St Johnstone v Dundee Utd - as it happened

St Johnstone and Dundee United draw in a Tayside derby, sealing a top-six place for the Perth side.

1 April 2013 Last updated at 23:32

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As it happened

  1. 1931: 

    Good evening and welcome to Easter Monday's treat frmo Scottish football's Easter Bunny - a Tayside derby with top-six places up for grabs as St Johnstone host Dundee Utd.

  2. 1932: 

    There's been two draws between the sides in their past two meetings this season. But let's hope no-one ends up the April Fool who costs their side points.

  3. 1933: 

    A draw would see the home side clinch a top-six place, while a Dundee Utd win would lift the Tannadice side into the top half of the table - although they would have to wait until next week to see which half they will be in post-split.

  4. 1934: 

    As always, you can get in touch by texting 80295 or by tweeting @bbcsportscot or straight to me @steviemillerbbc.

  5. 1936: 

    There are three changes for Saints, who last played 22 days ago. Steve Lomas brings in Gregory Tade, Tam Scobbie and Frazer Wright with David McCracken, Nigel Hasselbaink and Callum Davidson dropping out.

  6. 1937: 

    There's also threee changes in the visiting line-up, with the big news being there is no place for the injured Gary Mackay-Steven. Richie Ryan and Rory Boulding are also missing from the side which started against Dundee last month. Michael Gardyne comes in, Willo Flood returns from suspension and teenager Ryan Gauld is given his first start.

  7. 1940: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Wright, Anderson, Millar, M.Davidson, Tade, Craig, Maclean, Vine, Scobbie. Substitutes: Tuffey, Cregg, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Miller, Abeid, Caddis

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, McLean, Dillon, Douglas, Millar, Flood, Armstrong, Gardyne, Daly, Gauld. Substitutes: Banks, Ryan, Tornstrand, Dow, Boulding, Soutar, Johnston

  8. 1942: 

    Great news for both sets of fans at the game tonight as @St_Johnstone_FC reveal: "Steak and Peppercorn makes a welcome return as pie of the week tonight."

  9. 1944: 

    If you're at the game, please let me know exactly how good a steak and peppercorn pie is.

  10. 1945: 

    Saints fans look away now! St Johnstone's last win of any kind against Dundee United was in a 2009 League Cup tie, but you have to go back to 2000 for their last league win over United.

  11. 1947: 

    Just under 15 minutes till kick-off, and it looks a beautiful evening in Perth, although lets hope there are more fans still to come through the turnstiles.

  12. 1950: 

    "A local derby with plenty to play for. It's going to be a tough game and we'll need to get out of the traps quickly," says St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas.

  13. 1954: 

    Ryan Gauld, 17, makes his first start tonight. The Dundee United midfielder has previously made four appearances as a substitute, including his debut around 11 months ago.

  14. 1954: 

    Dundee Utd manager Jackie McNamara: "I don't think it's the best surface, but hopefully we can pass the ball. We've got players who can hurt St Johnstone, so lets hope they can do that."

  15. 1955: 

    Dundee Utd midfielder John Rankin: "Come on all travelling #arabs. Right behind the lads tonight, shout & scream them to victory."

  16. 1956: 

    Former St Johnstone midfielder Jim Morton: "Right St Johnstone 3 points tonight! It's not Narey, Hegarty, Gough etc! Play free and go for it! COYS."

  17. 1958: 

    BBC Scotland's Tom English is predicting a score draw on Sportsound, there have been plenty of them between Saints and United, - how do you think the match will go?

  18. 2000: 

    The teams are out at McDiarmid Park as we await kick-off, with a crowd BBC Scotland's Richard Gordon is describing as "healthy".

  19. 2001: 

    Willo Flood gets the game udnerway, with Dundee Utd shooting from left to right, that's towards McDiarmid Park's Ormond Stand for those of you familiar with the ground.

  20. 2003: 

    Steven MacLean takes a howler of a quick free-kick allowing United's Barry Douglas to counter-attack. Thankfully for the home side Steven Anderson is there to tackle the tricky Douglas.

  21. 2005: 

    Barry Douglas launches an almightily deep cross to the back post from just inside the Saints half Keith Watson was making the run, but couldn't quite get there. The visitors on top at the moment.

  22. 2006: 

    Michael Gardyne beats two defenders inside the Saints box, and pulls the ball back to the penalty box...but Jon Daly isn't on the same wavelength as Saints clear.

  23. 2008: 

    BBC Scotland's Rob Maclean has just described Michael Gardyne as being in "perpetual motion". Which must be pretty annoying on the team bus you woudl think.

  24. 2009: 

    Stuart Armstrong takes out Gregory Tade with a crunching barge just inside the visitors' half. Referee Iain Brines is straight out with his book. Eight minutes gone and we have a's definitely a derby.

  25. 2011: 

    "Dundee Utd are definitely a bogey team for St Johnstone," says BBC Scotland's Allan Preston - who played for both sides - setting up a perfect 'Commentator's Curse'. Let's see which side he's jinxed...

