There was little of consequence in the first twenty minutes. Both teams were keen to move forward when in possession but defences were on top. The only goalmouth action saw Smith rushing to the edge of his box to snuff out a shot.
Motherwell got the opener following the first corner. It was cleared but we retained the ball and Hammell delivered a lovely curling cross to the far corner of the six yard box where Murphy was stationed. The youngster made no mistake and his header gave Howard no chance as we scored the first goal at the new St Mirren Park.
A defender (Ross?) tried to shepherd the ball beyond the post to safety but it struck the upright to give Clarkson the simplest goal of his career.
News that Falkirk had scored added to the Paisley gloom and we looked comfortable. McGhee had McHugh and McGarry stripped when O’Donnell fired a rocket beyond Smith to give the Saints some hope. Sheridan and Murphy gave way.
The win was well deserved and was a fair reward for much good play. The only pity was that we didn’t play so well when St Mirren were at Fir Park few weeks back.