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St Johnstone   2 - 2   Hearts

Martin Hardie (left) celebrates his late equaliser
Hardie (left) came on as a substitute to score the equaliser

Martin Hardie struck in stoppage time for St Johnstone as they and Hearts were both denied a first win of the Scottish Premier League season.

The Perth side had dominated the first half and took the lead after 23 minutes when Murray Davidson headed home.

Hearts improved after the break and Jose Goncalves headed home after 59 minutes and then David Obua forced in a second with four minutes remaining.

But Hardie curled in a superb free-kick three minutes into stoppage time.

Ian Black was in the Hearts midfield in place of Ruben Palazuelos, who was rested after Thursday's Europa League qualifying aggregate defeat by Dinamo Zagreb.

Lee Wallace returned from a hip problem at left-back with Jose Goncalves pushing inside to cover for the suspended Marius Zaliukas.

But Hearts looked sluggish even with the addition of a couple of fresh faces as Saints created three increasingly good chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Davidson headed just wide from Dave Mackay's cross before Kenny Deuchar fluffed a shot from Collin Samuel's centre following a header-on from the big striker.

Deuchar's aerial ability then created a golden opportunity when he headed Mackay's cross into the path of the onrushing Davidson, but the unmarked midfielder headed inches wide from close range.

It was Davidson who gave the Perth side a deserved 23rd-minute lead when he rose brilliantly 16 yards out to head Mackay's cross past Janos Balogh and just into the corner of the net.

Saints remained in control against a Hearts side struggling struggling to keep possession.

David Obua celebrates his goal with Hearts fans
Obua's goal had looked like it would claim victory for Hearts

Samuel, who started up front in place of the injured Steven Milne, had a low angled shot saved by Balogh from a tight angle after running on to a simple ball over the top by Morris.

Gary Glen shot well wide of the far post after being sent down the right channel by Obua when the visitors carved out their only chance of the half.

Saints winger Filipe Morais nodded wide in injury time after Deuchar had headed on Mackay's long free-kick.

There was controversy when Christian Nade tumbled over goalkeeper Alan Main in the box after some loose control from Stuart McCaffrey.

As Hearts claimed for a penalty, Main protested his innocence and Nade was booked for an alleged dive by referee Mike Tumilty.

Hearts had rarely threatened by the time they equalised after 59 minutes, Goncalves forcing the ball home from a Craig Thomson free-kick.

The visitors now had their tails up and Wallace cut the ball back for Arvydas Novikovas after a positive run and Obua knocked home the rebound after Main had brilliantly turned away the youngster's effort.

Saints piled forward and Wallace produced a great block from Morais before Balogh dived to turn away Deuchar's 20-yard drive.

But Hardie levelled when he curled the ball into the top corner after being fouled by David Witteveen, who was chastised on the park by Laszlo after the final whistle as Hearts had to make do with their first point of the season.


St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes:
"Initially, I'm relieved because when you go behind so late you fear the worst.

"My players never gave up and showed a spirit and resolve to get something from the game.

"For Martin Hardie to come off the bench and show the confidence and ability to put the ball into the top corner is great.

"We carried the game to them from the very start and battered a decent Hearts side for long spells. We created numerous chances.

"The thing we need to learn, and learn quickly, in this league is that when you're on top for so long you need to be clinical."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"I talked a bit with the players at half-time, but they had played on Thursday and were a little bit tired.

"We had some other good chances to score, but what happened in the last minute, to give away a free-kick, this must not happen.

"We must talk about this. The player was running away from goal and you tackle from behind."

