Aberdeen 4-1 St Mirren: Miovski double as 10-man visitors routed

Bojan Miovski slots home to give Aberdeen the lead
Bojan Miovski slots home to give Aberdeen the lead

Bojan Miovski’s double, a screamer from debutant Leighton Clarkson, and a dinked Luis Lopes finish gave Aberdeen their first Scottish Premiership win of the season as they eased to victory over 10-man St Mirren at Pittodrie.

Former Aberdeen defender Declan Gallagher’s return to the north east was short-lived as he was sent off midway through the first half.

His second yellow came for a deliberate handball in the box, with Miovski tucking in the penalty before a poacher’s finish doubled his tally.

The pick of the bunch was from Clarkson, a first-half substitute, who struck an arrowed effort into the top corner just before the break.

St Mirren got one back when Jonah Ayunga scored from the spot, but Lopes sealed the win with a cute lob as Aberdeen broke up the pitch.

Both sides looked very different from the teams that produced a goalless draw in the final game of last season. Only three Aberdeen players from that day started here, with Jim Goodwin having added 11 new signings to the squad.

He only signed Liverpool loanee Clarkson on the morning of the game, but the midfielder was thrown on for his debut after just 12 minutes when Gallagher scythed down Hayden Coulson, forcing the left-back off injured.

Gallagher’s afternoon was soon cut short when Liam Scales blasted a rebound into the St Mirren defender’s arm in the box. Gallagher saw red, and Aberdeen’s new number nine Miovski rifled home the penalty.

If the first goal was harsh to concede, the second was sloppy in the extreme. Jonny Hayes’ low cross was deflected and Trevor Carson waited for the ball to come to him on his line. Miovski showed predatory instincts to nip in front of the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the net.

Clarkson had made a good impact already and would extend Aberdeen’s lead when he laced the ball into the top corner with a first-time strike from 20 yards.

St Mirren had a mountain to climb in the second half, but the journey looked easier when Alan Muir pointed to the spot when Hayes was harshly judged to have nudged Greg Kiltie. Kelle Roos could have done better, getting a strong arm to Ayunga’s penalty, but the ball looped into the net.

Lopes added the icing to the cake with his last-minute strike. St Mirren’s line were pressed high and Christian Ramirez was able to play Lopez clean through to dink over Carson and give Goodwin his biggest league win as Aberdeen manager.

Clarkson lights up the Dons’ performance

Aberdeen started poorly, sloppy in possession and allowing St Mirren into dangerous areas. However, they bounced back quickly and took advantage of the opportunities St Mirren afforded them.

The loss of Coulson was a setback, but the introduction of Clarkson ended up as a masterstroke.

It allowed Scales to slot into left-back, and Clarkson the opportunity to control a midfield that was giving him time and space.

It was an impressive debut from the Liverpool loanee – who Aberdeen fans will be hoping can emulate James Maddison rather than Matty Longstaff.

When he wasn’t dictating the tempo he was determined to strike from distance.

It was a worrying display from St Mirren. Stephen Robinson has publicly stated that he wants to play a counter-attacking brand of football. Today, they didn’t get out the starting blocks.

What’s next?

Aberdeen host managerless Motherwell next Saturday, with St Mirren welcoming Ross County to Paisley (both 15:00 BST).

Player of the match

MiovskiBojan Miovski

Aberdeen

  1. Squad number9Player nameMiovski

  2. Squad number17Player nameHayes

  3. Squad number10Player nameBesujien

  4. Squad number25Player nameRichardson

  5. Squad number11Player nameDuke

  6. Squad number33Player nameKennedy

  7. Squad number16Player nameRamadans

  8. Squad number4Player nameScales

  9. Squad number20Player nameClarkson

  10. Squad number2Player nameMcCrorie

  11. Squad number5Player nameStewart

  12. Squad number99Player nameRamírez

  13. Squad number24Player nameRoos

  14. Squad number22Player nameCoulson

  15. Squad number37Player nameRoberts

St Mirren

  1. Squad number7Player nameAyung

  2. Squad number2Player nameTait

  3. Squad number1Player nameCarson

  4. Squad number21Player nameGreive

  5. Squad number30Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number18Player nameDunne

  7. Squad number8Player nameFlynn

  8. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy

  9. Squad number17Player nameBacchus

  10. Squad number11Player nameKiltie

  11. Squad number16Player nameErhahon

  12. Squad number23Player nameStrain

  13. Squad number10Player nameMain

  14. Squad number9Player nameBrophy

  15. Squad number31Player nameGallagher

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Roos
  • 25Richardson
  • 5Stewart
  • 4Scales
  • 22CoulsonSubstituted forClarksonat 12′minutes
  • 16Ramadans
  • 2McCrorieBooked at 61mins
  • 33KennedySubstituted forRobertsat 63′minutesSubstituted forat 81′minutes
  • 10Besujien
  • 17HayesSubstituted forde Barros Lopesat 72′minutes
  • 9MiovskiSubstituted forRamírezat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lewis
  • 11de Barros Lopes
  • 15Watkins
  • 20Clarkson
  • 21Polvara
  • 23Duncan
  • 28Milne
  • 37Roberts
  • 99Ramírez

St Mirren

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Carson
  • 31GallagherBooked at 23mins
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 18Dunne
  • 23StrainSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1′minutes
  • 17BacchusSubstituted forGreiveat 78′minutes
  • 16Erhahon
  • 11KiltieBooked at 85mins
  • 2Tait
  • 7AyungBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBrophyat 78′minutes
  • 10MainSubstituted forFlynnat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Flynn
  • 9Brophy
  • 12Henderson
  • 15Reid
  • 20Olusanya
  • 21Greive
  • 25Offord
  • 27Urminsky
  • 30Taylor

Referees:
Alan Muir

Attendance:
14,420

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