St Mirren set up a Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Dundee United after defeating Queen of the South in a fourth round replay in Paisley.

Gary Harkins, in for the injured Paul McGowan, netted at the second attempt following Steven Thompson's knock-down.

A wonderful lob almost had Harkins getting a second before Derek Lyle clipped the crossbar for Queens.

But Steven Thompson doubled the Buddies' lead and Sean Kelly's first St Mirren goal added a late third.

A little bit of closure, then, for Saints manager Danny Lennon, whose side were dumped out of the Scottish League Cup by Queen of the South in August.

Their passage to a fifth round clash at Tannadice in February was relatively smooth, shooting on target many more times than their Dumfries visitors did.

Kenny McLean's fizzing strike was well kept out by Queen of the South goalkeeper Zander Clark moments before Harkins got the first-half goal.

Sean Kelly thumps in his first senior goal for St Mirren

Sean Kelly thumps in his first senior goal for St Mirren

It was McLean's perfect cross that found Thompson at the back post and the big striker headed down for Harkins to execute, even though the former Kilmarnock midfielder made a bit of a meal of doing so.

His subsequent lob from 35 yards was much classier but narrowly missed.

Jim McIntyre's Queen of the South did threaten on occasion, Lyle hitting the top of the crossbar after showing great technique to send in a shot after a half-clearance.

Iain Russell squandered a couple of good chances early in the second half before Thompson made them pay for the profligacy by re-directing Marc McAusland's deflected shot beyond Clark.

Saints goalkeeper Marian Kello was called upon to deny Lyle as the visitors tried to get themselves back in the tie.

But Kelly ensured there would be no way back for Queen of the South with a superb strike into the top corner.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon: "To go through in the manner of the three goals was particularly pleasing.

"We defended absolutely fantastically well. That's our fifth clean sheet in nine games now, so I think that emphasises how hard we are working collectively as a team.

"What they threw at us we coped with very well. Marian [Kello] had one save to make.

"Gary [Harkins] shows the true quality he has, He's never been out of my plans, it's just the boys that have come in have held the jersey.

"Delighted for Sean Kelly to get his first senior goal."

Queen of the South manager Jim McIntyre: "St Mirren were deserved winners tonight and it's a sore one because we're better than what we showed.

"I was disappointed with the way we started the game. We looked a wee bit nervous at times which has not been like us against the bigger sides in the cup.

"But credit to them, they came out after half-time and had a real go. I thought that if anyone looked like scoring, it was us, and we've been done on the counter-attack."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 27 Grainger
  • 06 Goodwin Booked
  • 14 McAusland
  • 04 McGregor
  • 24 Newton
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson (Reilly - 86' )
  • 08 Harkins (Brady - 88' )
  • 07 McGinn Booked (Kelly - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Mair
  • 16 Caprice
  • 17 Reilly
  • 18 Kelly
  • 22 Naismith
  • 26 Brady
  • 30 Dilo

Queen of the South

  • 01 Clark
  • 02 Mitchell
  • 03 Holt
  • 04 McKenna
  • 06 Higgins
  • 05 Durnan
  • 07 Burns
  • 10 Carmichael
  • 09 Lyle Booked
  • 08 McShane
  • 11 Russell

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 McGuffie
  • 15 Dowie
  • 16 Dzierzawski
  • 17 Orsi
  • 18 Slattery
  • 19 Smith
Ref: John Beaton
Att: 2,775

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

8 1

Corners

7 9

Fouls

17 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 3, Queen of the South 0.

90:00 +1:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 3, Queen of the South 0.

90:00 +1:21

Foul by Daniel Grainger (St Mirren).

90:00 +1:21

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:33

Thomas Reilly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Anthony Brady replaces Gary Harkins.

86:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 3, Queen of the South 0. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Conor Newton.

85:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Steven Thompson.

84:03

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

84:03

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:00

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:00

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

81:41

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Conor Newton.

78:41

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by James Goodwin.

78:13

Attempt saved. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Sean Kelly replaces John McGinn.

75:12

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:12

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

74:43

Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

74:00

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:58

Foul by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

73:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Queen of the South 0. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc McAusland.

69:32

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Chris Mitchell.

67:41

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

67:02

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Chris Mitchell.

65:00

(Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:58

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

64:41

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

64:28

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Zander Clark.

64:10

Attempt saved. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:35

Attempt missed. Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

60:54

Foul by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

60:54

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:11

Attempt missed. Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

59:35

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by James Goodwin.

58:09

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by John McGinn.

55:42

Attempt missed. Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:12

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

54:56

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

54:18 Booking

Booking Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

53:56 Booking

Booking James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

51:52

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

51:24

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

51:24

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:41

Foul by Gary Harkins (St Mirren).

49:41

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:00

Foul by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

48:00

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:38 Booking

Booking John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

46:20

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

46:20

(Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:22

Attempt missed. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 1, Queen of the South 0.

45:00 +0:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 1, Queen of the South 0.

44:45

Attempt missed. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

43:53

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

43:53

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:02

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

43:02

Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:23

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:23

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

41:56

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

41:22

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:22

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

39:20

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) hits the bar with a right footed shot from long range on the right.

37:53

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Zander Clark.

37:36

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

35:53

Gary Harkins (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:53

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

34:43

David van Zanten (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:43

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).

30:36

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

30:36

Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:22

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

27:24

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

26:53

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Conor Newton.

26:26

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

26:26

Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:06

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

25:06

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:12

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

22:24

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Steven Thompson.

21:29

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

21:29

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:08

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Chris Higgins.

19:55

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:18

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

18:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Queen of the South 0. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Thompson.

16:46

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Zander Clark.

16:21

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

14:23

Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).

14:23

David van Zanten (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:43

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:43

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

1:26

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:26

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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