Photography by Paul Cooper

Scottish Championship, August 26 2017

St Mirren 3
  • Morgan (26, 48)
  • McShane (78)
Dundee United 0

After spending much of the previous season fighting relegation, Jack Ross’ St Mirren had made a promising start to their 2017/18 Scottish Championship campaign – but in Dundee United they faced a team that had won all three of their opening fixtures.

Both sides had early chances in the game, but it was 20-year-old Scotland Under-21 international Lewis Morgan who broke the deadlock for the Buddies, firing in from outside the box after 26 minutes. Defender Gregor Buchanan came close to adding a second before the break, but it took Morgan just three minutes of the second half before he doubled St Mirren’s lead, curling a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the Dundee United area. To cap off his man-of-the-match performance, Morgan had a hand in the third too, setting up midfielder Ian McShane to seal the win with 12 minutes to play.

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