the match

RonanConnor Ronan

with an average of 7.82

St Mirren

  1. Squad number43Player nameRonan

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  2. Squad number11Player nameKiltie

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  3. Squad number12Player nameHenderson

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  4. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy

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  5. Squad number18Player nameDunne

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  6. Squad number22Player nameFraser

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  7. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath

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  8. Squad number3Player nameTanser

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  9. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick

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  10. Squad number6Player namePower

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  11. Squad number9Player nameBrophy

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  12. Squad number21Player nameGreive

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  13. Squad number16Player nameErhahon

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  1. Squad number19Player nameFerguson

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  2. Squad number27Player nameBates

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  3. Squad number2Player nameMcCrorie

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  4. Squad number1Player nameLewis

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  5. Squad number11Player nameHedges

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  6. Squad number20Player nameJenks

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  7. Squad number16Player nameOjo

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  8. Squad number22Player nameRamsay

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  9. Squad number24Player nameCampbell

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  10. Squad number8Player nameBrown

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  11. Squad number9Player nameRamírez

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  12. Squad number33Player nameKennedy

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  13. Squad number18Player nameMcLennan

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  14. Squad number14Player nameEmmanuel-Thomas

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St Mirren

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22Fraser
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 18Dunne
  • 3TanserBooked at 90mins
  • 6Power
  • 43RonanSubstituted forErhahonat 78′minutes
  • 12Henderson
  • 11Kiltie
  • 7McGrath
  • 9BrophySubstituted forGreiveat 72′minutes


  • 2Tait
  • 8Flynn
  • 15Reid
  • 16Erhahon
  • 17McAllister
  • 20Dennis
  • 21Greive
  • 23Erwin
  • 26Lyness


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 22RamsaySubstituted forKennedyat 78′minutes
  • 2McCrorie
  • 27Bates
  • 24CampbellBooked at 70mins
  • 8Brown
  • 19Ferguson
  • 11HedgesSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 62′minutes
  • 20JenksSubstituted forMcLennanat 73′minutes
  • 16Ojo
  • 9Ramírez


  • 5Gallagher
  • 14Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 15McGeouch
  • 18McLennan
  • 25Woods
  • 29Barron
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Milne

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ross McCrorie.

  4. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Mirren).

  7. Foul by Scott Brown (Aberdeen).

  8. Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

  10. Jay Henderson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

  12. Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Offside, St. Mirren. Alan Power tries a through ball, but Jay Henderson is caught offside.

  14. Offside, Aberdeen. Scott Brown tries a through ball, but Christian Ramírez is caught offside.

  15. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Mirren).

  17. Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

  18. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Funso Ojo (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Foul by Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren).

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