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St Mirren v St Johnstone

Highlights - St Mirren v St Johnstone

St Mirren   1 - 1   St Johnstone

St Mirren and St Johnstone battled to win a point apiece in a hard-fought encounter in Paisley.

The home side took the lead from a controversial penalty on 33 minutes when Stephen McGinn was felled by Dave Mackay and Billy Mehmet converted.

However, the team from Perth levelled before the break when Jody Morris drove home from the edge of the box.

St Johnstone's Murray Davidson and Chris Millar both hit the bar in the second half but could not find the net.

It was a tightly-contested first quarter that was played out mainly in the middle third.

When visiting midfielder Davidson was sent beyond the St Mirren defence by Collin Samuel, he shot well wide from a difficult angle.

St Johnstone began to threaten from several set-pieces, one of which prompted a penalty appeal following Hugh Murray's clumsy aerial challenge on Davidson.

Referee Steven Nicholls waved play on and Graham Gartland sliced a volley wide from the loose ball.

The hosts had their first shot at goal in the 29th minute when Andy Dorman's free-kick from the left landed on top of the net.

But they had a far easier chance four minutes later after McGinn won a penalty.

The midfielder won the ball just outside the box, beat one man and went down after taking it round Dave Mackay.

There appeared to be contact but Mackay angrily accused the Scotland Under-21 international of diving, earning himself a yellow card, before Mehmet compounded his misery by sending Alan Main the wrong way from the spot.

The visitors tried to hit back immediately and Filipe Morais curled a free-kick straight at Paul Gallacher after Jack Ross had brought down Samuel right on the edge of the box.

St Mirren complain to referee Steven Nicholls
Referee Steven Nicholls was at the centre of controversy

Main dived to push away Michael Higdon's header following a Dorman corner before the visitors levelled in the 37th minute.

Danny Grainger's long throw was cleared to the edge of the box and Morris drove into the bottom corner with Gallacher unsighted.

The burst of action continued and Morais shot just wide of the far post with the aid of a deflection after going past David Barron inside the box.

Both teams traded insults heading up the tunnel at half-time after the contentious penalty to set things up perfectly for the next 45 minutes.

St Johnstone should have taken the lead a minute after the restart when Morais broke clear down the right and produced a brilliant cross, but Steven Milne headed over from three yards.

The chance came after left-back Barron had been caught out following a high ball, but he made amends moments later when he cut inside Morais and curled a shot towards the far corner that forced Main into a smart diving save.

St Johnstone, with Millar on for Sheerin, were using the width of the pitch to push their hosts back and St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson brought Craig Dargo on for Higdon in search of a spark in the 61st minute.

A yellow card for Samuel for a late tackle on Murray prompted the second touchline argument of the game before MacPherson and opposite number Derek McInnes shook hands.

Davidson's glancing header was saved onto the bar by Gallacher following a cross from Morais, who was soon replaced by Martin Hardie.

Davidson almost won it in the 72nd minute when Gallacher touched his header on to the underside of the bar after Hardie had headed back Samuel's deep cross.

Gallacher produced another vital save when he pushed Deuchar's downward header past the post after the substitute had attacked Grainger's cross.

Grainger and Dargo were booked after squaring up to each other following a foul by the home striker, before Saints again failed to capitalise on a superb chance with seven minutes left.

Milne cut the ball back for the unmarked Millar eight yards out but Gallacher blocked his first effort and the midfielder headed the rebound against the bar.

The home keeper had time for a more routine save, when he dived low to catch Gartland's header from a Grainger cross.

Nicholls angered the hosts in injury-time when he blew up to book Gartland for a foul on sub Tom Brighton as McGinn strode forward with the ball at his feet.


St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson: "That's three out of our first four games where we've had, let's just call them inexperienced referees.

"I'd be more concerned with our team's display, especially in the second half.

"That's the poorest we've played for a while and I think we've got to look at it as a point gained.

"We've got to look at how we can create more opportunities. Teams know that is an issue now because they will come and sit in tight here and frustrate us early on."

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes: "We should have won the game but haven't. I do think we were the better side throughout and sometimes you don't always get what you deserve.

