St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen

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St Mirren   1 - 0   Aberdeen

St Mirren striker Nigel Hasselbaink New signing Nigel Hasselbaink's second half strike was his first goal for the Paisley side

A Nigel Hasselbank goal secured St Mirren's first win of the season as Danny Lennon's attractive brand of football paid off with a win over Aberdeen.

The Dons survived a first half assault before the Buddies' new Dutch striker fired home in the 50th minute.

Hasselbaink had earlier missed two shooting opportunities and a free header at the end of the first half.

Aberdeen were unimpressive with Josh Magennis closest to grabbing a goal.

The defeat means the Dons are without a win in Paisley since May 2010 and have yet to score in the Scottish Premier League this season.

Lennon named an unchanged starting 11 for his side's first home match season, keeping faith with the team that drew with Dunfermline on Monday.

And the home side continued the fluid style of play that impressed earlier in the week, Aberdeen struggling early on to make any in-roads into the Buddies' half.

New signing Kari Arnason was given the role of neutralising of Steven Thompson - the St Mirren striker being clean shaven after deciding to shave off his beard as a result of his penalty miss against Dunfermline on Monday night.

But that did not stop the Thompson missing another chance in the 15th minute as he contrived to fire over the bar with a half-volley from six yards out from Jeroen Tesselaar's corner kick.

The Aberdeen fans had to wait until the 33rd minute before their side forced a save from Craig Samson, the St Mirren keeper diving to his right to save from Magennis's strike.

However, as was the case against Dunfermline, Hasselbaink, Thompson and Gary Teale ensured the Buddies dominated without breaking the deadlock.

On his home debut, Hasselbaink uncovered several first-half chances but struggled to match creativity with clinical finishing: first going wide with a header then similarly failing to convert from Teale's floated pass into the box.

However, it was through Hasselbaink's endeavour that the deadlock was eventually broken in the 50th minute.

The Dutchman found himself one on one with Gonzalez and cooly side-footed the ball past the Aberdeen keeper from the edge of the penalty box to put St Mirren ahead.

That goal appeared to galvanize the home side's desire to play the attractive brand of football promised by manager Danny Lennon, while the visitor's chances were restricted to long balls from Arnason with little success.

Michael Paton and Scott Vernon had a late chance for the visitors, but ultimately Craig Brown's pre-match predictions of an improved St Mirren were shown to be more accurate than the Aberdeen boss might have hoped.

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Hasselbaink 50

    St Mirren

    • 01 Samson
    • 02 van Zanten
    • 04 McGregor yellow card
    • 05 Mair
    • 22 Tesselaar
    • 06 Goodwin yellow card
    • 08 Thomson
    • 21 Teale
    • 09 Thompson (Carey 78)
    • 10 McGowan yellow card
    • 11 Hasselbaink (McShane 87)

    Substitutes

    • 25 McHugh,
    • 14 McAusland,
    • 20 Kennedy,
    • 17 Mclean,
    • 23 Carey,
    • 16 McQuade,
    • 19 McShane

    Aberdeen

    • 20 Gonzalez
    • 03 Foster
    • 06 Considine
    • 13 Robertson yellow card
    • 08 Milsom
    • 11 Arnason
    • 15 Pawlett (Megginson 63)
    • 16 Osbourne
    • 09 Vernon yellow card (Low 74)
    • 10 Mackie yellow card
    • 21 Magennis yellow card (Paton 57)

    Substitutes

    • 32 Brown,
    • 02 McArdle,
    • 24 Low,
    • 26 Brown,
    • 30 Fraser,
    • 19 Paton,
    • 23 Megginson
    Ref: NorrisAtt: 5,011
    ST MIRREN
    ABERDEEN