  26. 2013: 

    The 17-year-old Ryan Gauld tries his luck with a daisycutter from 22 yards, it's slow and off-target however.

  27. 2015: 

    First chance for St Johnstone and best chance of the evening so far as Murray Davidson heads a Liam Craig just over the bar.

  28. 2018: 

    Andy in Perth says: "I'm on a mission to get you guys at the BBC and beyond to pronouce St Johnstone's ground the way it should in...Mac Day r mid Park and not McDermitt Park."

    Quite right Andy, I mean no-one got their old ground Merton Park wrong...

  29. 2018: 

    Both sides winning set-pieces, but neither managing to get a danger ball in the box. The game's beginning to look like it needs a touch of magic.

  30. 2022: 

    Willo Flood concedes a free-kick to Murray Davidson and isn't happy about it. Handbags is probably stretching it, but certainly a tantrum such as only a professional footballer can do.

  31. 2024: 

    St Johnstone 0-1 Dundee Utd (Gauld)


    Mark Millar feeds Ryan Gauld with a great through-ball, and the teenager stays cool to slot the ball past Alan Mannus to score his first top-team goal.

  33. 2026: 

    Saints have a free-kick right at the edge of the United box, but Dave Mackay curves an effort that would have earned him three points on a rugby pitch. Manager Steve Lomas looks distinctly unimpressed by a wasted chance.

  34. 2029: 

    Eddiemate the Arab starts World War III on Tayside: "Re Andy in Perth. To be fair, I always pronounce the home of St Johnstone as Legoland."

  35. 2033: 

    Scottythepertharab is happy with the performance of United's goalscorer: "Get Ryan Guald under contract for the next 10 years!! He is gona be a legend mark my words."

  36. 2033: 

    United's attackers have looked impressive, there's plenty of movement from them, pulling the Saints defence all over the place.

    "When it goes up to United's front men, it sticks," says BBC Scotland's Allan Preston. I'm hoping he means the ball.

  37. 2037: 

    Saints' Rowan Vine curls a corner to the near post which Steven MacLean deftly backheels towards goal; it takes a deflection and hits the post and goes clear.

  38. 2039: 

    Greg in Edinburgh is another member of the Ryan Gauld mobile phone fan club: "Absolutely delighted to see Ryan Gauld get that goal. The New Messi gets off the mark. Will do his confidence the world of good."

  39. 2040: 

    Michael Gardyne's perpetual motion is brought to a halt as he is bundled over by Chris Millar, giving the visitors a set-piece from 25 yards. Mark Millar's free-kick cannons back off the wall.

  40. 2042: 

    Now Saints have an almost identical opportunity as Stuart Armstrong takes down Gregory Tade. Liam Craig puts it over again, but a lot closer than Dave Mackay's earlier effort. I think St Johnstone will stick with the left-sided midfielder for free-kicks from now on.

  41. 2044: 

    We're approaching half-time, and Dundee Utd have had the best of the play, but two great chances for Saints from Murray Davidson and Steven MacLean. However, in the stat that matters, Dundee United are shead through Ryan Gauld's first goal for the club.

  42. 2047: 

    St Johnstone 0-1 Dundee Utd

  43. 2050: 

    Johnny Russell, the Dundee United forward recovering from injury, tells pitchside reporter Charlie Mann Ryan Gauld is "the best" young player he has seen at the club.

  44. 2052: 

    BBC Scotland's Richard Gordon describes his half-time pie as 'magnificent'. No word on whether it was normal or steak and peppercorn.

    We'll keep you abreast of any further pie-related developments as they happen.

  45. 2057: 

    Tonight's attendance at McDiarmid Park is 4613 with over 1500 fans having made the journey down the Tay from the land of jute.

  46. 2100: 

    BBC Scotland's Allan Preston reveals he signed an eight-year contract with Dundee United - changed days to an era where most players sign one year deals.

  47. 2102: 

    Chris Millar and Steven MacLean get the second half underway in Perth, the home side a goal down to Dundee United in what's been a fairly absorbing Tayside derby.

  48. 2103: 

    Neither side have made any changes for the second half, although one imagines a change up front for St Johnstone may come fairly soon as neither Tade, Vine or MacLean made much impact in the first half.

  49. 2105: 

    Frazer Wright shoulder charges Stuart Armstrong off the ball as United counterattack, but referee Iain Brines plays the advantage and takes no action.

  50. 2106: 

    Frazer Wright goes up for a header with Jon Daly, and clears the ball, but then lands awkwardly, with fears of a dislocated shoulder - but he's a tough old customer and is soon back on his feet.

  51. 2109: 

    St Johnstone's evening is summed up as Chris Millar robs Stuart Armstrong in the centre circle, but then plays a wayward pass to Liam Craig and the home side lose all momentum.

