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St Mirren vs Partick Thistle. Scottish League Cup Group H.

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St Mirren 2

  • J McGrath (25th minute pen)
  • J Shaughnessy (95th minute)

Partick Thistle 0

    St Mirren 2-0 Partick Thistle: Joe Shaughnessy's late goal secures hosts a place among second round seeds

    Report as St Mirren secure a place among the seeded teams in the Premier Sports Cup second round; Jamie McGrath's first-half penalty put the Paisley side on course to top the group; Joe Shaughnessy netted five minutes into stoppage-time to guarantee themselves a place among the seeds

    St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin celebrates at full time
    Image: St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin celebrates at full-time

    Joe Shaughnessy netted five minutes into stoppage-time to secure St Mirren a place among the seeded teams in the Premier Sports Cup second round.

    The Saints skipper's goal made it 2-0 and ensured they bettered Dundee United's record.

    Jamie McGrath's first-half penalty had put the Paisley side on course to top the group but they left it late to guarantee themselves a place among the seeds.

    Thistle had to win by three goals to leapfrog the Buddies and join Dunfermline in progressing from Group G.

    But their task became even tougher when McGrath slotted home a 25th-minute spot-kick after Richard Foster had been adjudged to have brought down Jay Henderson.

    St Mirren's Jamie McGrath scored from the penalty spot
    Image: St Mirren's Jamie McGrath scored from the penalty spot

    The Jags responded and Jak Alnwick made saves from Brian Graham and Stuart Bannigan before the break.

    But the hosts dominated after the interval. McGrath's shot skimmed the top of the bar before Curtis Main missed a couple of decent chances and Henderson shot straight at the goalkeeper.

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    Main headed wide from close range in stoppage-time but centre-back Shaughnessy found himself in the six-yard box moments later to tap in Lee Erwin's square ball.

    Both St Mirren and Dundee United have identical goal difference records of nine for and one against, but Jim Goodwin's side moved ahead courtesy of scoring more away from home.

    St Mirren's Joe Shaughnessy scores to make it 2-0
    Image: St Mirren's Joe Shaughnessy scores to make it 2-0

    They join Dundee among the seeds for Sunday evening's draw along with European qualifiers Rangers, Celtic, St Johnstone, Hibernian and Aberdeen.

    United have Inverness to thank too after they restricted Hearts to a 1-0 victory, and prevented Robbie Neilson's side overtaking their record and sealing the final seeded place.

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