St Mirren 0-0 Dundee (AET; 3-1 pens)

St Mirren v Dundee
Chances were few and far between in a hard-fought game

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson inspired St Mirren to Scottish Cup fourth-round victory after saving all three of Dundee’s penalties after a stalemate.

Neither side rustled up a clear chance until extra-time after a drag game.

Kwame Thomas came closest for the visitors in front of their raucous support, but he and Zak Rudden faltered with Dundee’s first two spot kicks.

Lyall Cameron was also thwarted by Carson before Greg Kiltie converted to send Stephen Robinson’s side through.

Dundee haven’t played since 6 January after having three home games postponed and the break appeared to take its toll on a few players.

Tyler French was stretchered off inside the opening six minutes following a collision with Alex Gogic – and will remain in hospital overnight – before Cammy Kerr departed with a back injury later in the first half.

An opening period that witnessed very little creativity in an evenly-contested affair petered out. With neither manager impressed with the lackluster showing in front of goal, a raft of changes followed.

Alex Grieve found the back of the net with one of his first touches after being introduced, but his close-range header came from an offside position.

Cameron forced one of the only saves of the 90 minutes. The tricky forward carved out space in the box to take the shot on the turn but Carson had it covered.

Mark O’Hara’s effort from the edge of the box was the only real effort of note in the additional 30 minutes of action, but somehow Adam Legzdins parried away after the attempt struck several defenders.

Thomas joined on-loan from Sutton United in the midweek and came close to a dream start as he connected with Cameron’s cross, forcing Carson into a splendid stop.

It would not be his last on an afternoon when he was to the fore.

Player of the match – Trevor Carson

Trevor Carson
Has to be Carson, doesn’t it? Three saves in the shoot-out and others from Cameron and Thomas

What they said

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson: “We made hard work of it. We’re in the next round, which is the positive. The other positive is Trevor Carson – outstanding with the penalty saves. He and our goalkeeping coach Jamie Langfield had done their homework.

“Credit to Dundee. It was like a Premiership tie. The boys who stepped up showed real nerve, good quality to finish. We owe it to Trevor and Jamie that we are through to the next round. The boys know that they can be better .”

Dundee manager Gary Bowyer: “There is pride but, at the end of the day, we lost. The chances we created, we didn’t need to go to extra-time. The way we took the game to St Mirren, we were very good.

“You can see from today’s performance that there’s not much of a difference between some of the teams in the Premiership and the Championship.”

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1carson
  • 22Fraser
  • 31GallagherBooked at 39minsSubstituted forErhahonat 45′minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 23strainSubstituted forShaughnessyat 105′minutes
  • 17BacchusSubstituted forKiltieat 58′minutes
  • 13GogicBooked at 99mins
  • 6O’HaraBooked at 90mins
  • 3TanserSubstituted forFlynnat 98′minutes
  • 10MainSubstituted forBrophyat 82′minutes
  • 7AyungaSubstituted forGreiveat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 5Taylor
  • 8Flynn
  • 9Brophy
  • 11Kiltie
  • 16Erhahon
  • 21Greive
  • 25Offord
  • 27Urminsky

Dundee

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4FrenchSubstituted forAndersonat 12′minutes
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 5Sweeney
  • 2KerrSubstituted forCameronat 42′minutes
  • 15Mulligan
  • 6McGheeSubstituted forRobertsonat 95′minutes
  • 17McCowanSubstituted forRuddenat 90′minutes
  • 3Marshall
  • 18McMullanSubstituted forSheridanat 65′minutes
  • 7JakubiakSubstituted forThomasat 65′minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 9Thomas
  • 19Robertson
  • 20Rudden
  • 23Sheridan
  • 24Anderson
  • 25Cameron
  • 30sharp

Referees:
Colin Stevens

Attendance:
4,254

Live Text

Player of the match

carsonTrevor Carson

St Mirren

  1. Squad number1Player namecarson

  2. Squad number11Player nameKiltie

  3. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy

  4. Squad number13Player nameGogic

  5. Squad number7Player nameAyunga

  6. Squad number23Player namestrain

  7. Squad number22Player nameFraser

  8. Squad number6Player nameO’Hara

  9. Squad number17Player nameBacchus

  10. Squad number18Player nameDunne

  11. Squad number31Player nameGallagher

  12. Squad number8Player nameFlynn

  13. Squad number3Player nameTanser

  14. Squad number21Player nameGreive

  15. Squad number16Player nameErhahon

  16. Squad number10Player nameMain

  17. Squad number9Player nameBrophy

Dundee

  1. Squad number25Player nameCameron

  2. Squad number17Player nameMcCowan

  3. Squad number18Player nameMcMullan

  4. Squad number1Player nameLegzdins

  5. Squad number14Player nameAshcroft

  6. Squad number15Player nameMulligan

  7. Squad number4Player nameFrench

  8. Squad number5Player nameSweeney

  9. Squad number6Player nameMcGhee

  10. Squad number3Player nameMarshall

  11. Squad number2Player nameKerr

  12. Squad number7Player nameJakubiak

  13. Squad number24Player nameAnderson

  14. Squad number9Player nameThomas

  15. Squad number19Player nameRobertson

  16. Squad number23Player nameSheridan

  17. Squad number20Player nameRudden

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