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Hibernian v St Johnstone

Highlights - Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone

St Johnstone snatched a dramatic late winner to pile on relegation fears for Hibernian in a whirlwind finish at Easter Road

Debutant Lee Croft's 18-yard effort put the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark, but Hibs levelled following Leigh Griffiths' penalty.

Liam Craig instantly restored the lead with a composed finish and Callum Booth curled past Peter Enckelman for 2-2.

However, Francisco Sandaza's pinpoint shot clinched a vital three points.

St Johnstone debutant Croft was at the heart of the action early on and the on-loan Derby man committed a two-footed challenge on Hibs' Isaiah Osbourne with studs showing, but referee Euan Norris opted for only a yellow card.

Hibs' Garry O'Connor forced Enckelman into action for the first time when he let fly with a left-foot effort that was turned away for a corner after Booth's ball over the top.

However, St Johnstone were also beginning to look dangerous in attack and Sandaza tricked his way into the Hibs box and found space but took the shot on himself from an angle rather than search for a team-mate.

The visitors' breakthrough was not far away and it came through new boy Croft. He drove forward and unleashed a shot from around 18 yards that Paul Hanlon did well to block, but the ball rebounded to the Saints man and he let fly again with his right boot to put his side ahead.

Steve Lomas' side came closest to another goal before half-time when Craig's inswinging corner found the head of Dave Mackay but was tipped over by Mark Brown.

The second 45 minutes began at a frantic pace and Hibs midfielder Lewis Stevenson miskicked in front of goal when he found himself free in the penalty area.

David Stephens then had to clear an effort from Marcus Haber off the line despite keeper Brown getting a good hand to it.

The Perth side had more chances to kill the game as Pat Fenlon saw his side's defence began to crumble. Sandaza looked to pick out his Canadian strike partner, but he checked out of his run when he would have had a tap-in.

Next, the Spaniard fooled Stephens with a dummy as he glided into the penalty area, but Brown blocked well.

The game took a dramatic twist on 70 minutes when the home side were awarded a penalty for a Steven Anderson push on Griffiths and the striker stepped up to send Enckelman the wrong way from the spot.

However, St Johnstone were back in front instantly when the Hibs defence switched off. Craig latched onto a ball from halfway and, as defender Stephens dithered, the midfielder robbed him of the ball and netted with a composed finish.

Hibs come so close to an equaliser as Griffiths' header hit the bar from Eoin Doyle's cross, but they did not have long to wait as Booth finished off a give-and-go with a shot that curled past Enckelman.

The scoring was still not complete and Sandaza stuck a dagger through Hibs hearts with three minutes remaining as he collected a cross from the left, swivelled and squeezed a shot past Brown to seal St Johnstone's three points.

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Scottish Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Griffiths (pen) 70
  • Booth 84
  • Croft 30
  • Craig 71
  • Sandaza 87

Hibernian

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Hart
  • 03 Booth
  • 04 Hanlon yellow card
  • 20 Stephens
  • 22 Francomb (Wotherspoon 56)
  • 16 Stevenson yellow card
  • 17 Sproule (Galbraith 64)
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 09 O'Connor (Doyle 64)
  • 28 Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 01 Stack,
  • 05 O'Hanlon,
  • 25 Towell,
  • 34 Smith,
  • 07 Wotherspoon,
  • 11 Galbraith,
  • 10 Doyle

St Johnstone

  • 01 Enckelman
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson yellow card
  • 06 Anderson
  • 18 McCracken
  • 04 Morris
  • 08 Davidson
  • 09 Croft yellow card (Compton 74)
  • 10 Craig yellow card
  • 21 Sandaza yellow card
  • 23 Haber (Sheridan 83)

Substitutes

  • 15 Mannus,
  • 12 Maybury,
  • 31 Moffat,
  • 34 Keiran Stewart,
  • 39 Gray,
  • 11 Sheridan,
  • 24 Compton
Ref: NorrisAtt: 8,772
HIBERNIAN
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • Hibernian 45%
  • St Johnstone 55%