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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 2-2 Hearts FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Davidson 23
  • Hardie 90+3
  • Jose Goncalves 59
  • Obua 86

St Johnstone

  • 01 Main
  • 03 Grainger
  • 06 McCaffrey
  • 12 MacKay yellow card (Irvine 54)
  • 18 Gartland yellow card
  • 04 Morris
  • 07 Millar
  • 20 Davidson (Hardie 66)
  • 22 Morais
  • 17 Deuchar yellow card
  • 21 Samuel (Milne 81)

Substitutes

  • 15 McLean,
  • 02 Irvine,
  • 08 Hardie,
  • 10 Craig,
  • 34 May,
  • 09 Milne,
  • 32 Reynolds

Hearts

  • 01 Balogh
  • 03 Wallace yellow card
  • 05 Jose Goncalves yellow card
  • 13 Obua
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 07 Suso Santana (Novikovas 60)
  • 08 Black
  • 23 Stewart
  • 46 Thomson yellow card
  • 14 Nade yellow card (Palazuelos 90+2)
  • 36 Glen (David Witteveen 58)

Substitutes

  • 25 Kello,
  • 02 Kucharski,
  • 20 Thomson,
  • 06 Palazuelos,
  • 44 Smith,
  • 15 David Witteveen,
  • 18 Novikovas
Ref: TumiltyAtt: 5,825
ST JOHNSTONE
HEARTS

