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Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Saints fight back for point
St Johnstone deserved to take a point from the match
St Johnstone deserved to take a point from the match
Dunfermline 1-1 St Johnstone

St Johnstone took only a minute to mount an attack on Dunfermline's goal.

John Paul McBride burst into the box and unleashed a shot from just outside the six-yard area but the effort was cleared by keeper Marco Ruitenbeek.

Two minutes later a great one-two between Ian Ferguson and Barry Nicholson provided Dunfermline's first attack only for Ferguson to fire the ball into keeper Alan Main's hands.

Saints were on the defensive again after four minutes when Stewart Petrie found Scott Thomson in front of goal but he nodded wide.

Steve Crawford opened the scoring
Steve Crawford opened the scoring
After an explosive opening spell both teams settled down with most of the play confined to midfield.

Paul Kane had a great opportunity for the visitors after 22 minutes when he rifled a shot from 25 yards only for it to scrape over the crossbar.

Minutes earlier the Pars had suffered a serious setback when Petrie was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg and was replaced by Owen Coyle.

On 28 minutes Andrei Skerla pulled down Keigan Parker just outside the 18-yard box and Gary Bollan forced into a superb save from the resulted free kick.

A couple of minutes later Saints were troubling the home defence again.

Graeme Jones posed an aerial threat to the Pars
Graeme Jones posed an aerial threat to the Pars
Graeme Jones laid off to Nick Dasovic but his thunderbolt shot flew over the crossbar.

Ruitenbeek came to the rescue after 36 minutes when Craig Russell looked certain to snatch the opener for Saints only for the Dutch keeper to tap the ball over.

At the other end Stevie Crawford's 15-yard drive was blocked by Saints keeper Main.

Nicholson pounced on the rebound but his shot was cleared by Mohamed Sylla.

Saints were looking the more likely team to score and Darren Dods called the keeper into action once again.

But it was Dunfermline who went into the interval with the lead.

Saints' protests

Jim Weir looked to have pulled down Crawford in the box and, after consulting his far side linesman, referee Dave Somers gave the penalty and Crawford converted from the spot.

The St Johnstone players were incensed by the decision and continued their protestations as the half-time whistle blew.

Former St Mirren striker Junior Mendes went close with a low shot from the edge of the box minutes into the second half.

But Saints grabbed a 50th-minute equaliser when the referee pointed to the spot again.

Blatantly felled

This time Michael Doesberg was the culprit as he blatantly felled McBride.

Jones stepped up for the kick and coolly slotted past Ruitenbeek.

Crawford almost grabbed his second for the Pars in the 56th minute when he met Skerla's header right in front of goal but nodded wide.

After 82 minutes the impressive Sylla came close to giving the Saints the three points.

A Jones effort was blocked and fell to the feet of Sylla and his long-range effort looked certain to go in, but just skimmed the crossbar instead.

Just before the whistle Saints found themselves down to 10 men after McBride was red-carded for a second bookable offence, but they held on for a point.


Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Doesburg, Skinner, Skerla, Dair, Nicholson, Ferguson, S. Thomson, Petrie, Crawford, Mendes.

Subs: Moss, Coyle, S. Thomson, Templeman, Boyle.

St Johnstone: Main, Sylla, Dods, Weir, Bollan, Lovenkrands, Dasovic, Kane, McBride, Jones, Parker.

Subs: Russell, Connolly, Robertson, McCluskey, McCulloch.

Referee: D Summers (Cumbernauld)

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