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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 August, 2004, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
Airdrie 1-0 St Johnstone
Veteran French striker Jerome Vareille grabbed the winner five minutes from time for Airdrie United.

St Johnstone, many people's title favourites, dominated the first half, Mark McGeown producing a fine save to stop Paul Sheerin's goalbound header.

Airdrie rallied after the break and should have gone into the lead when Scott Wilson headed wide a cross from Mark Roberts.

But it was the Second Division champions who secured the victory.

Airdrie Utd: McGeown, William Wilson, Lovering, McGowan (Scott Wilson 18), McManus, Dunn, Vareille (Docherty 87), Marvyn Wilson, Coyle, Gow (McKeown 87), Roberts.
Subs Not Used: Barkey, Hollis.

Booked: Marvyn Wilson.

Goal: Vareille 85.

St Johnstone: Cuthbert, Tait, Malone, Hannah, Rutkiewicz, Maxwell, Stevenson (Hay 69), Bernard, Hardy, Moore, Sheerin (Marshall 87).
Subs Not Used: Nelson, Fraser, Baxter.

Booked: Moore.

Attendance: 2,365

Referee: H Dallas



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