Six big wins in our quest for top six

Six big wins in our quest for top six

St Mirren secured a highly coveted top six spot for the first time in the current league format and ensured a highest top-flight finish since 1984/85.

12 wins and eight draws saw Stephen Robinson's side pick up 44 points from 33 cinch Premiership matches.  

We take a look at six of our best and most important wins in our quest to finish top six.

Dundee United 0-3 St Mirren

After picking up a first cinch Premiership win of the season at home to Ross County the previous week, Saints travelled to Tannadice to face Dundee United in our second away match in the league. 

Curtis Main scored his first goals of the season when he netted either side of half-time to have the Buddies two ahead before substitute Alex Greive put the seal on the victory in stoppage time as Saints left the City of Discovery with all three points.

St Mirren 2-0 Celtic

An inspired performance saw St Mirren defeat Celtic 2-0 at the SMiSA Stadium and inflict a first league defeat on the league leaders in almost a year. 

Saints hosted a Celtic side that had won their opening six league fixtures including an impressive 4-0 derby win over their rivals Rangers in the previous league game.

Ange Postecoglou’s side showed up in Paisley looking to make it a full calendar year undefeated in the cinch Premiership, but walked away from the SMiSA Stadium empty-handed as goals from Mark O’Hara and Jonah Ayunga gave us our first home league victory over the Hoops since that famous 4-0 win in March 2010.

Mark O'Hara puts us ahead against Celtic in September. Saints remain the only side to beat Celtic in the league this season (Image: Jeff Holmes)

St Mirren 2-1 Livingston

St Mirren moved into third place in the cinch Premiership on matchday eight after a dramatic late victory over Livingston at the SMiSA Stadium. 

The Buddies broke the deadlock on 69 minutes when Keanu Baccus scored his second Saints goal. But Jonah Ayunga was shown a red card and Livingston were awarded a penalty with less than 15 minutes remaining. Sean Kelly missed from the spot as he sent his penalty kick over the bar.

It looked like 10-men Saints would have to settle for a point when Livingston drew level, but Alex Greive - late back from international duty from New Zealand - climbed off the bench to score an injury-time winner to give Saints all three points. 

Aberdeen 1-3 St Mirren

The Buddies made a midweek trip to Pittodrie in February to face Aberdeen on the back of a 1-0 win over Motherwell at the SMiSA Stadium. 

Both sides boasted a victory over each other with Aberdeen winning 4-1 at Pittodrie in August, while Saints were 3-1 victors on Christmas Eve in Paisley. 

It was Saints who would take the bragging rights in this encounter after a Curtis Main double and Declan Gallagher's first St Mirren goal saw us win our first league match at Pittodrie since 2011. 

St Mirren 3-0 Livingston

Stephen Robinson's men hosted Livingston at the SMiSA Stadium at the beginning of April in a big top six showdown.

Saints went into the match sitting in seventh place - a point behind Livingston in sixth and knew anything but a win would keep the Lions in the driving for a top six spot heading into the final three matches before the split. 

A first-half blitz saw the Buddies blow Livingston away with a Mark O’Hara brace - both from the penalty spot - coming either side of Tony Watt’s first St Mirren goal giving us a 3-0 win and moving us into the top six. 

Goalscorers Mark O'Hara and Tony Watt celebrate after giving us a big win over Livingston (Image: Allan Picken)

Hearts 0-2 St Mirren

A week after our big win over Livingston, Saints travelled through to Edinburgh to take on fellow top six side Hearts at Tynecastle. 

Saints hadn't won in Gorgie since 2013, but a terrific performance - capped off by goals from Curtis Main and Alex Gogic - saw us take a well deserved three points to all but confirm our spot in the top six. 


Post-split

Stephen Robinson's men will start the split with a trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian on Saturday 6th May.  

The Buddies will then face Hearts at the SMiSA Stadium on Saturday 13th May, before an away trip to Celtic a week later.

Despite having already visited Pittodrie twice this season, Saints will head to the Granite City again on Wednesday 24th May to face Aberdeen in our final away fixture of the season. This fixture has been reversed by the SPFL to achieve the 19/19 home/away balance. 

Finally, Saints close out the season at home to Rangers on Saturday 27th May. 

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