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Erhahon nets winner as St Mirren extend unbeaten run

St Mirren stretched their unbeaten run to five matches as they beat Livingston 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Ethan Erhahon.

The Buddies clinched their first league win of the campaign last weekend at home to Aberdeen and Erhahon’s goal at the end of a lightning counter-attack was enough to ensure Jim Goodwin’s side lifted themselves up to seventh in the Premiership table.

For Livingston, a third straight loss leaves them with just their recent shock win over Celtic as their only success in the top flight.

After some tentative early exchanges, it was St Mirren who earned themselves the first meaningful sight at goal in the 15th minute.

Jamie McGrath found a pocket of space 40 yards from goal and slipped a bouncing pass through for Matt Millar to chase.

Just as it appeared the wing-back might win the foot race, home keeper Max Stryjek sped from his line to snuff out the attack at the edge of his box.

Livingston finally sparked some life into their attack six minutes later but Alan Forrest’s shot could not make it through a sea of legs in the St Mirren defence.

Midway through the half, they then carved out the game’s first real opportunity.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 02: St Mirren's Ethan Erhahon makes it 1-0 during the cinch Premiership match between Livingston and St Mirren at the Tony Macaroni Arena on October 02, 2021, in Livingston, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

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Ethan Erhahon fires St Mirren ahead

Jackson Longridge’s tenacity won back possession for the Lions and Stephane Omeonga burst forward before slipping a pass wide for the supporting Odin Bailey.

The winger engineered room for the shot but Jak Alnwick was equal to the effort and beat it away.

Just as the home side looked to be gaining the upper hand, St Mirren made the breakthrough.

Livingston enjoyed an attacking corner but the Buddies broke at speed and Erhahon drilled into the bottom corner from the left edge of the box after benefiting from a Marcus Fraser pass.

The Lions recovered and finished the first half the stronger of the two teams.

James Penrice combined well with Andrew Shinnie but Alnwick was equal to his eventual shot and the St Mirren keeper was untroubled by an Omeonga effort before Forrest’s drive was deflected across goal and wide.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 02: James Penrice despairs after Livingston's 1-0 loss at home during the cinch Premiership match between Livingston and St Mirren at the Tony Macaroni Arena on October 02, 2021, in Livingston, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

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Livingston have lost their last three games

In added time, Bailey’s deep corner was nodded back into the mix by Forrest but Ayo Obileye’s close-range volley was booted clear on the line.

Livingston began the second half as they finished the first and Longridge’s shot was deflected wide before they worked another clear sight at goal.

Forrest’s cross was deflected into the path of Bailey but the winger’s shot was deflected up off a St Mirren defender and over the crossbar.

The Lions pushed hard for an equaliser but it was St Mirren who threatened to grab the next goal.

Stryjek had to save from Millar and substitute Curtis Main before Conor McCarthy volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.

In the end, a second was not required as the visitors stood firm for another three points.