Aberdeen 0-0 St Johnstone
Aberdeen 0 - 0 St Johnstone
Aberdeen had a man sent off but were the better team in their goalless match against St Johnstone at Pittodrie.
Saints keeper Peter Enckelman struggled with the wind, with the excellent Fraser Fyvie hitting a cross over his head that rebounded off the post.
The Finn, though, made a smart save from a low Darren Mackie shot and Josh Magennis shot wide after a mazy run.
Ryan Jack, 19, was sent off for a late challenge on Murray Davidson but the Perth side could not capitalise.
Aberdeen enjoyed almost complete domination of their visitors in the opening half.
But before they got a grip on the game, their defender Youl Mawene failed to deal with Cillian Sheridan's in-swinging cross but David Robertson was unable to fire past Dons goalkeeper David Gonzalez.
Aberdeen captain Ricky Foster twice threatened the Saints goal early in the game.
In 10 minutes he brushed the side netting from 30 yards with a dipping free-kick then three minutes later advanced from his left-back berth to unleash a fizzing shot that was parried out of play by Enckelman.
The men in red had the Perth side pushed back, with Mackie pestering the visitors' defence, aided by the lively Peter Pawlett.
However, they could not find an end product to their combative, progressive build-up play and were almost caught out on the stroke of half-time.
Sheridan, on loan from CSKA Sofia, pounced on hesitancy by Mawene and his close-range stab at goal was saved by Gonzalez.
Canadian striker Marcus Haber replaced midfielder Liam Craig for Saints at half-time as Derek McInnes sought to reverse the direction of play and the powerful striker soon began to make his presence felt, Andy Considine blocking one of his shots within minutes of the restart.
But Craig Brown's side soon had the upper hand again, with Enckelman always troubled with the swirling wind.
Foster's looping free-kick had the big goalie frantically back-tracking before clutching the ball a few yards from goal, then a cute pass from Fyvie played in Mackie whose low shot from the corner of the six-yard box was well saved.
The home side were using the wind to their advantage and almost sneaked a goal when a high in-swinging corner from Rob Milsom was cleared from the front post by Davidson.
And Enckelman was relieved - and fortunate - when a cross by Fyvie swooshed over his head and rebounded off the far post to be swept clear by Anderson.
Davidson, the subject of a failed bid by Rangers, was on the receiving end of a late sliding challenge by Jack which earned him a straight red card from Steve Conroy.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Aberdeen looked the more likely to win the match and when sub Magennis surged towards goal, the home fans had their hopes raised.
Yet after leaving a trail of blue jerseys in his wake, Magennis pulled his weak shot from the edge of the box wide of the target.
Too often Sheridan was isolated up front for St Johnstone and they look as if they have still to solve the goalscoring problems of last season.
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +2:28
The ball is crossed by Steve May, clearance by Kari Arnason.90:00 +2:06
Outswinging corner taken by David MacKay from the right by-line.90:00 +2:01
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar, blocked by Ricky Foster.90:00 +0:33
Callum Davidson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.90:00 +0:33 Booking
Booking Kevin Moon is shown a yellow card.90:00 +0:25
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Robert Milsom results in a free kick.89:01
Josh Magennis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.87:01
Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Mackie. Robert Milsom delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.86:31
Fraser Fyvie delivers the ball, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.86:12
Robert Milsom sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Davidson.84:43
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Kari Arnason. David Gonzalez takes the direct free kick.82:11
Chris Millar delivers the ball, Fraser Fyvie makes a clearance.77:04
The official flags Marcus Haber offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.76:12
Josh Magennis produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.75:17 Substitution
Substitution Steve May joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cillian Sheridan.74:39 Substitution
Substitution David Robertson goes off and Kevin Moon comes on.74:39 Substitution
Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Scott Vernon.72:55
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.72:08
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom played to the near post, clearance by Callum Davidson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Callum Davidson.71:36
The ball is swung over by Robert Milsom, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.70:58
Callum Davidson produces a cross.69:25
The free kick is swung in right-footed by Youl Mawene, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.69:25 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Frazer Wright for unsporting behaviour.69:23
Foul by Frazer Wright on Darren Mackie, free kick awarded.69:04
Cillian Sheridan delivers the ball.68:21
Kari Arnason takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.67:52
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by Marcus Haber. David Gonzalez takes the direct free kick.67:08 Substitution
Substitution Peter Pawlett goes off and Kari Arnason comes on.64:32
Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.64:32 Dismissal
