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League (Premier Division)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Hamish French for Billy McKinlay (73)
Dave Bowman for Mixu Paatelainen (73)
Ian Heddle for Kenny McDonald (79)
Kenny Ward for David Bingham (84)
Jim McInally (43)
||Don McVicar (21)|
Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Part one of the double header with Saints provided few clues as to the likely winners of the following week's cup semi-final. St. Johnstone, for one reason or another, had five of their regulars missing — Harry Curran. Sergei Baltacha, John Inglis, Allan Moore and Steve Maskrey. In our case striker Duncan Ferguson failed to recover from a groin strain and Mixu Paatelainen came into the side with Billy McKinlay replacing Dave Bowman who joined Hamish French on the bench. One of our best chances came in the very early stages of the game when Gary McGinnis sliced a clearance over his own 'keeper, but, fortunately for the former United defender, wide of the target. A move of our own making, then saw Lindsay Hamilton tip over a Darren Jackson header from Ray McKinnon's corner. We continued to force the pace, but it wasn't until towards half time that we again troubled the keeper. First of all he plucked a McInally shot out of the air and then he foiled Jim McInally by diving at his feet after he had latched on to a misdirected Gary McGinnis passback.
The Pattern of play didn't alter after half-time. Mixu Paatelainen headed narrowly over. Hamilton was in the right place to deal with a Ray McKinnon shot and on the hour mark Saints had their narrowest escape of the afternoon. Ray McKinnon and John O'Neil manufactured a neatly worked free-kick which enabled John O'Neil to cross to the far post where Darren Jackson headed the ball back across the face of the goal to Mixu Paatelainen whose shot from close range was cleared off the line by Gary McGinnis. With just under 20 minutes remaining John O'Neil made a surging left wing run before the ball was laid back to Billy McKinlay, but his shot was tipped over the bar by Hamilton. To indicate just how little attacking threat St. Johnstone posed a speculative Heddle shot which dipped over was the only goal attempt of note. Five minutes from time John O'Neil burst through on to a pass from Jim Mclnally, but his angular shot went straight into Hamilton's mid-drift,so the game petered out into a goalless draw and left one with the conclusion that things would be a great deal different a week later.
|Alan Main (GK)||23||32||-||78||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||27||38||1||80||3|
|Dave Bowman (sub)||27||22||1||186||5|
|Hamish French (sub)||27||17||4||82||13|
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