"I thought the penalty kick was very harsh and the referee got that wrong.

"However, our response was excellent. Jody Morris scored a very good goal from the edge of the box.

"I'm proud of our performance because it was excellent, but the over-riding feeling is one of anti-climax and disappointment."

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-1 St Johnstone FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mehmet (pen) 33
  • Morris 37

St Mirren

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 05 Mair
  • 06 Potter
  • 19 Barron
  • 02 Ross
  • 04 McGinn
  • 07 Murray
  • 08 Dorman (Robb 85)
  • 10 Thomson
  • 09 Mehmet (Brighton 77)
  • 11 Higdon (Dargo 61 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 20 Howard,
  • 25 Faulds,
  • 12 O'Donnell,
  • 15 Robb,
  • 16 Brighton,
  • 18 Dargo,
  • 22 Quinn

St Johnstone

  • 01 Main
  • 03 Grainger yellow card
  • 06 McCaffrey
  • 12 MacKay yellow card
  • 18 Gartland yellow card
  • 04 Morris
  • 11 Sheerin yellow card (Millar 52)
  • 20 Davidson yellow card
  • 22 Morais (Hardie 65)
  • 09 Milne
  • 21 Samuel yellow card (Deuchar 73)

Substitutes

  • 15 McLean,
  • 02 Irvine,
  • 07 Millar,
  • 08 Hardie,
  • 34 May,
  • 17 Deuchar,
  • 32 Reynolds
Ref: NichollsAtt: 4,543
ST MIRREN
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • St Mirren 50%
  • St Johnstone 50%

