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St Johnstone   0 - 1   Celtic

Highlights - St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic

Highlights - St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic

By Clive Lindsay

Beram Kayal scored his first goal for Celtic to defeat St Johnstone and lift his side five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras had already been denied by goalkeeper Graeme Smith before Kayal flicked the ball in on the stroke of half-time.

Liam Craig forced a good save from Celtic's Fraser Forster as Saints improved after the break.

Celtic were denied a late penalty following a Michael Duberry hand ball.

But they did enough to secure a win that stretched the Perth side's run to 10 league games without a win, the last five of those without a goal.

The game had a farcical start, with a number of footballs coming onto the field of play to cause confusion as part of a fans' protest at the 1800 BST kick-off required to avoid a live television clash with the Champions League.

Celtic were looking to avoid a comedy of errors on the much-criticised bobbly McDiarmid Park surface by adopting a more direct approach.

And Daryl Murphy, who had not featured since February, was the surprise inclusion in Neil Lennon's side alongside Georgios Samaras in attack.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown returned to midfield while Mark Wilson came in at right-back after being rested for the weekend win over St Mirren.

Beram Kayal and Scott Brown celebrate for Celtic
Kayal (left) broke the deadlock for Celtic at McDiarmid Park

Saints boss Derek McInnes had one eye on Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Motherwell, leaving key players Duberry and Chris Millar on the bench.

The home side nevertheless made a lively start on the firey surface, although it was Celtic who gradually began to dominate possession and the chances.

Smith could only parry a powerful, 25-yard free-kick from Commons.

And, when the goalkeeper punched a cross clear, Commons' first-time volley from a similar distance flew a few yards over.

Saints, also without the suspended Steven Anderson, looked to be missing the commanding presence of Duberry at the heart of the defence and Murphy sent a 14-yard header flashing just over the home crossbar from a corner.

Samaras raced into the box and curled a low drive that would have found the far corner of the net had goalkeeper Smith not stuck out a leg to divert it clear.

The home side were occasionally dangerous on the break and ought to have had a free-kick on the edge of the box when Brown hauled down Stevie May.

Just as it looked like Saints would survive until the break, Celtic made the breakthrough in first-half stoppage time.

Joe Ledley's through ball was flicked on by Scott Brown and, following a couple of deflections, Kayal's back-heel spun into his own path and he directed it just past the outstretched fingers of Smith and into the far corner of the net from 12 yards.

St Johnstone lost influential midfielder Murray Davidson, seemingly following a head knock, with Millar coming on only five minutes into the second period.

However, it was the home side who threatened to add to the scoring when Craig advanced towards the Celtic box and fired a 25-yard drive that goalkeeper Forster did well to punch clear one-handed.

Saints, who had already used their three substitutes, ended the game with 10 men after replacement Millar limped off with an injury that could make him a doubt for the semi-final.

The game delivered a conclusion as farcical as the start when Samaras appeared to trip Duberry, the St Johnstone defender clearly handled the ball as he fell to the ground, but no foul or penalty was given by referee Iain Brines.

There was still time for Murphy to scoop the ball over from four yards, Brown to fire against the underside the crossbar and for goalkeeper Smith to flick Shaun Maloney's follow-up header off the line.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Baram Kayal 45+1

    St Johnstone

    • 15 Smith
    • 02 MacKay (Duberry 65)
    • 03 Grainger yellow card (Novikovas 76)
    • 17 Gartland yellow card
    • 19 Maybury
    • 10 Craig
    • 11 Taylor
    • 20 Davidson (Millar 51)
    • 24 Adams
    • 32 May
    • 28 Robertson

    Substitutes

    • 35 Clark,
    • 06 Duberry,
    • 37 Caddis,
    • 07 Millar,
    • 08 Novikovas,
    • 16 MacDonald,
    • 23 Jackson

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre yellow card
    • 12 Wilson
    • 21 Mulgrew
    • 22 Loovens
    • 08 Brown
    • 16 Ledley
    • 33 Baram Kayal
    • 09 Samaras (McCourt 89)
    • 15 Commons (Maloney 76)
    • 27 Murphy

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 25 Rogne,
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 10 Stokes,
    • 13 Maloney,
    • 49 Forrest
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 6,338
    ST JOHNSTONE
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 51%
    • Celtic 49%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 2
    • Celtic 7

