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Latics Fall To Pre-Season Defeat

15 July 2015

Oldham Athletic fell to defeat against St Mirren in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Stirling University.

Lewis McKear scored the only goal of the game as Darren Kelly's side fell to defeat in their first game in Scotland.

Latics started the game brightly with Liam Kelly and Danny Philliskirk causing problems to the St Mirren defence.

Dominic Poleon, who operated on the left-wing role, went close on 13 minutes but the goalkeeper saved well from his shot from 12 yards.

The defence were limiting St Mirren to no chances in the opening half hour of the game with George Edmundson and trialist Gavin Gunning looking composed at the back. 

Latics were creating chances and captain Kelly hammered a shot from 25 yards which just deflected over the crossbar. 

With the game heating up, the referee blew the half time whistle with both sides making changes at the break.

Five minutes into the second half, Latics went close to opening the scoring through Danny Philliskirk. Kelly's free kick found Gunning who headed across the box to Philliskirk but the goalkeeper just beat the striker to the ball. 

Just before the hour mark, St Mirren took the lead. The ball was cut back to McKear who finished neatly past Joel Coleman to put St Mirren ahead.

Two minutes later, Coleman pulled off a wonder save to deny St Mirren extending their lead. Goalscorer McKear smashed a free kick from 18 yards but Coleman's reflexes were sharp to push the ball onto the post and the danger was cleared.

Substitute Jack Tuohy went closest for Latics in the second half but his shot from 25 yards just went the wrong side of the post.

The referee blew time on the game with Latics falling to defeat but it was a good work out for the players.

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