Sec­ond-half fight­back sees Pais­ley side fall to de­feat

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape - Aberdeen U20s..............4 St Mir­ren U20s...............2

Craig Ritchie

Ten-man St Mir­ren fell to de­feat on a dis­ap­point­ing night in Brechin against their Aberdeen coun­ter­parts.

Al­lan McManus’ Saints side re­turned to its usual self, with no first-team play­ers mak­ing the trip north.

Ethan Erha­hon took his place in the mid­field fol­low­ing his first-team de­but against Raith at the week­end, while Cammy MacPher­son also took his spot in the start­ing 11.

St Mir­ren got off to a good start, be­fore a red card for Conor McBrearty killed their hopes, with the Dons se­cur­ing the vic­tory in the sec­ond half.

Fol­low­ing a fran­tic start, Saints were forced into a change, with cap­tain An­drew Mac­don­ald limp­ing off to be re­placed by Luke Bar­clay in 22 min­utes.

But their woes were short­lived, with MacPher­son hand­ing the Pais­ley side the lead a minute later when he turned home a cross to open the scor­ing.

McBrearty was then dis­missed fol­low­ing two yel­low cards, with a tackle on Dean Camp­bell earn­ing him an early bath.

The re­sult­ing free-kick found Har­lain Mbayo at the far post and his header dropped per­fectly for Danny Harvie to prod home from six yards.

But, min­utes be­fore half-time, Saints found them­selves back in front, with Sam Jamieson grab­bing the sec­ond goal to give Saints hope.

Paul Sheerin’s Aberdeen came out in the sec­ond half sens­ing blood, and Saints keeper David Wil­son had to be at his best to pro­duce a fine save from Seb Ross early on.

But the keeper could do noth­ing about the even­tual equaliser af­ter 52 min­utes, with Seb Ross pro­vid­ing the fin­ish from a Frank Ross cut­back.

Dons con­tin­ued to pile on the pres­sure, with Seb Ross hav­ing a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to his side in front.

Wil­son, how­ever, was in great form to make saves from Camp­bell and Bruce An­der­son, with the scores still locked head­ing into the fi­nal eight min­utes.

But the boys were not to be de­nied and Frank Ross pro­duced a fine cross for An­der­son, who snuck in at the back past to fire home the go-ahead goal.

And Aberdeen clinched the vic­tory in stop­page time, with An­der­son slot­ting home a penalty af­ter Wil­son brought down Ethan Ross.

St Mir­ren U20s: Wil­son, Horne, Mac­don­ald ( Bar­clay 22), McBrearty, McKendry, Miller, Reilly, Erha­hon, Jamieson, MacPher­son, Leitch. Unused subs: Henry, Bar­clay, Bread­ner, King and Mor­ri­son.

Dark day Saints were un­lucky to fall to de­feat at Glebe Park

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