Scottish League Cup
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Stranraer 1-4 St Mirren

St Mirren's Lewis Morgan (centre) celebrates his goal with Ross Stewart (left) and Gregor Buchanan
St Mirren's Lewis Morgan (centre) celebrates his goal with Ross Stewart (left) and Gregor Buchanan

St Mirren manager Jack Ross is adamant he is happy at the club despite reported summer interest from Dundee.

Ross's side started the season with a 4-1 win away to Stranraer in League Cup Group H; Gavin Reilly, Ross Stewart, Lewis Morgan and Gregor Buchanan all scoring after Scott Agnew's opener.

That puts them above group favourites Partick Thistle, who lost on penalties to Livingston after a 1-1 draw.

"I really do love my job here," Ross told BBC Scotland.

"I was completely content in the job I had before I left and it was the same when I came back from holiday.

"I love the environment I work in, I've got a good relationship with the board, the chairman, I've a bond with my players. I brought players here on the basis of me being here and trying to improve them.

"We created a mood of optimism last season, we want to continue that, we want to take this club to the Premier League. When I do that I might be satisfied then."

Thistle got off to a good start against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena when Chris Erskine gave them the lead in 14 minutes.

Keaghan Jacobs scored a second half equaliser, and goalkeeper Neil Alexander saved three penalties as they earned a bonus point in the shoot-out, winning 3-1.

That means St Mirren lead Livingston by one point going into Tuesday's match between the pair.

Saints manager Ross is hopeful of signing new players as he targets promotion to the top flight.

"Promotion is the aim, it has to be," he said. "It's not being overly optimistic or arrogant, you have to have a cause and a goal.

"It's still a difficult division, we still have a big club in Dundee United, Falkirk who have competed there or thereabouts for promotion in recent years, and Inverness who have come down.

"I still think we can do with one or two [players], one in the forward area, probably one defensively, and we're working on that. But we have a good squad at present."

Line-ups

Stranraer

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Belford
  • 2Robertson
  • 6Lang
  • 5Neill
  • 3Dick
  • 22Hamill
  • 8BellSubstituted forOkohat 60'minutes
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forStoneyat 60'minutes
  • 23Thomson
  • 10Agnew
  • 9WallaceBooked at 27minsSubstituted forWoodsat 59'minutesBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 4Barron
  • 7Woods
  • 12McGowan
  • 13Currie
  • 14Okoh
  • 16Turner
  • 24Stoney

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Samson
  • 2DemetriouBooked at 85mins
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 5Buchanan
  • 3Irvine
  • 10Morgan
  • 16McShaneSubstituted forQuinnat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 4McGinn
  • 11SmithSubstituted forO'Keefeat 78'minutes
  • 19Stewart
  • 20ReillySubstituted forKirkpatrickat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Quinn
  • 9Sutton
  • 15Baird
  • 17Kirkpatrick
  • 21Stewart
  • 30MacPherson
  • 31O'Keefe
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
849

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away26
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stranraer 1, St. Mirren 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stranraer 1, St. Mirren 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Thomson (Stranraer) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Chukwunweike Okoh (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor O'Keefe (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  7. Booking

    Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren).

  9. Post update

    Daniel Stoney (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren).

  12. Post update

    Scott Agnew (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Stranraer) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren).

  15. Post update

    Chukwunweike Okoh (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary MacKenzie (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Tom Lang.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Stranraer) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Conor O'Keefe replaces Cameron Smith.

As It Stood

A

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4Stirling100114-30
5Brechin100103-30

B

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2Peterhead11001013
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4East Fife100101-10
5Elgin100106-60

C

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4Buckie Thistle100124-20
5Raith Rovers100102-20

D

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2Ross County11002023
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4Alloa100102-20
5Montrose100104-40

E

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2Ayr11001013
3Dumbarton00000000
4Annan Athletic100112-10
5Kilmarnock100101-10

F

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1Motherwell11005143
2Morton11001013
3Edinburgh City00000000
4Berwick100101-10
5Queen's Park100115-40

G

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2Queen of Sth11003123
3Albion00000000
4East Kilbride100113-20
5Stenhousemuir100113-20

H

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3Partick Thistle10101101
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5Stranraer100114-30
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