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St Mirren XI 1 Wrexham 6

Posted: Sat 13 Jul 2013
Author: Wrexham FC

Three goals in each half takes Reds into Final...

It’s always a debate that rages between fans, just how good are the Scottish leagues? In the end we still we no nearer discovering the truth after this encounter with a very young St Mirren side.

Initially we were looking at the first team, this was quickly downgraded to their U21s and on the day we faced what was nearer an U19s line-up.

The lads that did pull on the St Mirren shirts at Raydale Park certainly did their club proud, up against a strong more experienced Wrexham line-up.

The Buddies never gave up the chase, despite conceding three goals in each half and at least had the consolation of strike just before the interval.

It was though Wrexham who powered into Sunday’s final and now face Scottish Third Division outfit Stirling Albion in the 3.30pm kick-off.

It was Joe Clarke who got the ball rolling after just 12 minutes when he switched his right foot and fired a low effort back across the face of the goal, squeezing inside the far post and leaving keeper Kieran Hughes stranded.

Six minutes later and Andy Bishop was on the score sheet, finishing off a cross from Clarke at close range, after the midfielder had worked hard on the left wing before being able to supply the ball into the middle.

The ever lively Jay Harris latched onto a poor clearance in the home defence and ran through on the St Mirren keeper, but fair play to Hughes reacting swiftly and blocking the midfielder’s shot.

A third goal did arrive on 36 minutes when Harris’ efforts in the centre of the park saw him slip a pass through for Andy Bishop to fire a rising shot into the home net.

The home goal had several let offs in quick succession as Wrexham forced a series of corners, but it was the Scottish team who were to grab the final goal of the half.

At a Wrexham free kick on the edge of their own box, a misunderstanding saw the ball played back towards the Welsh goal, although Andy Coughlin was forward taking the initial re-start. He managed to half clear the goalbound ball, but his defence then failed to clear the danger fully. This allowed the ball to be squared along the edge of the 18 yard box and Lewis McLear finished in fine style.

A compete change of personnel in the Wrexham ranks, saw eleven fresh faces take to the park and on 54 minutes Jay Colbeck had added our fourth.

The ball had been worked down the left and when the cross came in he was able to fire home from the edge of the box.

On the hour the boss had a chance when through, but his effort shaved the outside of the diving keeper’s right hand post.

Seconds later Andy made amends when firing in a lovely dipping volley that left Hughes flat footed and extended our lead.

All the pressure was coming from the Welshmen and Hughes was well placed to save a good header from Kevin Thornton, with the midfielder impressing once again in the centre of the action.

On 71 minutes a Thornton corner was met well by the head of the ‘Beast’ but somehow the ball was scrambled off the St Mirren line and away to safety.

There was though one more goal in the game and it fell to the lively Jay Colbeck with 16 minutes of the match remaining.

Thornton was once again involved and his pass inside saw the Gaffa out in an outrageous back heel to set Jay free in the box and he made no mistake.

There was still time for Ciss to fire in an angled drive that was kept out by either the keeper’s finger tips or his right hand upright.

A thoroughly enjoyable exercise for the travelling fans, which included some Tartan Reds.

(1st half): Coughlin, Tomassen, Wright, Clowes, Stephens; Harris, Clarke, Hunt; Bailey-Jones, Bishop, Ormerod.

Wrexham (2nd half): Mayebi, Parle, Creighton, N’Taime, Ashton; Evans, Thornton, Colbeck; Cieslewicz, Morrell, Rushton.

St Mirren (1st half): Hughes K, Williams, Stewart, Hughes D, Thomson, Kitchen, Scully, Mallan, McDonald, McLear, Scullion.

St Mirren (2nd half): Hughes K, Heather, Thomson, Hughes D, Cuddihy, McMillan, Chijuoke, Baird, Kitchen (Murray 66), McLear (Beattie 66), Morgan.

Attendance: 205
Away: 75