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Aberdeen 4-1 St Mirren: Miovski double routed as 10-man visitor

Bojan Miovski shoots home and gives Aberdeen the lead
Bojan Miovski shoots home and gives Aberdeen the lead

Bojan Miovski’s brace, a screamer from debutant Leighton Clarkson and a dinked finish from Luis Lopes gave Aberdeen their first Scottish Premiership win of the season as they defeated 10-man St Mirren in Pittodrie.

Former Aberdeen defender Declan Gallagher’s return to the North East was short-lived as he was sent off midway through the first half.

His second yellow came for an intentional handball inside the box, with Miovski pocketing the penalty before a shot from a poacher doubled his tally.

The choice of field was made by Clarkson, who came on as a first-half substitute and fired a shot into the top corner just before half-time.

St Mirren got one back when Jonah Ayunga struck from the spot, but Lopes sealed the win with a cute lob as Aberdeen cleared the field.

Both sides looked very different from the teams that drew in the final game of last season. Just three Aberdeen players from that day started here, with Jim Goodwin adding 11 signings to the squad.

He only signed Clarkson on loan from Liverpool on the morning of the game but the midfielder was brought on for his debut after just 12 minutes when Gallagher scythed Hayden Coulson down and knocked out the injured left-back.

Gallagher’s afternoon was soon cut short when Liam Scales put a rebound into the arm of the St Mirren defender in the box. Gallagher saw a red card and Aberdeen’s new number 9 Miovski took the penalty home.

If the first goal was hard to concede, the second was extremely sloppy. Jonny Hayes’ low cross was deflected and Trevor Carson waited for the ball to come to him on his line. Miovski showed predatory instincts to duck in front of the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the net.

Clarkson had already made a good impression and would extend Aberdeen’s lead as he laced the ball into the top corner with a first strike from 20 yards.

St Mirren had a mountain to climb in the second half but the journey looked easier when Alan Muir pointed to the spot where Hayes was harshly condemned for poking Greg Kiltie. Kelle Roos could have done better and got a strong arm to Ayunga’s penalty but the ball went into the net.

Lopes put the icing on the cake with his last-minute goal. St Mirren’s line was pushed up and Christian Ramirez was able to play through Lopez cleanly to pass Carson and give Goodwin his biggest league win as Aberdeen manager.

Clarkson sheds light on Don’s performance

Aberdeen started poorly, sloppy possession and allowing St Mirren into dangerous areas. However, they bounced back quickly and took advantage of the opportunities St Mirren offered them.

The loss of Coulson was a setback, but introducing Clarkson ended up being a feat.

It allowed Scales to blend into left-back and Clarkson the ability to control a midfield that gave him time and space.

It was an impressive debut for the Liverpool loanee – who Aberdeen fans hope will emulate James Maddison rather than Matty Longstaff.

When not dictating the pace, he was determined to strike from long range.

It was a worrying portrayal of St. Mirren. Stephen Robinson has publicly stated that he wants to play counter-attacking football. Today they didn’t get off the starting blocks.

What’s next?

Aberdeen host the managerless Motherwell next Saturday, while St Mirren welcome Ross County to Paisley (both 3pm BST).

player of the game

MiovskiBojan Miovski

aberdeen

  1. squad number9player nameMiovski

  2. squad number17player namehay

  3. squad number10player namevisits

  4. squad number25player nameRichardson

  5. squad number11player nameduke

  6. squad number33player namekennedy

  7. squad number16player nameRamadani

  8. squad number4player nameScale

  9. squad number20player nameClarkson

  10. squad number2player nameMcCorrie

  11. squad number5player namesteward

  12. squad number99player nameRamirez

  13. squad number24player namerose

  14. squad number22player namecoulson

  15. squad number37player nameRoberts

St Mirren

  1. squad number7player nameayunga

  2. squad number2player nameTait

  3. squad number1player namecarson

  4. squad number21player nameGreive

  5. squad number30player nameTaylor

  6. squad number18player namethin

  7. squad number8thplayer nameFlynn

  8. squad number4player nameShaugnessy

  9. squad number17player nameBaccus

  10. squad number11player nameKiltie

  11. squad number16player nameErhahon

  12. squad number23player namestrain

  13. squad number10player nameMainly

  14. squad number9player nameBrophy

  15. squad number31player nameGallagher

lineups

aberdeen

formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24rose
  • 25Richardson
  • 5steward
  • 4Scale
  • 22coulsonReplaced byClarksonat 12′protocol
  • 16Ramadani
  • 2McCorrieBooked at 61 minutes
  • 33kennedyReplaced byRobertsat 63′protocolReplaced byat 81′protocol
  • 10visits
  • 17hayReplaced byby Barros Lopesat 72′protocol
  • 9MiovskiReplaced byRamirezat 72′protocol

substitute

  • 1Lewis
  • 11by Barros Lopes
  • fifteenWatkins
  • 20Clarkson
  • 21Polvara
  • 23Duncan
  • 28Milne
  • 37Roberts
  • 99Ramirez

St Mirren

formation 3-5-2

  • 1carson
  • 31GallagherBooked at 23 minutes
  • 4Shaugnessy
  • 18thin
  • 23strainReplaced byTaylorat 90+1′protocol
  • 17BaccusReplaced byGreiveat 78′protocol
  • 16Erhahon
  • 11Kiltie85 minutes booked
  • 2Tait
  • 7ayungaBooked at 48 minutesReplaced byBrophyat 78′protocol
  • 10MainlyReplaced byFlynnat 45′protocol

substitute

  • 8thFlynn
  • 9Brophy
  • 12Henderson
  • fifteenReid
  • 20Olusanya
  • 21Greive
  • 25Offord
  • 27Urminsky
  • 30Taylor

Referee:
alan muir

Participation:
14,420

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