Motherwell and St Johnstone each had a man sent off as the points were shared in an exciting match at Fir Park.

Stevie Hammell was red carded for conceding a second-half penalty but home keeper Darren Randolph saved Dave MacKay's weak effort.

Murray Davidson headed Saints in front from Liam Craig's corner on 58 minutes.

Bob McHugh levelled with a scuffed shot 20 minutes later and, with Rowan Vine shown red for a second booking, Motherwell ended the game on top.

Most of the action came in the second half, but Callum Davidson almost put St Johnstone ahead inside three minutes, albeit in rather fortuitous circumstances.

He sliced in a cross from the left, which came off Randolph's crossbar, with the keeper fumbling the ball on the way down, but fortunately for him it was hacked to safety.

Motherwell looked sharp in the early stages, despite having returned from an arduous Champions League qualifying loss to Panathinaikos in the searing Athens heat only 60 hours previously.

Jamie Murphy should have put the hosts in front midway through the first half, but his lob from the edge of the penalty area was wayward.

The open, end-to-end nature of the match continued into the second half, but it was the visitors creating the better opportunities.

Chris Millar flashed a shot just wide from the edge of the box before Craig had an effort from similar distance charged down.

From that latter effort, though, the ball broke back to Craig, who found Millar inside the box with a cute lob and when the midfielder went down under Hammell's challenge, referee Iain Brines pointed to the spot and ordered the Motherwell full-back off.

Mackay stroked the penalty towards Randolph's bottom-left corner, but the keeper did brilliantly to keep it out.

The 10 men couldn't keep St Johnstone out for long though. A typically vicious inswinging corner from Craig was deftly glanced in by Davidson at Randolph's near post.

With that turn of events, a depleted Motherwell seemed to tire as they struggled to find an opening and Saints looked dangerous on the break.

But in a rare attack, Stuart McCall's side manufactured an equaliser - Nicky Law picking up the ball on the right and cutting it back for McHugh, whose mis-hit shot found its way past Alan Mannus.

Parity was also restored in terms of personnel with 10 minutes left, as Vine picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge on Shaun Hutchinson.

Motherwell finished strongly and Saints keeper Mannus made a great twisiting save to keep out a header from Michael Higdon.

Hutchinson must have thought he'd won it for the home side at the death but, following a six-yard box scramble, his shot was somehow diverted over the crossbar and both sides had to settle for a point.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell Dismissed
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 15 Ramsden Booked
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 14 Lasley (Hetherington - 61' )
  • 17 Daley (McHugh - 46' )
  • 08 Ojamaa (Francis-Angol - 60' )
  • 09 Higdon
  • 11 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 20 Page
  • 26 Francis-Angol
  • 30 Cummins
  • 18 Carswell
  • 27 Hetherington
  • 16 McHugh

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson
  • 04 Cregg (Adams - 85' )
  • 07 Millar
  • 08 Davidson (Higgins - 81' )
  • 10 Craig Booked
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 23 Vine Dismissed after an earlier booking

Substitutes

  • 15 Tuffey
  • 19 Miller
  • 26 Caddis
  • 43 Rodger
  • 20 Adams
  • 27 May
  • 17 Higgins
Ref: Brines
Att: 4,490

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

6 6

Corners

5 7

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:25

Unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:29

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Callum Davidson restarts play with the free kick.

89:16

Frazer Wright challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Law takes the free kick.

84:16 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Adams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrick Cregg.

83:25

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Shaun Hutchinson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Callum Davidson. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.

82:37

Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink, Liam Craig takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

82:08

Chris Millar takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Darren Randolph.

80:38 Substitution

Substitution Sean Higgins on for Murray Davidson.

80:18

Robert McHugh produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

79:29 Dismissal

Dismissal Rowan Vine sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence.

78:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Rowan Vine. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

77:29

Nicky Law provided the assist for the goal.

77:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert McHugh - Motherwell 1 - 1 St J'stone Robert McHugh finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 St Johnstone.

77:01

Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

76:14

Liam Craig has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

75:29 Booking

Booking Booking for Liam Craig for unsporting behaviour.

75:10

Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Zaine Francis-Angol. Free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.

72:50

Unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Simon Ramsden takes the direct free kick.

71:11

Nigel Hasselbaink has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:18

The referee gives a free kick against Robert McHugh for handball. Strike on goal comes in from Liam Craig from the free kick.

66:06

Patrick Cregg is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.

65:07

The assistant referee signals for offside against Rowan Vine. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

63:08

Header from deep inside the area by Steven Anderson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

62:30

Liam Craig takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.

59:51 Substitution

Substitution Steven Hetherington replaces Keith Lasley.

59:51 Substitution

Substitution Zaine Francis-Angol comes on in place of Henrik Ojamaa.

57:56

Liam Craig provided the assist for the goal.

57:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Murray Davidson - Motherwell 0 - 1 St J'stone Murray Davidson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Motherwell 0-1 St Johnstone.

56:54

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line,

56:54 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Stevie Hammell.

56:34 Penalty

Penalty taken by David MacKay saved by Darren Randolph. Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone.

55:07

Penalty awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Chris Millar.

53:49

Henrik Ojamaa produces a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Higdon goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

53:09

Chris Millar has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

52:25

Keith Lasley takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

49:26

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Lasley makes a clearance.

48:32

Murray Davidson has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rowan Vine on Jamie Murphy. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.

45:32

Michael Higdon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steven Anderson takes the free kick.

45:09 Substitution

Substitution Robert McHugh on for Omar Daley.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

41:36

Foul by Chris Millar on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

37:57

Short corner worked by Liam Craig.

34:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rowan Vine by Shaun Hutchinson. Liam Craig shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Darren Randolph. Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

33:10

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, Frazer Wright makes a clearance. Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, David MacKay makes a clearance.

30:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Rowan Vine. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

30:11

Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Omar Daley results in a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

29:43

Liam Craig takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Hateley.

26:07

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

24:58

Shot from outside the penalty box by Chris Millar goes wide right of the goal.

23:09

Effort on goal by Henrik Ojamaa from 20 yards. Save by Alan Mannus.

22:05 Booking

Booking Rowan Vine receives a yellow card.

21:54

Foul by Rowan Vine on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

20:35

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

19:49

The referee penalises Nigel Hasselbaink for handball. Direct free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.

18:10 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Simon Ramsden for unsporting behaviour.

17:49

Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Simon Ramsden results in a free kick. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick.

15:59

Foul by Michael Higdon on Steven Anderson, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg takes the free kick.

15:23

Shot from close range by Nicky Law clears the bar.

13:47

Nigel Hasselbaink has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

11:14

Rowan Vine concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Law. Simon Ramsden takes the direct free kick.

10:06

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.

9:28

Henrik Ojamaa produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Alan Mannus.

6:00

Foul by Michael Higdon on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

3:43

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, clearance made by Michael Higdon.

2:40

Liam Craig takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

1:57

The ball is delivered by Callum Davidson.

0:42

Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Cregg. Callum Davidson takes the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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