By David Buick

St Mirren edged out Dunfermline 1-0 in the Paisley club’s opening Premier Sports Cup match to go top of Group H.

Saints were awarded a 3-0 victory on Saturday as Dumbarton failed to field a team due to Covid-19, whereas Dunfermline were 4-2 winners at Firhill against Partick Thistle.  Curtis Main scored the only goal of the game to give Jim Goodwin’s men the three points.

The game wasn’t a thriller by any stretch and Dunfermline competed well throughout, but St Mirren managed proceedings well. Here are three things we learned.

Main netted for Saints. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Main on target

Main was the scorer in the game, his header from a brilliant Greig Kiltie cross enough to seal three points. His manager will hope it’s a sign of things to come from his new signing. Main partnered Eamonn Brophy in attack for the Saints and the St Mirren supporters will be hopeful that they can form a fruitful partnership for another top six push.

Dunne imperious

Charles Dunne was also making a home debut for St Mirren against Dunfermline and it was an impressive showing from the former Motherwell man. Dunne played on the left of the back-three and showed great strength and reading of the game throughout. Alongside Joe Shaughnessy and Marcus Fraser, Goodwin has really good options.

Positives in defeat

Despite the disappointing result, Peter Grant will have plenty positives to take as his side acquired themselves well against a good cinch Premiership side. In the first half especially, Dunfermline defended really well and despite the goal, gave away few chances. Dunfermline also dominated the ball for large parts, looking very assured.

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