Attempts on target

  • Hibernian 3
  • St Johnstone 3

Attempts off target

  • Hibernian 7
  • St Johnstone 6

Corners

  • Hibernian 6
  • St Johnstone 4

Fouls

  • Hibernian 11
  • St Johnstone 19
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:08 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:02 Michael Hart produces a cross, clearance by David McCracken.
  • 90:00+1:49 Lewis Stevenson crosses the ball, Liam Craig makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:07 A cross is delivered by Jack Compton.
  • 90:00 Foul by Eoin Doyle on David McCracken, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:14 Booking Francisco Sandaza receives a yellow card.
  • 86:46 Liam Craig provided the assist for the goal.
  • 86:46 GOAL - Francisco SandazaHibernian 2 - 3 St Johnstone Francisco Sandaza scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone.
  • 85:50 Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line. Free kick awarded for a foul by David Stephens on David McCracken. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
  • 85:04 Unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by David MacKay results in a free kick. Callum Booth takes the free kick.
  • 83:44 Isaiah Osbourne provided the assist for the goal.
  • 83:44 GOAL - Callum BoothHibernian 2 - 2 St Johnstone Callum Booth finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-2 St Johnstone.
  • 82:17 Headed effort from just outside the box by Leigh Griffiths goes over the bar.
  • 82:17 Substitution (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Cillian Sheridan coming on for Marcus Haber.
  • 78:26 Callum Booth produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 77:23 Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Wotherspoon, Callum Davidson manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Stephens by Marcus Haber. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
  • 73:48 Substitution Jack Compton is brought on as a substitute for Lee Croft.
  • 73:07 Liam Craig delivers the ball, Callum Booth manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:29 Lewis Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
  • 72:17 The ball is delivered by Michael Hart, clearance by Steven Anderson.
  • 70:50 Booking Booking for Liam Craig.
  • 70:09 The assist for the goal came from David MacKay.
  • 70:09 GOAL - Liam CraigHibernian 1 - 2 St Johnstone Liam Craig scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-2 St Johnstone.
  • 69:15 GOAL - Leigh GriffithsHibernian 1 - 1 St Johnstone Placed penalty scored by Leigh Griffiths. Hibernian 1-1 St Johnstone.
  • 68:18 The ball is swung over by Leigh Griffiths, Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Steven Anderson results in a Penalty.
  • 66:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
  • 66:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leigh Griffiths, save by Peter Enckelman.
  • 65:03 David MacKay takes the free kick.
  • 65:03 Booking Lewis Stevenson is booked.
  • 64:22 Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Lewis Stevenson results in a free kick.
  • 63:29 Substitution Garry O'Connor leaves the field to be replaced by Eoin Doyle.
  • 63:29 Substitution Daniel Galbraith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ivan Sproule.
  • 63:29 Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
  • 61:32 A cross is delivered by Liam Craig.
  • 60:34 Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:33 David Stephens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Liam Craig.
  • 58:30 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, Lee Croft manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:35 Headed effort from inside the area by Murray Davidson misses to the left of the goal. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Morris on Garry O'Connor. Garry O'Connor takes the indirect free kick.
  • 56:20 A cross is delivered by Marcus Haber, save by Mark Brown.
  • 55:38 Substitution David Wotherspoon is brought on as a substitute for George Francomb.
  • 55:06 The referee blows for offside. Michael Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:10 Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Michael Hart makes a clearance. Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Marcus Haber manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:28 Michael Hart takes a shot.
  • 52:36 The ball is swung over by Michael Hart, Liam Craig makes a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths.
  • 51:23 Unfair challenge on Lee Croft by Callum Booth results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
  • 50:30 Leigh Griffiths is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:05 George Francomb delivers the ball, clearance by David MacKay.
  • 47:33 Ivan Sproule sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Davidson.
  • 47:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Stephens by Liam Craig. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 46:11 Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Hart. David Stephens takes the free kick.
  • 45:34 The ball is swung over by Marcus Haber, save by Mark Brown.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:24 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:07 George Francomb concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson.
  • 45:00+0:05 Michael Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:05 Booking Booking for Callum Davidson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 44:51 Callum Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Hart.
  • 40:11 The free kick is swung in right-footed by David MacKay, save by Mark Brown. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig. David Stephens is caught offside. Liam Craig takes the indirect free kick. Garry O'Connor fouled by David McCracken, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Booth.
  • 40:11 Booking Paul Hanlon is shown a yellow card.
  • 40:03 Paul Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber.
  • 38:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Marcus Haber. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
  • 36:50 Marcus Haber is ruled offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ivan Sproule, save by Peter Enckelman.
  • Correction - 36:07 Shot from just outside the box by Leigh Griffiths misses to the right of the goal.
  • 36:07 Leigh Griffiths has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 34:34 Francisco Sandaza produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 33:09 The ball is swung over by Francisco Sandaza, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:18 Lee Croft concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Booth. Callum Booth takes the free kick.
  • 29:44 Callum Davidson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 29:44 GOAL - Lee CroftHibernian 0 - 1 St Johnstone A goal is scored by Lee Croft from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 St Johnstone.
  • 29:05 Francisco Sandaza is ruled offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
  • 28:21 Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor. Ivan Sproule takes the free kick.
  • 26:16 Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Mark Brown makes a save.
  • 26:08 The ball is delivered by Francisco Sandaza, clearance made by Michael Hart.
  • 25:09 Shot by Leigh Griffiths from outside the box goes over the net.
  • Correction - 24:02 David Stephens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 24:02 Unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by David Stephens results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left channel, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
  • 22:45 Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Ivan Sproule. David Stephens delivers the ball, David McCracken makes a clearance.
  • 22:08 Foul by Callum Davidson on George Francomb, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths.
  • 21:24 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne.
  • 21:00 Callum Booth crosses the ball, David McCracken manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:47 Liam Craig is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
  • 18:55 Steven Anderson challenges Garry O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leigh Griffiths fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
  • 18:24 Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 18:24 Booking Lee Croft booked.
  • 18:17 Lee Croft concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne.
  • 15:26 Ivan Sproule sends in a cross, George Francomb takes a shot. Clearance made by Callum Davidson.
  • 13:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Lewis Stevenson. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
  • 13:06 David Stephens produces a cross, clearance made by Callum Davidson. The ball is crossed by David Stephens, Murray Davidson makes a clearance. Centre by David Stephens.
  • 11:08 David MacKay produces a cross, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Lee Croft, Garry O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:03 Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
  • 8:59 The referee blows for offside against Garry O'Connor. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:14 Foul by Marcus Haber on Paul Hanlon, free kick awarded. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:25 Liam Craig has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 4:59 The ball is delivered by Lee Croft, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:00 Callum Davidson fouled by Leigh Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
  • 1:28 Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on David Stephens. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 24 32 59
2 Rangers 24 29 55
3 Hearts 24 12 35
4 St Johnstone 23 6 35
5 Motherwell 22 -1 35
6 Dundee Utd 24 -5 27
7 Kilmarnock 23 -7 27
8 Aberdeen 24 -4 26
9 St Mirren 24 -11 26
10 Inverness CT 23 -10 25
11 Hibernian 23 -17 18
12 Dunfermline 22 -24 17

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