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BBC Scotland's David Begg reports
"St. Mirren have their first away win of the season."
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Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood
"We dominated the game."
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St. Mirren boss Tom Hendrie
"It was a backs to the wall performance."
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Saturday, 28 April, 2001, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Buddies shock Dunfermline
Mark Yardley gets the crucial second goal
Mark Yardley gets the crucial second goal
Dunfermline 1-2 St Mirren

Two first-half goals by Jamie McGowan and Mark Yardley earned St Mirren their long-awaited first away win of the season.

Dunfermline might have been ahead on more than one occasion early on, but it was McGowan who nodded the Buddies in front.

Yardley capitalised on an Andrius Skerla error on the stroke of half-time to double the lead.

Dunfermline pulled one back late on through Lee Bullen, but St Mirren held on to keep up their hopes of survival.

Saints enjoyed the first real chance of the game when Mark Yardley flicked the ball onto Barry McLaughlin but the defender pulled his shot wide after three minutes.

Fenton holds off Andrius Skerla
Fenton holds off Andrius Skerla
Two minutes later Ian Ferguson released Lee Bullen down the left wing.

Bullen's cross into the box was met by Crawford but the striker nodded just over.

Seconds later, Crawford should have opened the scoring with a well-struck shot that had goalkeeper Ludovic Roy beaten only to see the effort hit the post.

Saints tested Pars goalkeeper Marco Ruitenbeek for the first time when Gary Bowman swung a cross into the box pinpointing Yardley.

The big striker had plenty of pace and his header was net-bound but Ruitenbeek somehow managed to claw the ball off the line.

Eight minutes later, Dunfermline were pushing for the opener again.

Youssef Rossi went on a great run unchallenged before squaring the ball to Crawford in front of goal but the Scotland international sent the ball yards over the crossbar.

Stevie Crawford and Scott Walker challenge
Stevie Crawford and Scott Walker challenge
The Pars were enjoying the best of the chances and were threatening again after 25 minutes.

Jason Dair flighted a cross into the box which was met by the on-rushing Nicholson but the former Rangers player fired the ball over.

But it was St Mirren who opened the scoring after 31 minutes.

Bowman's corner was met by Graham Fenton who nodded the ball into the path of Jamie McGowan whose header from six yards had goalkeeper Ruitenbeek well beaten.

Just three minutes before the break Saints doubled their lead.

Andrius Skerla tried to nod a Stephen McPhee cross back to his goalkeeper but Yardley intercepted to fire home.

Dunfermline almost got back into the game two minutes after the re-start.

Bullen burst clear on goal but the Pars player was denied by Roy, who pounced off his line to block the shot.

Saints' substitute Sergei Baltacha forced Ruitenbeek into a marvellous save from an 18-yard free kick as St Mirren sought to kill the match.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Skerla, Skinner, Rossi, Nicholson, Ferguson, Mason, Hampshire, Bullen, Crawford, Dair.

Subs: Scott Y Thomson, Doesburg, Mendes, Petrie, Tod.

St Mirren: Roy, McGowan, Barry McLaughlin, Walker, Nicolson, McKenzie, Gillies, Bowman, Fenton, McPhee, Yardley.

Subs: Scrimgour, Turner, Baltacha, Quitongo, Renfurm.

Referee: Alan Freeland

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