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St Johnstone   2 - 3   Celtic

St Johnstone v Celtic

Highlights - St Johnstone 2-3 Celtic

By Thomas McGuigan

Celtic fired three goals inside 13 minutes before surviving a St Johnstone comeback to win a pulsating Co-operative Insurance Cup tie.

Anthony Stokes drilled Celtic into the lead before Niall McGinn forced the ball home after Graeme Smith had parried Ki Sung-Yeung's free-kick.

Stokes added his second but Sam Parkin reduced the deficit when he pounced on Glenn Loovens's mistake.

Murray Davidson's header gave Saints hope but the visitors held on.

St Johnstone, fresh from their 2-1 league win over Hamilton Accies, welcomed a Celtic side looking to purge the memory of last weekend's Old Firm derby defeat.

Neil Lennon's men started purposefully and the movement of Stokes and McGinn caused the Saints defence some early problems.

Liam Craig cleared McGinn's low cross after the Northern Ireland international had been fed by Gary Hooper.

But Stokes gave Celtic an early lead when Ki's cross was not cleared and the striker drilled a superb shot low past Smith.

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The visitors doubled their lead soon after when Smith could only parry Ki's free-kick from about 15 yards and McGinn pounced to lash the ball home from close range.

And Stokes scored his second and Celtic's third when McGinn raced down the right and his cross was directed home via Smith's right-hand post.

Hooper then threaded a great ball through to Joe Ledley, but the former Cardiff City midfielder was flagged offside as he bore down on goal when he appeared to be played on by the Saints defence.

The home side seized on that let-off moments later when Smith's long punt downfield was headed on by Grainger and Parkin outfoxed Loovens to arrow the ball home.

St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson headed home their second goal
Murray Davidson's header gave Saints renewed hope at McDiarmid Park

Five minutes before the break Craig found himself in space on the edge of the area but he lashed the ball high and wide of Forster's goal under pressure from Daniel Majstorovic.

Saints spurned a great chance to reduce the deficit further on the stroke of half-time when Parkin found himself in acres of space in the box, but the striker's shot was blocked by Forster.

The hosts came racing out of the traps after the break and appeared to grow in confidence against a shaky Celtic defence.

Lennon critical of individual mistakes

And they scored their second of the night when Grainger's header was powerfully headed home by Davidson as the midfielder stole in ahead of Majstorovic.

Hooper then scooped a great chance wide when he found himself through on goal against Smith.

Saints looked increasingly dangerous, particularly at set-pieces, and Parkin was denied by Forster's superb reaction save with the Celtic defence all at sea.

Hooper missed a glorious chance to extend Celtic's lead when he lost his footing as he tried to round keeper Smith inside the box and Stokes's attempted back-heel was cleared for a corner.

Saints pressed furiously in the search for an equaliser and Myrie-Williams looked to have scored in injury-time but Forster stabbed it clear as Celtic held on to book their place in the last four.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

CIS Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 2-3 Celtic FT
(HT 1-3)
  • Parkin 31
  • Davidson 54
  • Stokes 8
  • McGinn 12
  • Stokes 13

St Johnstone

  • 15 Smith
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Grainger
  • 06 Duberry
  • 12 Anderson (Myrie-Williams 46)
  • 19 Maybury
  • 07 Millar yellow card
  • 10 Craig (MacDonald 82)
  • 20 Davidson
  • 09 Parkin
  • 21 Samuel (Haber 66)

Substitutes

  • 01 Enckelman,
  • 05 Rutkiewicz,
  • 16 MacDonald,
  • 25 Myrie-Williams,
  • 27 Haber

Celtic

  • 26 Forster
  • 03 Izaguirre (Mulgrew 85)
  • 05 Majstorovic yellow card
  • 11 Cha Du-Ri
  • 22 Loovens
  • 14 McGinn
  • 16 Ledley
  • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung
  • 09 Samaras
  • 10 Stokes
  • 88 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 04 Juarez,
  • 21 Mulgrew,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 20 McCourt
Ref: ThompsonAtt: 5,151
ST JOHNSTONE
CELTIC