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 2
    • Celtic 5

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 3
    • Celtic 5

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 11
    • Celtic 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:26 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:44 Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson. Free kick taken by Liam Craig. Jamie Adams produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 90:00+1:58 Jordan Robertson crosses the ball.
    • 90:00+0:57 Graham Gartland challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 90:00+0:57 Booking Graham Gartland goes into the book.
    • 90:00+0:19 The official flags Emilio Izaguirre offside. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 88:53 Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 88:53 Substitution Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick McCourt.
    • 88:27 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
    • 88:08 Scott Brown takes a shot.
    • 87:05 Daryl Murphy is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 86:20 The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Daryl Murphy produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 85:20 The ball is delivered by Beram Kayal, Graham Gartland gets a block in.
    • 83:32 Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, Graham Gartland manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:30 Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball, Jamie Adams manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:08 The official flags Georgios Samaras offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 79:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Cleveland Taylor. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 78:21 The referee gives a free kick against Georgios Samaras for handball. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 75:52 Substitution Daniel Grainger goes off and Arvydas Novikovas comes on.
    • 75:21 Substitution Shaun Maloney comes on in place of Kris Commons.
    • 74:32 Centre by Beram Kayal, Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 70:41 Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:41 Booking Booking for Emilio Izaguirre for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:45 Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
    • 68:16 Charlie Mulgrew takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jamie Adams.
    • 66:56 Unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Kris Commons, Alan Maybury makes a clearance.
    • 66:56 Booking Daniel Grainger is given a yellow card.
    • 64:48 Foul by Mark Wilson on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 64:48 Substitution Michael Duberry replaces David MacKay.
    • 63:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Jamie Adams. Glenn Loovens crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by David MacKay.
    • 62:32 Liam Craig takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Beram Kayal makes a clearance.
    • 61:37 Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 61:00 Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Jamie Adams results in a free kick. Emilio Izaguirre takes the free kick.
    • 57:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Alan Maybury. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 56:53 Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:28 Kris Commons produces a cross, clearance by Graham Gartland.
    • 53:49 Beram Kayal challenges Steve May unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 53:24 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Wilson, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
    • 51:58 Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
    • 50:32 Substitution Chris Millar on for Murray Davidson.
    • 48:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Adams by Daryl Murphy. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 47:31 Cleveland Taylor fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. The assistant referee flags for offside against Murray Davidson. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:27 Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Georgios Samaras.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:15 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:10 GOAL - Beram KayalSt Johnstone 0 - 1 Celtic Beram Kayal finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic.
    • 43:11 Daryl Murphy crosses the ball, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
    • 41:53 Jordan Robertson is caught offside. Mark Wilson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 41:13 Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 40:21 Foul by Jordan Robertson on Mark Wilson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:09 Kris Commons produces a cross, Jamie Adams makes a clearance.
    • 39:17 Cleveland Taylor produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 36:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Liam Craig. Charlie Mulgrew has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 35:07 Unfair challenge on Steve May by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Cleveland Taylor takes the direct free kick. The ball is crossed by Cleveland Taylor. Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Brown. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, The ball is sent over by Graham Gartland, Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 33:36 David MacKay sends in a cross, Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:48 The ball is delivered by Steve May, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 29:57 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Graeme Smith gets a block in.
    • 27:59 Mark Wilson delivers the ball, David MacKay makes a clearance.
    • 27:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Cleveland Taylor. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:38 Centre by Georgios Samaras.
    • 25:21 Daniel Grainger fouled by Daryl Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:27 Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Daryl Murphy has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 23:16 A cross is delivered by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Jamie Adams.
    • 22:39 Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, clearance by Alan Maybury.
    • 21:57 Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post.
    • 20:17 The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 19:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Jordan Robertson. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 18:41 The ball is sent over by Beram Kayal, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 16:30 Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Glenn Loovens crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
    • 15:49 Effort from just outside the box by Kris Commons goes over the bar.
    • 15:41 Kris Commons crosses the ball, Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 15:26 Scott Brown produces a cross, clearance made by David MacKay.
    • 14:29 Jordan Robertson fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, Georgios Samaras manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:14 Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 12:35 Handball by Liam Craig. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 11:32 Foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Jordan Robertson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David MacKay, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:26 Daryl Murphy fouled by Graham Gartland, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Kris Commons from the free kick, Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 8:24 The ball is crossed by Alan Maybury, save by Fraser Forster.
    • 5:50 The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, Shot on goal by Georgios Samaras from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 4:58 A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, blocked by Mark Wilson. Inswinging corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, clearance by Daryl Murphy.
    • 4:18 The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.
    • 2:15 Cleveland Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Emilio Izaguirre takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Scottish Premier results

    12 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    • St Johnstone0-1Celtic
      FT

    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 12 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 31 48 76
    2 Rangers 30 38 71
    3 Hearts 32 16 60
    4 Dundee Utd 32 7 52
    5 Kilmarnock 32 10 47
    6 Motherwell 33 -7 44
    7 Inverness CT 31 1 37
    8 Hibernian 32 -15 36
    9 St Johnstone 33 -21 34
    10 Aberdeen 32 -19 31
    11 St Mirren 32 -22 28
    12 Hamilton 32 -36 16

    see also
    McInnes hopes for Millar recovery
    12 Apr 11 |  St Johnstone
    Lennon avoids penalty controversy
    12 Apr 11 |  Celtic
    St Johnstone v Celtic as it happened
    12 Apr 11 |  Scottish Premier


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