SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership Matchday 8 Review – Aberdeen 4-1 St Mirren


The Buddies had already been battered 4-0 at Pittodrie in the Betfred Cup this season. Here they were looking for a better showing and a positive result to hand Oran Kearney his first win in charge.

Aberdeen, amidst their injury crisis, handed a start to teenager Connor McLennan. Derek McInnes has nine players ruled out through either injury or suspension with Stevie May, James Wilson and Niall McGinn the latest star players injured.

As for St Mirren, winless in seven coming into this one, they made just the one change from their 0-1 defeat at home to Hibernian. Cammy Smith making way for Adam Hammill to make his debut since signing as a free agent, released by Barnsley last season.

It was the Buddies with the first real opportunity of the match. Simeon Jackson failing to test Joe Lewis with a strike from just outside the area.

The home side looked to respond with a shot-turned-cross from Max Lowe falling to Sam Cosgrove. He failed to hit the target, however, diverting the shot wide.

Aberdeen trying to get into the game

This was just as the Dons were beginning to find their rhythm. Shay Logan receiving out wide from Sam Cosgrove before linking up with Gary Mackay-Steven and as he received back from GMS, the right back sent a left footed cross into the box for Sam Cosgrove. He made a diving header past Craig Samson to grab his first goal for Aberdeen and just the second league goal of his career. His first one came for Carlisle United in a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in January.

Gary Mackay-Steven is a real menace for Premiership defences, full of pace and trickery. He received the ball from young Connor McLennan, looking to turn the Buddies inside out before sending a left footed effort, which looked to be creeping into the top corner, bouncing off the woodwork.

Young McLennan was really making the most of his chance and doubled the Dons’ advantage on the half hour mark. Mackay-Steven finding Logan who exchanged passes with club captain Graeme Shinnie. Logan’s cross deflected to the edge of the box where McLennan was lurking

The 19-year-old, on loan at Brechin City last season, thundered an effort off the upright and into the back of the net. It was his first Aberdeen start with a strike he won’t get tired of watching that’s for sure.

Injuries plague St.Mirren

What will concern Saints, along with being 2-0 down, was the shoulder injury suffered by Adam Hammill just 35 minutes into his debut, Oran Kearney saying that “It’s looking more long term than short term.”

The Dons would go on to make it three without reply in the first half. Max Lowe grabbing his first senior goal. The Derby County loanee started the move himself, looking to exchange passes with Mackay-Steven before St Mirren failed to clear. Shinnie pounced on the loose ball and found GMS who struck from the edge of the area and the ball deflected to Lowe. As time seemed to slow down, he picked his spot colly dispatching past Craig Samson in the Saints goal with a left footed finish into the bottom right corner.

At the start of the second half, Aberdeen nearly conceded what would have been one of, if not the most, bizarre goals of the season. Joe Lewis received the ball before looking to send it forward to start an Aberdeen attack. Instead, his kick rebounded off Simeon Jackson. And, as the ball looked to loop over Lewis and be destined for the net, the keeper rushed back to claw it off the line. Jackson, with the follow up effort, couldn’t convert from a tight angle when the square pass seemed the better option.

St.Mirren chase consolation

Lee Hodson cut inside and got the better of Logan. This was as the Buddies looked for a consolation goal. His effort, however, shot high and wide into the stand. This was after nice movement to create the opportunity.

Aberdeen, making their poorest start to a league season under Derek McInnes, didn’t show signs of that here as they put St Mirren to the sword. Two goalscorers combining with Max Lowe finding Sam Cosgrove. Craig Samson really ought to have done better to deny Cosgrove doubling his tally. Poor goalkeeping, not that Cosgrove will care mind you.

However, Aberdeen will be disappointed with the consolation goal that they conceded to St Mirren. Former Don Cammy Smith intercepted Stephen Gleeson’s loose backpass before creating a two on one situation. He slipped the ball to Simeon Jackson and the Canadian international did the rest, grabbing his first goal for the Buddies in the process.

Saints have now conceded four goals on each of their last three visits up to Aberdeen. They host Kilmarnock after the international break. Kearney’s side still can’t find their first win under his stewardship. Aberdeen travel to the capital to take on league leaders Hearts at Tynecastle.


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