  52. 2111: 

    Again, Chris Millar plays a great long pass to Gregory Tade which a United defender can only clear as far as Steven MacLean 25 yards from goal - but his first touch is about as good as mine and the visitors clear their lines.

  53. 2115: 

    Saints finally get a shot on goal as Gregory Tade lashes a half-volley from 25 yards, but Radoslaw Czierzniak quite calmly watches it fizz well wide. Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels, analysing for BBC Scotland criticises his decision-making and points out that all the home forwards have been "below par."

  54. 2115: 

    Michael Gardyne cuts in from the right-hand side into the St Johnstone box before switching to his left foot and curling a shot over the bar.

  55. 2117: 

    Radoslaw Czierzniak pulls off a terrific save, palming a 30-yard effort from Liam Craig past the post. Terrific shot too.

  56. 2119: 

    Liam Craig's cross is headed goal-wards by Murray Davidson but Barry Douglas is well placed to head clear on the line.

  57. 2120: 

    Steven MacLean is next to threaten and though he beats Radoswlaw Cierzniak with a looping header, the ball rebounds back off the post.

  58. 2121: 

    Three chances inside three minutes from St Johnstone, but they still trail United. They do look like they've woken up now, however.

  59. 2122: 

    Gregory Tade is off for St Johnstone, replaced by Nigel Hasselbaink.

  60. 2124: 

    Duindee United midfielder Willo Flood shows some football intelligence, slowing the game right down as Saints enjoy their best spell of the game.

  61. 2126: 

    Diminutive substitute Nigel Hasselbaink connects with a Tam Scobbie cross, but his header is into the ground and easily collected by Czierzniak.

  62. 2127: 

    St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus goes to elaborate lengths to prevent the ball going out; racing to the corner flag and playing keepie-uppie, first to prevent a corner and then a throw-in. Surely he needs moved up front with ball skills like that?

  63. 2130: 

    Dundee Utd defender Brian McLean goes down with a twisted knee - meaning United are down to ten men facing a St Johnstone corner as he receives treatment.

  64. 2133: 

    Another whipped corner from Rowan Vine is met by Murray Davidson, who heads over again from eight yards.

  65. 2134: 

    Dundee United make a treble substitution, bringing on Richie Ryan and Ryan Dow, for goalscorer Ryan Gauld and Michael Gardyne whose legs must be an inch shorter with the amount of running he has done tonight. John Souttar replaces the injured Brian McLean.

  66. 2135: 

    Liam Craig picks up the first booking for St Johnstone after lunging in on Stuart Armstrong.

  67. 2136: 

    Stuart Armstrong goes down in the box but Iain Brines reaches straight for his book and shows him a second yellow card, for simulation. This could be a pivotal moment in the match, and, after a weekend of criticism of match officials, it did look like the ref called it right.

  68. 2138: 

    St Johnstone have ten minutes to grab a leveller against ten-man United. The visitors are doing their best to slow things down while Saints are looking to ping the ball forward at any opportunity.

  69. 2140: 

    "St Johnstone need composure now, and ball retention is the key," Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels tells Sportsound listeners.

  70. 2142: 

    Dundee United goalkeeper Radoslaw Czierzniak has earned his corn tonight, pulling off another good save from a low Murray Davidson shot from around the penalty spot.

  71. 2145: 

    St Johnstone make their last substitution, bringing on Mehdi Abeid for full-back Tam Scobbie - fellow sub Gwion Edwards hooks a shot wide of the mark. The Tangerine wall is standing firm.

  72. 2147: 

    We've just entered the first of four minutes of injury time and Steven MacLean misses an incredible chance for the home side, blazing the ball over from 12 yards at the angle when clean through on goal. A bad miss form an experienced forward.

  73. 2149: 

    St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee Utd (Craig)

  74. 2150: 

    In the third minute of stoppage time Liam Craig flicks a Mehdi Abeid corner past Czierzniak and into the net to level the match - and seal a top-six place for St Johnstone. #drama

  75. 2152: 

    Murray Davidson and Mark Millar both pick up bookings after a minor contre-temps in midfield.

  76. 2152: 

    St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee Utd

  77. 2153: 

    Wow! There was a game that ignited. A goal on Ryan Gauld's first, top-team start, a red card, a string of super saves and clearances and an injury time equaliser. Great entertainment.

  78. 2155: 

    The consequences of tonight's game are felt far beyond the city boundaries of Perth and Dundee as, not only are St Johnstone confirmed in the top-six after the split, but Ross County are also now confirmed as top-half inhabitants. Congratulations to all in Dingwall for an exceptional performance in their first SPL season.

  79. 2157: 

    It goes down to the last game before the split for Dundee United, and Jackie McNamara's stony face as the players came off the pitch spoke volumes. The United boss clearly feels the draw was two dropped points.

  80. 2159: 

    Thanks very much for your company tonight. It's been a thoroughly enjoyable evening's football and congratulations to St Johnstone on that top-six finish.

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