Match ends, St Mirren 3, Queen of the South 0.
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.
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."
- 2van Zanten
- 6GoodwinBooked at 54mins
- 9ThompsonSubstituted forReillyat 86'minutes
- 8HarkinsSubstituted forBradyat 88'minutes
- 7McGinnBooked at 47minsSubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes
Queen of Sth
- 9LyleBooked at 55mins
- John Beaton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, St Mirren 3, Queen of the South 0.
Foul by Daniel Grainger (St Mirren).
Paul Burns (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Thomas Reilly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Mitchell (Queen of the South).
Substitution, St Mirren. Anthony Brady replaces Gary Harkins.
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.
Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Steven Thompson.
Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).
Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).
Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Conor Newton.
Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by James Goodwin.
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.
Substitution, St Mirren. Sean Kelly replaces John McGinn.
James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Derek Lyle (Queen of the South).
Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.