St Mirren 2-2 Hearts: Lawrence Shankland Reaches 30-goal Mark in Scottish Premiership Draw - Latest Global News

St Mirren 2-2 Hearts: Lawrence Shankland Reaches 30-goal Mark in Scottish Premiership Draw

Lawrence Shankland scored his 30th goal of the season for Hearts, helping his team to a 2-2 draw away to St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

James Scott and James Bolton each scored their first goals for the hosts after Kyosuke Tagawa equalized.

But Shankland stole the show with a spectacular volley after coming off the bench, breaking the 30-goal mark for the club, adding to the one he scored for Scotland against Georgia.

Neither side had much of a chance as Hearts had long since secured third place, while Dundee’s defeat to Rangers on Tuesday saw St Mirren finish in fifth place, returning to the top spot for the first time since 1987 European football returned.

Buddies boss Stephen Robinson made four changes after the weekend defeat to Kilmarnock, with starts for Jaden Brown, Richard Taylor, Keanu Baccus and Scott. Ryan Strain, Marcus Fraser, Caolan Boyd-Munce and Toyosi Olusanya have been eliminated.

Hearts made five changes to the team that started against Dundee. In addition to Shankland, Stephen Kingsley, Beni Baningime, Kenneth Vargas and Barrie McKay were also eliminated.

Taking their place were Toby Sibbick, Frankie Kent, Aidan Denholm, Scott Fraser and Tagawa, while Liam Boyce was off the bench in his first game in five months.

St Mirren started brightly, Mikael Mandron firing over from an early chance. Baccus then played to Scott, who was denied by a clever save from Craig Gordon.

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Lawrence Shankland (right) celebrates his equalizer for Hearts against St Mirren

However, minutes later the former Motherwell striker scored his first goal for St Mirren. Scott Tanser’s cross was headed back across goal by Mandron, allowing Scott to volley past the goalkeeper in the seventh minute.

After 20 minutes, Hearts equalized with their first real chance. Cameron Devlin’s cross was perfect for Tagawa and he fired a low shot past Zach Hemming.

The Japanese striker could have scored his second goal just before half-time but missed his shot from Alex Cochrane’s cross.

Tagawa also had the first chance of the second half but Taylor did well to get over the ball and make an excellent block.

Both sides have made changes to energize the competition. Shankland was one of those who appeared, but the attempt from the edge of the box went wide of the goal.

Instead, it was a St Mirren substitute who scored the next goal: Boyd-Munce fired the ball perfectly at the back post for Bolton to head past Gordon.

Shankland was not to be outdone as he achieved his personal goal with a great volley over his shoulder after a corner had only been partially cleared.

What the managers said…

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson:

“The boys have been absolutely fantastic for me. The guys on loan will go back. Charles Dunne and Keanu Baccus were absolutely fantastic for me.”

“Dunne was with me everywhere. He was very loyal and very good for St Mirren.”

“These players will move on and with our best wishes because they have been great for the club and for me. I’m glad we had the privilege of working with them.”

Robinson admitted he was relieved when his team secured qualification for the European Championships without kicking a ball the night before after Rangers overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Dundee 5-2.

“I’ve been very happy about it! I turned the TV off during half-time and turned it back on three minutes before the end and was very happy.”

“In an ideal world you do it yourself, but it took the pressure off. We are happy to be in Europe and look forward to the draw.”

“It gives us the opportunity to progress, earn more money for the club and continue to build here. Expectations are high here now and we have to face future expectations. We will accept it.”

hearts boss Steven Naismith to Lawrence Shankland:

“It’s incredible. He got praise and people talked all season, but I don’t think people will really understand it for a few years until it’s over and someone else is scoring goals.”

“Hearts did a lot to get him here and then they trusted he would be good. He was a brilliant professional, a good leader and his goalscoring record in his two seasons here is incredible.”

“He deserves everything that comes his way. He had to work hard his entire career to make something of it. He experienced setbacks and setbacks when he was younger and now he is receiving recognition through awards and international accolades.”
Scene. But he deserves it in every way.”

What’s next?

St Mirren The final Scottish Premiership game of the season is away Celtic on Saturday, live on Sky. hearts are at home ranger.

Both games start at 12.30 p.m.

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