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Match Report: St Mirren 1-3 Dundee

St Mirren's only pre-season match at the Paisley 2021 Stadium ended in defeat at the hands of Dundee. 

Gavin Reilly scored for Saints in his first appearance at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, but a first half double from Darren O'Dea and an early second half goal from Marcus Haber were enough to secure the visitors the win. 

Saints started off in bright fashion and could have been 1-0 up after only 17 seconds.

New recruit Reilly was in a tigerish mood as he closed down Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain early door, forcing the Scotland squad man to weakly clear the ball to Stephen McGinn. The captain took a touch before quickly surveying his options, sending a curling effort just by the post.

Bain made a world class stop just a few minutes later to deny Dale Hilson. Hilson - who joined the Buddies last week - burst through and smashed towards the middle of the goal with Bain just managing to get his fingertips to it.

Saints had started well but it was the visitors who took the lead with a little over 10 minutes played. Craig Samson's couldn't gather Scott Allan's corner and it was bundled over the line by Dee captain Darren O'Dea. 

Bain was forced into work again in quick succession when good work from Reilly and then Morgan saw the keeper have to claw both efforts away. 

Dundee doubled their lead on 38 minutes when O'Dea scored his second. A short corner found the Irish defender who rose above the Saints defence to power a strong header beyond Samson. 

Half Time: St Mirren 0-2 Dundee

Dundee extended their lead three minutes after the break when Marcus Haber tucked home. Allan sent the ball across for the Canadian striker who finished from close range to put the game out of sight. 

Reilly pulled a goal back for the Buddies on 55 minutes with a tidy finish. The striker played a neat one-two with Kyle Magennis before drilling beyond Bain just inside the box. 

The game may have been billed as a friendly but it had a bit of an edge to it with Dundee's Lewis Spence going into the book for a foul on McGinn. 

Try as they may Saints couldn't cut the deficit further with Morgan seeing a shot saved by Bain with a little over 10 minutes to go. 

Full Time: St Mirren 1-3 Dundee

St Mirren: Samson (Stewart 72), Whyte (Trialist 76), MacKenzie, Baird (Buchanan 45), Stelios, Magennis (Stewart 72), McGinn, Hilson (Kirkpatrick 67), Smith (Todd 59), Morgan (Sutton 82), Reilly (MacPherson 76)

Saints Star Man: Gavin Reilly - the striker looked lively in his first appearance at the Paisley 2021 Stadium and capped it off with a neat goal in the second half.

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