Motherwell’s 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock not only gave hope to the Fir Park side that they would escape the relegation playoff zone, but they also consigned St.Mirren to relegation.
The win for Ian Baraclough’s side took them 11 points clear of the Paisley side with only nine points to remaining to play for [before Saturday’s game against Ross County].
With nothing to play for other than pride now, the Buddies travelled north to Dingwall to face Ross County and a last gasp penalty from Steven Thompson secured a 2-1 win over their Highland hosts.
County took the lead from the penalty spot after Liam Boyce was tripped in the box. Martin Woods scored from the resulting penalty.
Stephen Mallon, who was awarded SPFL goal of the season at the recent PFA Scotland awards, equalised for St.Mirren.
After Lewis Morgan was caught by County keeper Mark Brown, who was shown a red card, Thompson stepped up for the Buddies to secure all three points – a meaningless result in the grand scheme of things though as the damage had already been done.
With the Buddies dropping down into the Championship, the Renfrewshire derby returns with the promotion of Morton from League One to Scottish football’s second tier.