Scottish League Cup - Group H
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St Mirren 2-3 Dunfermline Athletic: Visitors survive comeback

Andy Ryan (centre) celebrates doubling Dunfermline's lead
Andy Ryan (centre) celebrates doubling Dunfermline's lead

Jim Goodwin endured a difficult start as St Mirren manager as his top-flight side lost to second-tier Dunfermline Athletic in their League Cup opener.

Stevie Crawford's team ran riot in the first half, with excellent goals from Ryan Dow, Andy Ryan and Tom Beadling.

Strikes from Cody Cooke and Danny Mullen in the space of two minutes threatened to spark a comeback, but St Mirren fell short.

Dunfermline move top of the group and are well-placed to reach the last 16.

St Mirren, meanwhile, will have to hope the Fifers slip up in their remaining three fixtures against League Two Albion Rovers and Edinburgh City, and Lowland League East Kilbride.

Alternatively, a strong second-placed finish could earn them a spot as one of the best four runners up.

Ruthless Dunfermline expose disjointed hosts

A turbulent pre-season for St Mirren involved changing manager for the 10th time in nine years and, as a result, a squad short of numbers for new boss Goodwin to work with. The former club captain said he had only had 12 training sessions so far, and it showed as his side were brutally cut open with ease by Championship opposition.

The problems started, but did not finish, in their left-hand channel. First, Dunfermline's loan signing Josh Coley picked up the ball after a neat one-two in midfield, drove forward and slipped in former Dundee United attacker Dow, who coolly rolled in the opener for a debut goal after signing from Peterhead.

Unable to learn their lesson, St Mirren were ruthlessly exposed once more five minutes later. Kevin Nisbet, last season's top scorer in League One, nicked the ball past the onrushing Stephen McGinn on halfway before finding Ryan. The 24-year-old had plenty to do and superbly cut inside on to his left foot, evaded Ethan Erhahon and Gary McKenzie, then curled a shot into the far corner.

The mauling subsided, but only fleetingly. Beadling pounced on a loose ball in midfield and set up Ryan once more, and when his effort came off a post Beadling smashed in the rebound to leave Goodwin watching on in disbelief.

Danny Mullen's strike gave St Mirren hope of rescuing a point
Danny Mullen's strike gave St Mirren hope of rescuing a point

But after the break, greater composure on the ball - and a stroke of fortune - hauled the hosts back into the match. Cooke's long-range effort hit Beadling and crept into the net, and barely two minutes later Mullen bundled the ball home after Dunfermline goalkeeper Ryan Scully fumbled an in-swinging corner.

Tony Andreu's fizzing shot was as close as St Mirren came to the equaliser though, despite plenty of pressure.

Goodwin's legendary status among the St Mirren faithful will no doubt buy him plenty of time to build. And on the evidence of the first 45 at least, patience will be required.

'They shouldn't be better than us' - reaction

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "I've got to give the players credit for the little bit of character they showed in the second half. But if we had got that equaliser, it probably wouldn't have been justified.

"I thought Dunfermline were the better team on the day and that's the main concern for me. They're coming up here from the league below and they certainly shouldn't be the better team against us."

Dunfermline head coach Stevie Crawford: "It was testing towards the end of the game when you lose two goals back-to-back. But the players have shown the spirit they've shown all pre-season.

"I'm delighted that the boys have managed to grind it out and showed a bit of steel."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 2McGinn
  • 15Baird
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 25Erhahon
  • 4McGinnSubstituted forDjorkaeffat 79'minutes
  • 7Magennis
  • 8Flynn
  • 10Andreu
  • 20Cooke
  • 18Mullen

Substitutes

  • 17Kellerman
  • 23Djorkaeff
  • 24MacPherson
  • 26Lyness
  • 44Walker
  • 48Glover

Dunfermline

  • 1Scully
  • 2Comrie
  • 5Morrison
  • 4Ashcroft
  • 3Martin
  • 6Paton
  • 7DowSubstituted forMcCannat 89'minutes
  • 8Beadling
  • 11Coley
  • 9NisbetSubstituted forMcGillat 62'minutes
  • 10RyanSubstituted forTurnerat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Lang
  • 14Todd
  • 15Turner
  • 16Bowman
  • 17McCann
  • 18McGill
  • 20Gill
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,067

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3.

Attempt missed. Václav Hladky (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Tom Beadling.

Attempt missed. Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis McCann replaces Ryan Dow.

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.

Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).

Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Morrison.

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

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Paul Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).

Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Gabriel McGill (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Oan Djorkaeff replaces Stephen McGinn.

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel McGill (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Václav Hladky.

Attempt saved. Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Jack Baird (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Kyle Turner replaces Andy Ryan.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jack Baird.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Paul Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

Aaron Comrie (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 2, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Dunfermline Athletic 3. Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ethan Erhahon.

goal

As It Stood

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