Harambee Stars striker helps St. Mirren keep Scottish FA Cup hopes alive with solid display

STARS ABROAD Harambee Stars striker helps St. Mirren keep Scottish FA Cup hopes alive with solid display

Mark Kinyanjui 10:53 - 21.01.2024

Harambee Stars striker Jonah Ayunga inspired St.Mirren to reach the Scottish Cup fifth round with a solid display upfront.

Harambee Stars striker Jonah Ayunga helped St.Mirren overcome Queen of the South 1-0 to keep their chances of lifting the 2023/2024 Scottish Cup alive on Saturday afternoon.

Ayunga, who now looks like he is at 100 percent since returning from a nasty ACL injury in December, led the line well and even though he did not score, contributed effectively by allowing his teammates into the game which laid a platform for them to find the winner.

The 26-year-old striker has scored two goals in 11 league appearances this season and will be fancying his chances of returning to the national team for the first time since 2018 this March.

St Mirren almost took the lead when Ayunga's goal-bound effort was parried by Harry Stone, while Kiltie was on hand to tap into the empty net but the flag was up for offside.

The midfielder then tried his luck with a well-struck half-volley from just outside the box which whistled past.

The hosts were dominating the ball but not carrying enough threat in the final third and they almost paid the price when Lewis Gibson swung in a cross that found Lee Connelly bang in front of goal.

The delivery was begging to be met first time but the striker tried instead to bring it down, his touch was heavy and the chance was gone.

The League 1 side were starting to settle into the game and captain Paul McKay fired in an effort from 25 yards which flew just over the bar.

St Mirren looked like they were about to make the breakthrough early in the second half when Elvis Bwomono sent a fierce volley towards goal, but Efe Ambrose made a tremendous block.

Scott Tanser had Stone beaten in the away goal with a sweet strike from the edge of the box that came crashing back off the crossbar.

The home side finally made the breakthrough when Gogic met a corner with a bullet header into the top corner 19 minutes from time.

Stone was forced into a good save to deny Kiltie adding a second and James Bolton missed with a close-range header late on, but it mattered little as the Premiership side saw it out to book their

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