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the top cor­ner from Liam Smith.

Harry Davis then added his own from the penalty spot to move Saints 14 points clear of Dundee United.

But a 4-1 de­feat to Liv­ingston came a fort­night later, putting some nerves into a sup­port that now had their eyes on strolling to the ti­tle.

A nervy 1-0 win over Brechin was next on the cards thanks to Kyle Ma­gen­nis’ free- kick – al­though some sec­tions of the sup­port were not happy with the man­ner of the dis­play – de­spite still be­ing com­fort­ably ahead at the top of the ta­ble head­ing into March. The snow put the buf­fers on Saints re­turn­ing to ac­tion af­ter their clash at Tan­nadice was post­poned.

But St Mir­ren moved 11 points clear at the top of the Cham­pi­onship af­ter goals from de­fend­ers Harry Davis and Liam Smith over­came Dun­fermline in their next out­ing at the Pais­ley 2021 Sta­dium.

A 3- 1 win at Palmer­ston then had Saints well on their way as Danny Mullen struck his first St Mir­ren goal, be­fore Ma­gen­nis and Mor­gan added on the oth­ers.

The ti­tle was now in sight as St Mir­ren re­turned to the High­lands.

Harry Davis’ penalty handed them the early lead, but he missed an­other. Lewis Mor­gan’s stun­ner then made it 2-0 but a late rally from the hosts saw Saints clawed back to 2-2. The party buses rolled on to Brechin with Saints safe in the knowl­edge that a draw or de­feat for Liv­ingston, com­bined with a win, would seal the ti­tle there and then.

Saints did their job thanks to Ma­gen­nis. But Liv­ingston also got the win.

The party moved on to Tan­nadice with destiny now in Saints’ hands. But a 1-0 de­feat thanks to Billy King’s goal put a halt to cel­e­bra­tions.

So it was time for Pais­ley to host the party as a 0-0 draw with Liv­ingston sealed the deal. It was a game of lit­tle note, but no- one cared as the Bud­dies con­firmed their re­turn to the top flight.

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