It was goals galore in Paisley as St Mirren beat 10 man Aberdeen thanks to a Connor Ronan double and a Curtis Main header which cancelled out goals from Scott Brown and Christian
Ramirez who had the Dons in front at the break.
However, Teddy Jenks was shown a second yellow for a late challenge on Jamie McGrath early into the second half which inevitably turned the game.
The result helped Jim Goodwin’s side record their first cinch Scottish Premiership win of the season.
St Mirren started the match well and won an early corner which Joe Lewis managed to fumble away. The match started as a very scrappy affair with several cheap fouls at both
ends and very little quality.
Jonny Hayes had a chance well saved by Jack Alnwick after about 8 minutes then it was St Mirren who took the lead in the 14th minute through Ronan after Lewis gifted the ball to the
Saints with a poor clearance.
Aberdeen bounced back and equalised minutes later in what seemed to be bizarre fashion through Brown who turned a Ramirez header into the net for his first goal for the Dons then
Jenks was played through on goal but Alnwick stood tall to save.
The visitors seemed to find a bit of confidence from their equaliser and took the lead on the 34th minute with a bullet header from Christian Ramirez who was left unmarked from a free-kick at the left hand edge of the box.
Alan Power tried to get the Saints back in the game with an ambitious strike from distance going over the bar but it would be the Dons who were in the ascendency at the break.
Lewis made a good save at the start of the second half to deny Scott Tanser’s low free-kick. Lewis Ferguson then had a wild effort over the bar as the Dons also looked to build on their
Teddy Jenks, who had a bright first for the visitors then saw red after receiving two yellow cards to put the visitors down to 10 men with only 50 minutes played
Jim Goodwin threw on an extra striker in ex-Don Curtis Main to try to make the man advantage count and get the Saints back into the game. That paid off minutes later, with the
equaliser with Ronan getting his second of the game with a lovely finish past Lewis.
Main gave the home side the lead on the hour mark, heading in a Marcus Fraser cross as Lewis in the Aberdeen goal stood still then Dons full-back Calvin Ramsay cut inside and fired
The Paisley side continued their pressure and exploited Aberdeen having a man down. Stephen Glass brought on Jay Emanuel Thomas and Austin Samuels to add some attacking
firepower with about 20 minutes remaining.
It was the hosts who looked the most likely to score another with Eamonn Brophy somehow missing the target at the back post with the goal at his mercy.
Ferguson then struck a half volley wide for the Dons before Main headed over a gilt-edged chance.
The sending off really took the stuffing out of Aberdeen’s chances of making a comeback with even the reinforcements failing to make any sort of impact.
They resulted in some dirty tactics with Ramsay and Brown picking up late bookings but couldn’t stop yet another defeat.
Here are three things we learned as the Buddies came from behind to beat Aberdeen:
Aberdeen’s form a concern
Aberdeen fans demanded a response to the seven-game winless run and they brought Teddy Jenks, Jonny Hayes and the previously injured Ryan Hedges back into the starting 11 in the hope of changing that.
Stephen Glass put faith in his summer signing Christian Ramirez and that paid off with his first-half goal proving the USA international does have that goal-scoring
touch that Dons fans saw early into his stint in the Granite City.
The goal was certainly one he will have worked on in training with striker coach Alan Russell. Especially after two games without anyone in red scoring a goal.
However, the scoreline says it all with another game without a win. The pressure will continue to mount the longer they go on without a win, despite some positives from this match like the
return of Ryan Hedges.
Saints pick up first win
St Mirren’s tactics of playing the ball over the top of Aberdeen’s defence as much as possible seemed to cause Ross McCrorie and Jack McKenzie lots of problems throughout
the game. They were quite unlucky being a goal down at halftime but showed their resilience to come back and win, albeit they were expected to after Teddy Jenks’ red card on
50 minutes. Connor Ronan getting a double will really please Jim Goodwin after it was the third time the St Mirren manager has tried to sign the striker on loan. It was also written in
the stars for Curtis Main to come on and score against his former club.
Huge October for Stephen Glass
Aberdeen face Celtic next then there are the likes of Hibs, Hearts and Rangers to follow next month. With no wins in 8 games, many Aberdeen fans will be wondering where the next
victory will come from. It is currently the worst run of form in a decade for the Dons and it will take some big performances to get themselves out of a bottom 6 scrap come Christmas.
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