Inverness and St Johnstone drew a blank in their final match before the Scottish Premier League split.

With a top-half finish assured for both and European places still to play for, Andrew Shinnie headed over the Saints goal in a lively first half.

The hosts came close to an opener on three occasions after the break.

But Alan Mannus foiled Owain Tudur Jones, Aaron Doran and Ross Draper to ensure the visitors left the Highlands with a point.

Third-place Inverness move to within two points of Motherwell and stay five clear of St Johnstone, who replace Ross County in fourth.

Inverness were first to threaten with Jones whipping in an early shot, which was deflected for a corner and the Welshman's next effort also resulted in a corner after a Saints defender got in the way.

Shinnie scorned a great opportunity when he bulleting a header over following a Jones cross from the right.

Liam Craig made a break from midfield and drove into the box just after the half-hour mark to fire low across the Inverness box, but Antonio Reguero was alive to the danger with a low dive to gather the ball safely.

Just before half-time Mehdi Abeid fired in a fierce shot from 30 yards which whistled a yard wide of Reguero's left-hand post.

The impasse continued in the second half but Inverness went close when Jones' powerful shot from 30 yards was well saved by Mannus, despite a deflection.

The Saints keeper was then quick to race from his line to thwart the inrushing Doran.

Mannus saved Saints again six minutes from time with a star jump to punch the ball clear as Ross Draper's run into the box caught Frazer Wright napping, a fine reaction save to block the midfielder's header.

Saints seemed to take heart from their close call and drove forward as the game ebbed away, but a weak Mehdi Abeid effort well wide was all they could muster and the sides settled for a share of the spoils.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Inverness CT

  • 12 Reguero
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 14 Meekings
  • 27 Devine
  • 04 Tudur-Jones
  • 08 Draper
  • 10 Shinnie (Ross - 81' )
  • 07 McKay
  • 09 Foran
  • 17 Doran

Substitutes

  • 31 Mathieson
  • 28 Taylor
  • 11 Ross
  • 21 Polworth
  • 38 Ryan Christie

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson (Scobbie - 25' )
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson
  • 07 Millar
  • 10 Craig Booked
  • 21 Abeid Booked
  • 09 Tade (Gwion Edwards - 67' )
  • 17 MacLean
  • 23 Vine (Hasselbaink - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Tuffey
  • 18 McCracken
  • 26 Caddis
  • 33 Scobbie
  • 04 Cregg
  • 14 Gwion Edwards
  • 11 Hasselbaink
Ref: Clancy
Att: 3,744

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

6 5

Corners

3 2

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:34 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Billy McKay. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:43

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Mehdi Abeid goes wide of the left-hand post.

86:52

Mehdi Abeid challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.

84:41

Ross Draper takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

81:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Raven on Nigel Hasselbaink. Mehdi Abeid crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:05 Substitution

Substitution (Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Nick Ross coming on for Andrew Shinnie.

78:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gwion Edwards by Graeme Shinnie. Mehdi Abeid delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

77:35 Substitution

Substitution (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Nigel Hasselbaink coming on for Rowan Vine.

76:16

Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Rowan Vine results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graeme Shinnie, Alan Mannus makes a save.

73:42

Frazer Wright fouled by Billy McKay, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.

73:28

Mehdi Abeid takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Meekings.

70:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Abeid on Josh Meekings. Free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.

69:50

Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Direct free kick taken by Steven Anderson.

68:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Richie Foran. Chris Millar takes the direct free kick.

66:56 Substitution

Substitution Gwion Edwards replaces Gregory Tade.

64:21

Andrew Shinnie takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

63:34

Gregory Tade produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

62:49

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mehdi Abeid from the right by-line, Owain Tudur Jones manages to make a clearance.

62:27

Aaron Doran takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

61:25

Shot on goal by Graeme Shinnie from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

61:10

Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

56:30

Free kick taken by Daniel Devine.

56:30 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Mehdi Abeid for unsporting behaviour.

56:26

Ross Draper fouled by Mehdi Abeid, the ref awards a free kick.

54:41

Rowan Vine has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

52:41

The referee blows for offside against Andrew Shinnie. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

50:23

Chris Millar takes a shot. Antonio Reguero makes a comfortable save.

48:23

Outswinging corner taken by Mehdi Abeid, clearance by Ross Draper.

45:46

Gregory Tade takes a shot. Save made by Antonio Reguero.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:12

The offside flag is raised against Mehdi Abeid. Antonio Reguero takes the direct free kick.

42:48

Effort from 35 yards by Mehdi Abeid went wide right of the net.

38:35

Gregory Tade gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Meekings. Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

37:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Chris Millar. Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

36:25

Foul by Thomas Scobbie on Ross Draper, free kick awarded. David Raven restarts play with the free kick.

33:51

David Raven challenges Rowan Vine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rowan Vine crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Antonio Reguero.

32:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Andrew Shinnie. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Abeid.

31:23

Liam Craig takes a shot. Save by Antonio Reguero.

28:36

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

27:33

Gregory Tade gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Owain Tudur Jones. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.

26:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross Draper. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

24:46 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Scobbie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Callum Davidson.

24:24

Rowan Vine takes a shot. Save by Antonio Reguero.

22:04

Foul by Graeme Shinnie on Gregory Tade, free kick awarded. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

20:43

Foul by Josh Meekings on Steven MacLean, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Millar.

20:04

Effort on goal by Mehdi Abeid from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

19:24

Richie Foran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade. Free kick taken by David MacKay.

17:55

Aaron Doran produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Shinnie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

17:55 Booking

Booking The referee shows Liam Craig a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

17:42

Graeme Shinnie fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick.

16:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Davidson on Ross Draper. Direct free kick taken by Josh Meekings.

16:26

Foul by Ross Draper on Mehdi Abeid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.

15:44

Handball by Liam Craig. Antonio Reguero takes the free kick.

12:50

Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Millar. Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran, clearance by Steven Anderson. Corner taken by Aaron Doran, save by Alan Mannus.

10:56

Frazer Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy McKay. Free kick crossed right-footed by Aaron Doran. The referee blows for offside. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

10:04

Chris Millar has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

8:37

Foul by Mehdi Abeid on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Billy McKay takes the direct free kick.

7:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Meekings by Mehdi Abeid. Antonio Reguero takes the direct free kick.

7:20

Billy McKay takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alan Mannus.

5:44

Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot. Blocked by David MacKay. Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Chris Millar.

1:11

Mehdi Abeid has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

0:00

The game begins.

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