Inverness CT 2 - 2 St Mirren: Champions-to-be lose two goal lead

Jack Ross, the St Mirren manager, took solace from a point gained despite St Mirren's late collapse in Inverness.

St Mirren's Ryan Flynn is closed down by Inverness' Iain Vigurs and Liam Polworth. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner

An early Harry Davis penalty had fired Saints into the lead after Coll Donaldson’s tug back of away striker Danny Mullen. Celtic-bound Lewis Morgan produced a classy free-kick midway with the champions-elect looking comfortable.

For the hosts, both Iain Vigurs and Aaron Doran had strong penalty claims waved away on a day home goalkeeper Mark Ridgers produced four quality saves and denied Davis a second penalty with another fine stop.

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But the hosts stormed back with Gary Warren’s 78th minute header and a stunning Liam Polworth free-kick from 25 yards levelling matters.

Ross, while seeing his team’s title lead trimmed from 14 to 12 points, looked at it as a point gained.

“It’s not easy to win leagues,” he said. “Rather than our lead being cut, it is more about gaining a point towards the total which means we can’t be caught.”