Dismissal Red card for Ryan Jack.64:21
Ryan Jack challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick.63:28
The ball is swung over by Fraser Fyvie, clearance by Frazer Wright.62:28
Corner taken right-footed by Isaac Osbourne, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.62:09
Corner taken by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Frazer Wright.62:02
Fraser Fyvie crosses the ball, blocked by Callum Davidson.60:57
Chris Millar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.60:28
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Mackie. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.60:11
The ball is sent over by David Robertson, save by David Gonzalez.59:45
The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.57:49
Jody Morris is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.57:12
Effort from the edge of the area by Cillian Sheridan goes wide of the left-hand post.56:00
Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Cillian Sheridan. Callum Davidson restarts play with the free kick.54:55
The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Murray Davidson misses to the right of the target.53:33
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, Close range header by Youl Mawene goes wide of the left-hand upright.53:28
Centre by Robert Milsom, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.52:52
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.52:37
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, Peter Enckelman makes a save.52:18
Darren Mackie takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.51:20
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jody Morris.50:56
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Considine.48:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Steven Anderson. Ricky Foster restarts play with the free kick.47:34
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, Youl Mawene makes a clearance.46:14
Cillian Sheridan is ruled offside. David Gonzalez restarts play with the free kick.45:55
Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. David Robertson takes the direct free kick.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Marcus Haber comes on in place of Liam Craig.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.44:54
David MacKay produces a cross, Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.44:36
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar, Ricky Foster gets a block in.43:52
Ryan Jack crosses the ball, Scott Vernon has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.42:39
Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig, save by David Gonzalez.42:34
Centre by David MacKay, Ricky Foster gets a block in.40:27
Scott Vernon sends in a cross, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.37:47
Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Pawlett, save made by Peter Enckelman.37:11
The official flags David Robertson offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.36:27
Centre by Darren Mackie, Liam Craig gets a block in.35:32
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance made by Fraser Fyvie.35:32 Booking
Booking Fraser Fyvie is cautioned.35:01
Callum Davidson takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.34:28
The ball is delivered by Robert Milsom, Jody Morris gets a block in.33:38
Inswinging corner taken by Peter Pawlett from the left by-line, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.33:04
Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance by Murray Davidson.28:49
Corner taken by Robert Milsom, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.28:23
Peter Pawlett takes the inswinging corner, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.25:07
Ryan Jack sends in a cross, David MacKay makes a clearance.24:36
Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie. Youl Mawene takes the free kick.22:33
Unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Frazer Wright results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Mackie.21:34
Cillian Sheridan challenges Youl Mawene unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Gonzalez takes the free kick.20:43
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Enckelman by Darren Mackie. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.16:32
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.14:07
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, Peter Enckelman makes a save.13:45
Fraser Fyvie takes a shot. Frazer Wright gets a block in.12:59
Inswinging corner taken by Isaac Osbourne from the left by-line.12:44
Ricky Foster produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Peter Enckelman.11:37
The referee blows for offside against David Robertson. Andrew Considine takes the indirect free kick.9:28
Darren Mackie fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Ricky Foster has an effort direct from the free kick.8:54
David Robertson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.7:21
Youl Mawene gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan. Callum Davidson takes the direct free kick.5:16
The ball is sent over by Cillian Sheridan, save by David Gonzalez.4:03
Scott Vernon fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Milsom restarts play with the free kick.1:48
Darren Mackie challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.1:20
Unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.0:58
Peter Pawlett produces a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.0:28
Darren Mackie fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match gets underway.
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