Possession

  • St Johnstone 51%
  • Hearts 49%

Attempts on target

  • St Johnstone 9
  • Hearts 5

Attempts off target

  • St Johnstone 4
  • Hearts 5

Corners

  • St Johnstone 2
  • Hearts 9

Fouls

  • St Johnstone 16
  • Hearts 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:44 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+3:23 Booking Kenny Deuchar is booked.
  • 90:00+2:33 GOAL - Martin HardieSt Johnstone 2 - 2 Hearts Martin Hardie grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-2 Hearts.
  • 90:00+1:33 Substitution Christian Nade goes off and Ruben Palazuelos comes on.
  • 90:00+1:33 Martin Hardie fouled by David Witteveen, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:07 Filipe Morais produces a cross, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 89:43 Steven Milne takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 89:24 The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, Filipe Morais takes a shot. Lee Wallace gets a block in.
  • 88:57 Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, David Obua makes a clearance.
  • 88:15 Shot by Craig Thomson from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 86:34 Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais from the right by-line, clearance made by Janos Balogh.
  • 86:10 Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Save by Alan Main.
  • 85:21 GOAL - David ObuaSt Johnstone 1 - 2 Hearts David Obua grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-2 Hearts.
  • Correction - 85:10 Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Save made by Alan Main.
  • 84:13 Arvydas Novikovas is penalised for a handball. Filipe Morais crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kenny Deuchar concedes a free kick for a foul on Janos Balogh. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 80:27 Substitution Steven Milne comes on in place of Collin Samuel.
  • 80:27 Shot by Ian Black from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 79:45 Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 79:18 Corner taken by Craig Thomson, clearance by Chris Millar.
  • 78:18 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart McCaffrey. Direct free kick taken by Gary Irvine.
  • 77:24 A cross is delivered by Collin Samuel, clearance by Jose Goncalves.
  • 75:38 The ball is swung over by Lee Wallace, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.
  • 74:22 David Obua produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 74:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Deuchar on Jose Goncalves. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick.
  • 70:56 Kenny Deuchar challenges Jose Goncalves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:39 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:39 Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais, Martin Hardie takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 66:15 David Witteveen is caught offside. Alan Main takes the free kick.
  • 65:25 Substitution Martin Hardie on for Murray Davidson.
  • 64:46 The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, Alan Main makes a save.
  • 63:55 Volleyed right-footed shot by David Witteveen. Stuart McCaffrey gets a block in.
  • 63:19 Collin Samuel takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 61:58 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson, save made by Alan Main.
  • 61:25 Murray Davidson challenges David Witteveen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
  • 59:22 Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:22 Substitution Suso Santana goes off and Arvydas Novikovas comes on.
  • 59:22 Foul by Gary Irvine on Jose Goncalves, free kick awarded.
  • 58:14 Assist on the goal came from Craig Thomson.
  • 58:14 GOAL - Jose GoncalvesSt Johnstone 1 - 1 Hearts Jose Goncalves grabs a headed goal from close range. St Johnstone 1-1 Hearts.
  • 57:13 Craig Thomson crosses the ball,
  • 57:13 Substitution Gary Glen leaves the field to be replaced by David Witteveen.
  • 57:13 Booking Booking for Graham Gartland for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:08 Graham Gartland concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Stewart.
  • 54:57 Booking Christian Nade booked.
  • 53:44 Direct free kick taken by Alan Main.
  • 53:44 Substitution Gary Irvine on for David MacKay.
  • 53:44 Christian Nade challenges Stuart McCaffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 52:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Goncalves on Collin Samuel. Stuart McCaffrey crosses the ball in from the free kick, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 50:21 Craig Thomson crosses the ball, Jose Goncalves has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 50:21 Booking David MacKay goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Lee Wallace.
  • 49:19 Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
  • 49:19 Booking Craig Thomson is booked.
  • 49:12 Craig Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson.
  • 49:05 The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace.
  • 47:46 Foul by Graham Gartland on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson, Kenny Deuchar makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line.
  • 47:16 David MacKay crosses the ball, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 46:13 The ball is crossed by David MacKay, Header on goal by Murray Davidson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:39 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:07 Header from close range by Filipe Morais misses to the right of the goal.
  • 44:37 Ian Black is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
  • 44:22 Suso Santana sends in a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
  • 44:15 A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace.
  • 41:33 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 39:42 Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Black.
  • 38:39 Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 38:39 Booking Jose Goncalves shown a yellow card.
  • 38:30 Jose Goncalves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel.
  • 37:32 Close range shot by Gary Glen goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • Correction - 37:02 Shot from 18 yards from Collin Samuel. Save by Janos Balogh.
  • 37:02 Collin Samuel takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 33:57 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson to the near post, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
  • 33:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, clearance by Murray Davidson.
  • 33:06 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Jody Morris manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:33 Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Ian Black results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 22:48 Assist by David MacKay.
  • 22:48 GOAL - Murray DavidsonSt Johnstone 1 - 0 Hearts Murray Davidson scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts.
  • 22:44 Centre by David MacKay,
  • 22:02 A cross is delivered by Chris Millar, Kenny Deuchar challenges Ismael Bouzid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:44 Ian Black challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart McCaffrey takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Ian Black. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:57 Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Suso Santana. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
  • 18:21 Graham Gartland concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Nade. Craig Thomson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Alan Main.
  • 18:01 Unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Kenny Deuchar results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 17:34 Gary Glen is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Main.
  • 17:24 Chris Millar takes a shot. Jose Goncalves gets a block in.
  • 16:43 Collin Samuel fouled by Jose Goncalves, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay takes the free kick.
  • 15:47 The referee blows for offside against Kenny Deuchar. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 14:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on Kenny Deuchar. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 13:32 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
  • 13:32 Booking The referee shows Lee Wallace a yellow card.
  • 13:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Lee Wallace.
  • 12:47 Corner taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 11:39 Jody Morris fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 9:02 Header from close in by Murray Davidson misses to the left of the goal.
  • 7:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Ismael Bouzid. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 7:39 The ball is delivered by Collin Samuel.
  • 7:11 The referee blows for offside. Daniel Grainger takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:58 Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Filipe Morais crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 4:15 Centre by Stuart McCaffrey, Murray Davidson produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 3:18 Gary Glen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 2:16 Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
  • 1:05 The referee blows for offside against Christian Nade. Alan Main restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:33 Jose Goncalves fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Scottish Premier results

30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 0-1 Celtic R
St Johnstone 2-2 Hearts R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 3 7 9
2 Celtic 3 6 9
3 Dundee Utd 3 3 7
4 Hibernian 3 2 6
5 Motherwell 3 2 5
6 Aberdeen 3 1 4
7 St Mirren 3 0 4
8 Kilmarnock 3 0 3
9 St Johnstone 3 -3 2
10 Hearts 3 -3 1
11 Falkirk 3 -6 0
12 Hamilton 3 -9 0

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