St Mirren and Hearts already knew their fate but the season did not end without incident in Paisley.

A lively draw was delivered through goals from the hosts' Conor Newton and Dale Carrick for the visitors.

With plenty of noise coming from an impressive travelling Hearts support, the mood never dipped into wistfulness.

A draw seemed fair, although the occasion was more about events off the field, with both managers out of contract in the coming weeks.

Eras were coming to an end, but nobody felt like indulging a sense of sorrow.

Hearts have long since come to terms with their demotion to the Championship, so their fans revelled in their fate. They sang about winning the Ramsdens Cup next season, about playing Cowdenbeath and, in particular, "bring on the Rangers".

Uncertainties still had to be be endured, though. Gary Locke, amongst other staff, will find out on Monday if Hearts' new owner Ann Budge wants him to continue working at the club. The supporters made their feelings clear, chanting Locke's name, but sentiment will not be the prevailing influence for Budge.

There are other reasons to persist with Locke, since the team has performed ably in recent weeks and would not have finished bottom of the league had it not been for the 15-point sanction imposed for Heart of Midlothian Football Club plc being in administration at the start of the season.

Displays were not persuasive throughout the campaign, though, even if Locke would reason that a squad full of young players will inevitably suffer inconsistencies. The same flaw undermined St Mirren's season, but Danny Lennon's team contains a core of experienced and influential players, so the focus has been more prominently on the manager's abilities.

Gary Locke and Danny Lennon

Locke and Lennon face an uncertain future at their respective clubs

There has been speculation about his future since January, when it seemed for a spell that his departure was imminent. Lennon has continued to work diligently, and he has kept his dignity as the rumours grew more persistent again once St Mirren secured their top-flight status for another season.

He remains likely to depart following a board meeting on Monday, but he would do so with his team having finished in eighth place, the second time he has guided them to that position, and their highest in 25 years.

St Mirren were strong and forceful, relying on Jim Goodwin and Newton to anchor the midfield and Kenny McLean, Gregg Wylde and Gary Teale to provide some creativity.

Hearts could not always contain them, but the visitors ought to have been less slapdash.

Callum Paterson conceded possession from a throw-in, leading to McLean shooting from distance, Jamie Macdonald parrying the shot in Hearts' goal, then Newton turning in the rebound.

There was greater satisfaction elsewhere for the visiting fans. They were ecstatic when news came through about Kris Boyd scoring for Kilmarnock at Easter Road, and so leaving Hibernian in the relegation play-off position. The songs were cruelly pointed, but sympathy is seldom the reaction to a rival's misfortune.

The team provided more commonplace reasons to cheer after the interval, when Carrick converted the rebound from Jamie Walker's shot. The game was even, then, and there seemed little chance of altering that.

St Mirren's Josh Magennis and Paul McGowan both tried with headers from close range, but their attempts were in vain.

Paterson then drew a brilliant diving save from the Buddies goalkeeper Chris Dilo, but neither side could deliver a decisive final touch.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

St Mirren

  • 30 Dilo
  • 22 Naismith (van Zanten - 92' )
  • 18 Kelly
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland
  • 21 Teale (McGowan - 62' )
  • 24 Newton Booked (McGinn - 73' )
  • 16 Magennis
  • 11 McLean Booked
  • 39 Wylde

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 07 McGinn
  • 10 McGowan
  • 12 Campbell
  • 17 Reilly
  • 28 Kello
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 12 Paterson Booked
  • 03 McHattie
  • 08 Robinson
  • 05 McGowan
  • 04 Wilson
  • 15 Holt
  • 28 Nicholson
  • 18 Carrick (Oliver - 83' )
  • 14 Walker Booked (King - 73' )
  • 17 Smith (McGhee - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Ridgers
  • 16 McKay
  • 19 King
  • 29 Oliver
  • 30 McGhee
  • 31 Beith
  • 33 Smith
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 6,311

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

5 5

Corners

8 5

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 1, Hearts 1.

90:00 +2:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 1, Hearts 1.

90:00 +1:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. David van Zanten replaces Jason Naismith.

90:00 +1:20

Attempt missed. Gary Oliver (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:04

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

88:30

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

87:15

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

85:49

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

85:17

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

85:17

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:27

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:27

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

84:01

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:01

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

83:20

Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

83:20

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

82:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Gary Oliver replaces Dale Carrick.

81:24

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

80:22 Booking

Booking Kenny McLean (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

80:12

Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:12

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

76:16

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

74:56

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

74:22

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

73:30 Booking

Booking Callum Paterson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

72:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. John McGinn replaces Conor Newton.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Jamie Walker.

69:52

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:52

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

69:28

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

69:28

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:19

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

69:00

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:05

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

67:42

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

67:42

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

66:37

Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:37

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

64:34

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:34

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

64:01

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

61:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Paul McGowan replaces Gary Teale.

58:34

Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

58:21

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

56:55

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

55:41

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:41

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

54:51 Booking

Booking Jamie Walker (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

54:37

Foul by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

54:37

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:43

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:43

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

48:54

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

47:57

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Hearts 1. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

46:42

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:55

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Jamie Walker.

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 1, Hearts 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Jordan McGhee replaces David Smith.

45:00 +0:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 1, Hearts 0.

43:52

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

43:23

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

43:23

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

42:13

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

37:32

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:32

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

36:27

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

34:08

Danny Wilson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:08

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

32:06

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

27:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Hearts 0. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

27:09

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

25:18

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:18

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

23:13

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:13

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

22:04

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:04

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

19:57

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:16

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

19:16

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:51

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

15:14

Foul by Jason Holt (Hearts).

15:14

Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:53

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:25

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

11:35

Foul by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

11:35

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

6:10

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:10

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

5:03

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

5:03

Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:30

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

3:31

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Chris Dilo.

3:15

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

2:04

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:04

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

0:36

Hand ball by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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