Scottish Premiership
St MirrenSt Mirren0St JohnstoneSt Johnstone1

St Mirren 0-1 St Johnstone

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at St Mirren Park

St Mirren remain in search of their first home league win of the season as Michael O'Halloran scored the only goal in St Johnstone's win in Paisley.

Brian Easton's free-kick was not cleared properly and O'Halloran lashed in a deflected shot.

Brian Graham struck a post in the second-half as the Perth Saints almost doubled their lead.

St Mirren created several chances but failed to take any, as St Johnstone marched home with all three points.

Tommy Craig had insisted this was not a must-win match, but a decent result was sorely needed by the under-pressure St Mirren boss, whose team sit above bottom side Ross County on goal difference alone.

O'Halloran looked lively from the start as St Johnstone started strongly.

St Mirren's Kenny McLean vies for possession with St Johnstone defender Brian Easton
St Mirren's Kenny McLean, impressive in the second half, vies for possession with St Johnstone defender Brian Easton

He collected the ball 20 yards out and unleashed a curling drive that took a deflection as it nestled into the net for his fifth goal in the last five games.

It took until the 23rd minute for St Mirren to produce any meaningful response. Adam Drury showed good pace down the right, but his shot from just inside the box was tame and comfortably saved.

Five minutes before the break, O'Halloran went down in the box under a challenge from Isaac Osbourne, but referee Kevin Clancy decided it was not a penalty.

Kenny McLean then tried his luck from 20 yards with his less-favoured right-foot but it was a comfortable take for Alan Mannus.

There was a blow for the home side at half-time as captain Steven Thompson was withdrawn as a precaution after tweaking his groin.

Despite that setback, St Mirren began brightly with Jason Naismith forcing Mannus into a fine save.

At the other end, James McFadden had a header saved before the Perth side almost took a 2-0 lead.

Striker Graham worked a yard of space in the box and fired a shot which looked goal-bound, but instead it came back off a post.

McLean went close with a couple of free-kicks for St Mirren, before a great chance fell for substitute Callum Ball but his near-post header was clawed away by Mannus.

St Mirren keeper Ridgers did well to save a close-range drive from Graham and Ball fired over from 10 yards after a corner.

Substitute Sean Kelly stung the palms of Mannus as St Mirren continued to create chances then, when Jason Naismith lashed in a late shot from the right that flew the wrong side of a post, it drew groans of disappointment in the home crowd.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 30BairdBooked at 54mins
  • 22TesselaarBooked at 74mins
  • 17DrurySubstituted forKellyat 77'minutes
  • 31MallanBooked at 80mins
  • 13Osbourne
  • 7McGinnBooked at 84mins
  • 8McLean
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forBallat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 10Marwood
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 21Teale
  • 28Kello
  • 29Caldwell

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Mannus
  • 2MackayBooked at 40mins
  • 6Anderson
  • 5Wright
  • 24Easton
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 33mins
  • 4LappinBooked at 88minsSubstituted forMillerat 90'minutes
  • 7MillarBooked at 61mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 17McFaddenSubstituted forDavidsonat 76'minutes
  • 14Graham

Substitutes

  • 8McDonald
  • 11Morgan
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 18Davidson
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,720

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 0, St. Johnstone 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, St. Johnstone 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Simon Lappin.

  4. Post update

    Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Booking

    Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

  12. Booking

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  17. Booking

    Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.