Possession

  • St Johnstone 49%
  • Celtic 51%

Attempts on target

  • St Johnstone 7
  • Celtic 10

Attempts off target

  • St Johnstone 4
  • Celtic 2

Corners

  • St Johnstone 13
  • Celtic 7

Fouls

  • St Johnstone 17
  • Celtic 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:27 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:57 The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter MacDonald on Glenn Loovens. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 89:44 Shot by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Save by Fraser Forster. Daniel Grainger decides to take a short corner.
  • 88:26 Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance. Daniel Grainger takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
  • 87:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Du-Ri Cha. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:48 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Anthony Stokes makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
  • 85:27 Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 84:07 Substitution Emilio Izaguirre leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 81:54 Substitution Peter MacDonald comes on in place of Liam Craig.
  • 80:41 Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Haber. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right channel, save made by Fraser Forster.
  • 79:27 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Marcus Haber produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 78:55 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
  • 78:02 Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
  • 77:27 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Daniel Grainger. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 75:43 Niall McGinn sends in a cross, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Du-Ri Cha by Daniel Grainger. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 73:33 Effort on goal by Liam Craig from 20 yards. Blocked by Glenn Loovens. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
  • 72:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 72:02 Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, save by Graeme Smith.
  • 70:37 Sam Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Georgios Samaras. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:46 Sung-Yong Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:31 Anthony Stokes takes the outswinging corner, Sam Parkin manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:28 Substitution Collin Samuel leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.
  • 63:11 Collin Samuel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 62:49 Niall McGinn has an effort at goal. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 61:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Georgios Samaras makes a clearance.
  • 60:49 Sam Parkin takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
  • 60:06 Unfair challenge on Du-Ri Cha by Jennison Myrie-Williams results in a free kick. Du-Ri Cha takes the free kick.
  • 58:43 Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Daniel Majstorovic results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 58:43 Booking Daniel Majstorovic booked.
  • 55:27 Effort from the edge of the area by Gary Hooper goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 54:46 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Anthony Stokes.
  • 53:32 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, assist by Daniel Grainger.
  • 53:32 GOAL - Murray DavidsonSt Johnstone 2 - 3 Celtic Murray Davidson scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. St Johnstone 2-3 Celtic.
  • 51:21 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Emilio Izaguirre produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 50:24 Shot from 18 yards by Anthony Stokes. David MacKay gets a block in. Sung-Yong Ki decides to take a short corner. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sung-Yong Ki.
  • 49:55 Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
  • 49:55 Booking Chris Millar is shown a yellow card.
  • 46:54 Niall McGinn crosses the ball.
  • 46:13 Liam Craig takes a inswinging corner.
  • 45:49 Foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Sam Parkin, free kick awarded. Alan Maybury takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:10 Effort from the edge of the box by Collin Samuel goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams on for Steven Anderson.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:49 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:26 Sam Parkin takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
  • 45:00+0:18 Gary Hooper is caught offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 44:54 Liam Craig produces a cross.
  • 42:02 Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Liam Craig results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sung-Yong Ki.
  • 41:17 Georgios Samaras produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 40:03 Liam Craig takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 34:18 Collin Samuel produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
  • 32:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Michael Duberry. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
  • 31:56 Foul by Sung-Yong Ki on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
  • 30:50 GOAL - Sam ParkinSt Johnstone 1 - 3 Celtic Sam Parkin fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic.
  • 30:17 The referee blows for offside against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 27:30 Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, clearance by Alan Maybury.
  • 27:13 Short corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre from the left by-line.
  • 26:42 Collin Samuel is caught offside. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 25:53 Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
  • 24:53 Corner from the right by-line taken by Sung-Yong Ki, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 24:11 Centre by Du-Ri Cha, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
  • 20:54 Collin Samuel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Glenn Loovens takes the indirect free kick.
  • 18:33 A cross is delivered by Murray Davidson, Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:41 The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:51 Sam Parkin fouled by Daniel Majstorovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 15:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
  • 14:49 Alan Maybury fouled by Sung-Yong Ki, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Millar. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:43 Niall McGinn provided the assist for the goal.
  • 12:43 GOAL - Anthony StokesSt Johnstone 0 - 3 Celtic Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Celtic.
  • 11:15 Murray Davidson challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 11:15 GOAL - Niall McGinnSt Johnstone 0 - 2 Celtic Niall McGinn scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic.
  • 9:29 Anthony Stokes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Graeme Smith makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Emilio Izaguirre, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:40 The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
  • 7:37 GOAL - Anthony StokesSt Johnstone 0 - 1 Celtic Anthony Stokes grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic.
  • 6:49 Centre by Niall McGinn, clearance made by Liam Craig. Sung-Yong Ki takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:30 Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:54 Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
  • 2:00 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 1:34 Sam Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:16 Collin Samuel is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
  • 0:39 Liam Craig challenges Sung-Yong Ki unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:12 Joe Ledley fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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