Attempts on target

  • St Mirren 3
  • St Johnstone 10

Attempts off target

  • St Mirren 4
  • St Johnstone 7

Corners

  • St Mirren 3
  • St Johnstone 5

Fouls

  • St Mirren 9
  • St Johnstone 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:16 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+2:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Kenny Deuchar. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:41 David Barron has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Alan Main.
  • 90:00+0:41 Booking Graham Gartland is booked.
  • 90:00+0:15 Foul by Graham Gartland on Tom Brighton, free kick awarded.
  • 88:01 Daniel Grainger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray. Steven Robb restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:30 Graham Gartland takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
  • 86:55 Kenny Deuchar produces a cross, blocked by John Potter.
  • 86:16 Jack Ross sends in a cross, Craig Dargo produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 84:14 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Steven Robb coming on for Andy Dorman.
  • 82:21 A cross is delivered by Steven Milne, Chris Millar takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 80:26 A cross is delivered by Andy Dorman.
  • 79:19 Alan Main takes the free kick.
  • 78:55 Booking Craig Dargo receives a caution.
  • 78:52 Booking Booking for Daniel Grainger for unsporting behaviour.
  • 77:28 David MacKay crosses the ball, clearance by David Barron.
  • 76:32 Substitution Billy Mehmet leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Brighton.
  • 75:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jody Morris, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Graham Gartland goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 75:37 The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, Kenny Deuchar takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 74:44 The ball is swung over by Jack Ross, clearance by Martin Hardie.
  • 72:14 Substitution Kenny Deuchar replaces Collin Samuel.
  • 71:47 Daniel Grainger delivers the ball, clearance made by John Potter.
  • 71:19 Collin Samuel crosses the ball, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 69:25 The ball is delivered by Andy Dorman.
  • 69:17 The ball is sent over by Andy Dorman.
  • 68:10 Foul by David Barron on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:56 The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Murray Davidson misses to the left of the goal.
  • 66:01 Jack Ross sends in a cross, Andy Dorman produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 64:45 Substitution Martin Hardie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Filipe Morais.
  • 64:10 The ball is crossed by Filipe Morais, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 62:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman from the left by-line, save by Alan Main.
  • 62:11 Free kick crossed by David Barron, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:11 Booking The referee books Collin Samuel for unsporting behaviour.
  • 62:04 Collin Samuel challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 61:52 Centre by Jack Ross, clearance by David MacKay.
  • 61:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Stuart McCaffrey. Hugh Murray crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 60:17 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Craig Dargo coming on for Michael Higdon.
  • 59:38 A cross is delivered by Filipe Morais, clearance made by David Barron.
  • 59:03 The ball is swung over by Jack Ross, save by Alan Main.
  • 58:27 Andy Dorman takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
  • 57:05 Steven Milne produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 55:42 The ball is sent over by Steven Milne, blocked by Lee Mair.
  • 54:58 Collin Samuel has an effort at goal. Lee Mair gets a block in.
  • 52:53 Effort from a long way out by Filipe Morais goes wide right of the target.
  • 51:54 Substitution Chris Millar comes on in place of Paul Sheerin.
  • 51:43 Shot by Steven Thomson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 51:15 John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:15 Booking The referee books Murray Davidson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 51:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Steven Thomson.
  • 50:46 Andy Dorman crosses the ball, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:33 Shot from 25 yards from David Barron. Alan Main makes a save.
  • 49:07 Centre by Billy Mehmet.
  • 48:11 Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
  • 48:11 Booking Paul Sheerin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Sheerin on Hugh Murray.
  • 47:00 Filipe Morais produces a cross, save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 45:54 Filipe Morais delivers the ball, Steven Milne has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:09 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:29 Hugh Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Stuart McCaffrey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:59 Foul by Collin Samuel on John Potter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 43:06 Andy Dorman fouled by Steven Milne, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 42:58 The ball is delivered by David MacKay.
  • 41:55 Foul by Michael Higdon on Graham Gartland, free kick awarded. Alan Main takes the free kick.
  • 41:05 Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Dorman. Jack Ross takes the free kick.
  • 40:18 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Filipe Morais.
  • 39:58 Filipe Morais takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 36:31 GOAL - Jody MorrisSt Mirren 1 - 1 St Johnstone Jody Morris finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 St Johnstone.
  • 35:41 Outswinging corner taken by Filipe Morais, Collin Samuel takes a shot. Blocked by Hugh Murray.
  • 34:38 Corner taken right-footed by Andy Dorman, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Alan Main.
  • 33:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Ross on Collin Samuel. Filipe Morais shoots direct from the free kick, save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 32:23 GOAL - Billy MehmetSt Mirren 1 - 0 St Johnstone Placed penalty scored by Billy Mehmet. St Mirren 1-0 St Johnstone.
  • 31:58 Booking Booking for David MacKay for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:33 Stephen McGinn fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 30:55 The ball is swung over by Collin Samuel.
  • 30:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Dorman by Daniel Grainger. Jack Ross crosses the ball in from the free kick, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:25 The referee penalises Jody Morris for handball. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 29:18 Paul Sheerin sends in a cross.
  • 29:11 Collin Samuel crosses the ball.
  • 27:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn by Filipe Morais. Andy Dorman produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 26:04 Corner from left by-line taken by Filipe Morais.
  • 25:07 Graham Gartland has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 24:27 Lee Mair challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
  • 24:02 The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, Hugh Murray manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:25 The official flags Billy Mehmet offside. Free kick taken by Stuart McCaffrey.
  • 22:17 Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Sheerin. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais.
  • 20:54 Foul by Murray Davidson on Stephen McGinn, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
  • 19:34 Hugh Murray fouled by Filipe Morais, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Ross.
  • 15:11 Jack Ross concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 14:23 Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Alan Main takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:19 Jody Morris produces a cross, clearance made by John Potter.
  • 11:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by Filipe Morais, Andy Dorman manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 11:17 David Barron delivers the ball.
  • 11:17 The ball is sent over by David Barron.
  • 10:51 Michael Higdon fouled by Jody Morris, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dorman takes the free kick.
  • 8:23 Effort from the edge of the area by Murray Davidson goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 7:37 Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, Hugh Murray makes a clearance.
  • 5:09 Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thomson. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 3:31 The ball is sent over by Jack Ross, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:24 The referee gives a free kick against Jody Morris for handball. David Barron takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:40 Unfair challenge on Steven Milne by Hugh Murray results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Filipe Morais, clearance made by Lee Mair.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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