St Johnstone and Hibs had to settle for a share of the spoils after an entertaining second half at McDiarmid Park
St Johnstone lost their seven-game home stretch without conceding a goal and Hibs' run of five wins came to a halt as the points were shared in Perth.
A strange own goal from Richie Towell fired the home side in front early in the second half.
However, Hibs, who were dismal in a drab first half, responded well with debutant Ricardo Vaz Te lively.
And David Wotherspoon levelled on 80 minutes, hammering the ball home from close range.
The draw leaves both teams locked on 32 points, two points behind seventh-placed Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League.
The Hibs team has beefed up considerably since manager Colin Calderwood re-shaped his squad in January but the visitors were bullied off the ball throughout a first half bereft of thrills.
There was a distinct lack of composure from both sides, although the home outfit were a yard sharper and played with greater aggression in all areas of the park.
Saints' Murray Davidson was the pick of the midfielders, winning several strong tackles and always playing with his head up.
St Johnstone shelled a lot of early long balls in the direction of Hibs full-backs Callum Booth and Towell but the teenagers coped with the pressure without too much trouble.
After 20 minutes, nice play on the wing by Collin Samuel saw the ball eventually fall to Jamie Adams, but the Saints midfielder hastily fresh-aired his shot and a decent chance was gone.
Eight minutes from the interval, St Johnstone left-back Danny Grainger tried his luck with a shot that dropped perfectly for Samuel after a couple of ricochets off defenders.
However, the striker hurried his shot on the turn from eight yards and hit the ball straight at goalkeeper Mark Brown.
Vaz Te made a difference to the Hibs attack after the interval
Former Bolton forward Vaz Te made his Hibs bow at half-time but the visiting fans had little time to admire the new arrival's shiny gold boots before they were wailing in anguish at falling behind in bizarre circumstances.
Peter MacDonald hooked the ball over his shoulder into the penalty and Towell made a complete mess of his attempted clearance, lashing the ball into his own net.
Buoyed by the goal, MacDonald flashed a 22-yard drive inches past Brown's left-hand post.
Vaz Te injected some urgency into the Hibs ranks and from his cross Paul Hanlon headed wide.
The Portuguese then latched on to a poor kick-out from St Johnstone keeper Peter Enckleman but his first-time effort from 45 yards bobbled inches wide of an empty net.
More good work from Vaz Te set up a shooting opportunity for Akpo Sodje, although the big striker could only drill the ball straight at Enckleman from 18 yards.
The Finnish goalkeeper was soon gathering a powerful effort from Towell before Saints sub Andy Jackson speared a shot on the volley narrowly off target.
St Johnstone appeared to have weathered the Hibs storm, with the match getting rather scrappy, when Wotherspoon struck against his home-town club to level matters.
With 10 minutes remaining, the ball fell to the Scotland U21 international in a crowded penalty box and the youngster smashed the ball into the net, via the underside of the crossbar.
There was time for Jackson to demonstrate great technique and crack a sweet volley narrowly wide but neither side could find a late winner.
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Saturday, 5 March 2011
Towell (og) 46
02 MacKay yellow card
17 Gartland yellow card
20 Davidson yellow card
24 Adams yellow card (May 88)
21 Samuel (Jackson 68)
28 Booth yellow card (Stevenson 74)
26 Thornhill (Duffy 74 yellow card)
10 Riordan (Vaz Te 46)
18 A Sodje
08 Vaz Te,
Ref: AllanAtt: 4,446
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:13 The referee ends the match.
90:00+1:38 Foul by Akpo Sodje on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
90:00+0:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Darryl Duffy. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
90:00+0:31 Booking The referee shows Darryl Duffy a yellow card.
89:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson by Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Stevenson.
89:03 Booking Caution for Murray Davidson.
88:17 Daniel Grainger fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
87:34 Andrew Jackson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
87:34 Substitution Steve May replaces Jamie Adams.
86:25 Murray Davidson delivers the ball, save by Mark Brown.