    Possession

    • St Mirren 56%
    • Aberdeen 44%

    Attempts on target

    • St Mirren 5
    • Aberdeen 5

    Attempts off target

    • St Mirren 7
    • Aberdeen 2

    Corners

    • St Mirren 7
    • Aberdeen 1

    Fouls

    • St Mirren 10
    • Aberdeen 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+2:48 Kari Arnason takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
    • 90:00+2:23 Shot by Graham Carey from 25 yards. Save by David Gonzalez.
    • 90:00+1:40 Gary Teale is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
    • 90:00+1:04 Paul McGowan fouled by Mitchel Megginson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.
    • 90:00+0:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Foster on Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
    • 89:00 Lee Mair fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:42 Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
    • 87:08 Centre by Graham Carey, clearance by Robert Milsom.
    • 86:09 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Jon McShane coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 84:39 Long range shot by Michael Paton goes wide right of the goal.
    • 83:23 Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Lee Mair takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:33 Darren Mackie takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.
    • 82:04 Gary Teale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Foster takes the free kick.
    • 80:32 Kari Arnason fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
    • 77:33 A cross is delivered by Graham Carey, save by David Gonzalez.
    • 77:06 Substitution Graham Carey is brought on as a substitute for Steven Thompson.
    • 76:41 Corner taken left-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar from the right by-line, save by David Gonzalez.
    • 76:23 Steven Thomson delivers the ball, blocked by Robert Milsom.
    • 74:43 Michael Paton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:43 Booking Booking for Darren McGregor for unsporting behaviour.
    • 74:37 Darren McGregor challenges Michael Paton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 73:47 Jeroen Tesselaar sends in a cross.
    • 72:54 Substitution Nicky Low comes on in place of Scott Vernon.
    • 72:54 Mitchel Megginson produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 71:51 Corner taken by Gary Teale.
    • 69:33 Steven Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Considine. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
    • 67:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Gary Teale.
    • 66:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar from the right by-line, clearance made by Andrew Considine. A cross is delivered by Gary Teale, clearance made by Andrew Considine. Mitchel Megginson sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Mair.
    • 65:56 A cross is delivered by Darren McGregor, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
    • 64:47 The ball is sent over by Richard Foster, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
    • 64:31 Unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Robert Milsom takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:42 Substitution Mitchel Megginson on for Peter Pawlett.
    • 62:04 The ball is crossed by David van Zanten, comfortable save by David Gonzalez.
    • 61:21 A cross is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar, clearance by Andrew Considine.
    • 61:09 Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:53 Inswinging corner taken by Jeroen Tesselaar, Darren McGregor takes a shot. Kari Arnason makes a clearance.
    • 59:40 Steven Thomson delivers the ball, blocked by Clark Robertson.
    • 57:22 Peter Pawlett is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul McGowan takes the free kick.
    • 57:08 The ball is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar.
    • 56:20 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Michael Paton coming on for Josh Magennis.
    • 55:45 Inswinging corner taken by Darren Mackie from the left by-line. Robert Milsom sends in a cross.
    • 55:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Josh Magennis. Robert Milsom delivers the ball, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
    • 54:34 Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
    • 54:17 Darren McGregor concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Magennis. David Gonzalez takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:42 Lee Mair takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:42 Booking Josh Magennis shown a yellow card.
    • 53:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Magennis on Paul McGowan.
    • 53:07 Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
    • 53:07 Booking Paul McGowan shown a yellow card.
    • 53:04 Booking Darren Mackie receives a yellow card.
    • 53:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Darren Mackie.
    • 51:53 Jim Goodwin takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
    • 51:19 Darren Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:51 The assist for the goal came from Paul McGowan.
    • 49:51 GOAL - Nigel HasselbainkSt Mirren 1 - 0 Aberdeen Nigel Hasselbaink scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.
    • 48:41 Andrew Considine fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
    • 46:33 Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Teale. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick. The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, Andrew Considine gets a block in.
    • 45:38 A cross is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink. Centre by Paul McGowan, clearance made by Andrew Considine. Paul McGowan takes a shot. Richard Foster gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+0:01 Gary Teale delivers the ball, Header from close in by Nigel Hasselbaink misses to the right of the goal.
    • 43:49 The offside flag is raised against Steven Thompson. David Gonzalez takes the free kick.
    • 43:30 Clark Robertson sends in a cross, save by Craig Samson.
    • 42:30 A cross is delivered by Jeroen Tesselaar, save by David Gonzalez.
    • 40:34 Paul McGowan crosses the ball.
    • 39:05 Peter Pawlett takes a shot. Blocked by Darren McGregor.
    • 38:19 Centre by Darren Mackie, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:02 Centre by Robert Milsom, Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:00 Foul by Jim Goodwin on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Milsom.
    • 36:12 Effort from the edge of the area by Nigel Hasselbaink goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 35:01 Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:01 Booking Jim Goodwin booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:54 Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Milsom.
    • 32:44 Josh Magennis has an effort at goal. Save by Craig Samson. Darren Mackie is ruled offside. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:48 A cross is delivered by Clark Robertson, clearance made by Jim Goodwin. The ball is delivered by Isaac Osbourne, clearance by David van Zanten.
    • 29:30 Paul McGowan fouled by Peter Pawlett, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Teale takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:21 Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
    • 28:21 Booking Scott Vernon is booked.
    • 28:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Scott Vernon.
    • 27:05 Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale.
    • 26:31 Peter Pawlett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 25:48 Gary Teale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 24:32 Shot on goal by Nigel Hasselbaink from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 23:10 Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
    • 20:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Peter Pawlett. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robert Milsom from right wing.
    • 19:27 Isaac Osbourne challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:31 The ball is swung over by Jeroen Tesselaar, David Gonzalez makes a save.
    • 14:09 Jeroen Tesselaar takes the inswinging corner, Steven Thompson produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 14:02 The ball is sent over by Nigel Hasselbaink, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:08 The ball is swung over by Jeroen Tesselaar.
    • 11:30 Shot from outside the box by Steven Thomson goes wide right of the target.
    • 9:00 Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale from right wing, Isaac Osbourne manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:00 Booking Booking for Clark Robertson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 8:39 Clark Robertson challenges Steven Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 5:40 Gary Teale produces a cross, clearance made by Clark Robertson.
    • 4:18 Isaac Osbourne challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
    • 3:19 The ball is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 2:07 Centre by Paul McGowan, save by David Gonzalez.
    • 1:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line.
    • 1:17 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale played to the near post, save made by David Gonzalez.
    • 1:11 The ball is sent over by Steven Thompson, blocked by Andrew Considine.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Jul 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Motherwell 2 3 4
    2 Rangers 2 2 4
    3 St Mirren 2 1 4
    4 Celtic 1 2 3
    5 Hibernian 2 -1 3
    6 Kilmarnock 2 0 2
    7 Dundee Utd 1 0 1
    8 Hearts 1 0 1
    9 Dunfermline 1 0 1
    10 Aberdeen 2 -1 1
    11 St Johnstone 2 -2 1
    12 Inverness CT 2 -4 0

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