Leading into this match, Inverness trailed St. Mirren by just the two points, having been somewhat inconsistent with their results up to this point. The Buddies on the other hand, had deservedly earned ten points from their last four matches, following a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Dunfermline Athletic back in early September.off the back of this form, St. Mirren comfortably won with two first half goals from Lewis McLear and Jaison McGrath.
the match was hard but fairly fought with some real meaty challenges thrown in at times from both sets of players. Thistle held their own in the centre of the park for spells, but they failed to ask questions of the home defence and relied instead on long range efforts.
In contrast, St. Mirren looked solid across the back and always looked dangerous when breaking toward the Inverness goal. Morgan created the first of St. Mirren’s chances when he surged down the wing, losing then regaining the ball, before crossing in for Dylan Pooler to send tamely toward the imposing Cammy MacKay.
Jordan Stewart then produced a decent long range strike on the Inverness goal, shortly before Morgan made a lung bursting run to create another great opportunity for the Buddies. Pooler won a challenge then played wide for Morgan and the midfielder made a strong run into the penalty area before playing the ball into the six yard box. McLear ran onto it, but mistimed his attempted strike and the match remained scoreless.
However, it wasn’t to remain so for long and a few moments later St. Mirren were awarded a free kick thirty five yards from the Inverness goal. The ball was sent into the penalty area and Lewis McLear headed in to take the lead.
Minutes later it was two, when Jaison McGrath struck a corner into the penalty area, only for it to be cleared back towards him He then struck it back towards goal to double the Paisley side's lead.
The goal managed to spark some life into Thistle, and immediately from the kick off, Cameron Gilchrist made his way forward sending a shot across the bow of the St. Mirren goal. This was followed by unsuccessful attempts from Ian Vigurs, Ali Sutherland, Andrew MacRea, Blair MacLennan and the Trialist. Instead having to content themselves with going into the break just the two goals down.