83:38 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Graham Gartland challenges Francis Dickoh unfairly
and gives away a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
81:20 Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Steven Anderson gets a block in. Assist by Darryl Duffy. Corner from the right by-line taken by
Daniel Grainger, Francis Dickoh makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Akpo
Sodje manages to make a clearance.
81:20 Booking Graham Gartland is shown a yellow card.
79:46 GOAL - David Wotherspoon:St Johnstone 1 - 1 Hibernian David Wotherspoon scores a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian.
78:23 Peter MacDonald is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
76:19 The ball is sent over by Ricardo Vaz Te.
75:29 Foul by Andrew Jackson on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Brown.
74:44 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
73:43 Substitution Darryl Duffy on for Matt Thornhill.
73:43 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Lewis Stevenson coming on for Callum Booth.
73:14 The offside flag is raised against Peter MacDonald. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
72:38 Jamie Adams has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
71:16 Akpo Sodje challenges Graham Gartland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick. Andrew Jackson
produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
69:37 A cross is delivered by Callum Booth.
69:03 Andrew Jackson challenges Ricardo Vaz Te unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Towell takes the free kick.
68:00 A cross is delivered by Ian Murray, clearance by Liam Craig.
67:04 Collin Samuel is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
67:04 Substitution Andrew Jackson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Collin Samuel.
66:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Akpo Sodje. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
65:26 Richie Towell takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
63:45 Akpo Sodje takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
61:53 Peter MacDonald is ruled offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
60:56 Callum Booth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniele Invincibile. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
60:56 Booking Callum Booth is shown a yellow card.
59:39 Liam Craig produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
57:57 Effort from 35 yards by Ricardo Vaz Te went wide of the right-hand post.
55:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter MacDonald. Mark Brown takes the free kick. Collin Samuel is penalised
for a handball. Richie Towell takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Steven Anderson. Peter Enckelman
restarts play with the free kick.
55:05 Ricardo Vaz Te sends in a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.
51:20 Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line. Callum Booth takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Grainger. David Wotherspoon
takes a inswinging corner.
49:40 The ball is swung over by Ricardo Vaz Te, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.
48:43 Peter MacDonald has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
48:07 Peter MacDonald crosses the ball, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
45:50 Peter MacDonald provided the assist for the goal.
45:50 GOAL - Richie Towell:St Johnstone 1 - 0 Hibernian Richie Towell puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution Ricardo Vaz Te is brought on as a substitute for Derek Riordan.
45:00+0:07 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
43:09 Foul by Jamie Adams on Victor Palsson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
42:13 Unfair challenge on Richie Towell by Daniele Invincibile results in a free kick. Derek Riordan restarts play with the free
41:34 Jamie Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Palsson. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
41:34 Booking Jamie Adams receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
40:10 Graham Gartland produces a cross.
39:14 Callum Booth fouled by Daniele Invincibile, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
37:39 Murray Davidson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
36:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Collin Samuel. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
36:22 Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.
34:55 David MacKay has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
33:29 Foul by Ian Murray on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Peter MacDonald from the free kick.
31:11 Daniel Grainger sends in a cross. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger.
30:12 The ball is crossed by David MacKay, clearance made by Francis Dickoh. Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner. Floated
corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
29:59 Centre by Daniel Grainger.
26:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
24:27 Daniel Grainger produces a cross, save by Mark Brown.
22:45 The ball is crossed by Matt Thornhill, Liam Craig gets a block in. Corner taken by Callum Booth from the right by-line, Peter
Enckelman makes a save.
20:21 The ball is sent over by David MacKay.
17:48 Richie Towell sends in a cross, Jamie Adams makes a clearance.
15:04 Collin Samuel challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
14:22 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter MacDonald. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
13:49 Akpo Sodje has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
12:27 Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
11:37 Long distance shot from Liam Craig misses to the left of the target.
10:01 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
9:51 Daniele Invincibile sends in a cross, clearance made by Richie Towell.
9:20 Daniele Invincibile crosses the ball.
6:34 Victor Palsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
4:42 The ball is sent over by David MacKay, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
3:52 The referee blows for offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
3:04 Victor Palsson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
0:35 Centre by Callum Booth, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
0:00 The match has kicked off.
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