Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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St Johnstone 3-2 Heart of Midlothian

Danny Swanson gives St Johnstone the lead
Danny Swanson gave St Johnstone an early lead with a superb strike

Danny Swanson's double and a thumping Brad McKay header saw St Johnstone reach the League Cup quarter-finals in a sensational encounter in Perth.

Swanson ran onto a squared free-kick to superbly side-foot home the opener from 20 yards into the top corner.

Callum Paterson headed home from close range before the right-back was bundled over by Tam Scobbie in the box and Jamie Walker dispatched the penalty.

But Swanson converted another spot-kick before Brad McKay's header won it.

Their reward is a trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the last eight next month.

Hearts opened fairly brightly with Connor Sammon striking the post, but a wonderful moment of technique broke the deadlock.

It seemed a free-kick would be fired into the box but it was cut back to Swanson instead, who finished sweetly from the edge of the box.

Robbie Muirhead congratulates Callum Paterson on his goal
Callum Paterson levelled for Hearts and won the penalty that put them ahead

Hearts battled back without creating too many chances but the equaliser arrived when Robbie Muirhead's free-kick was parried, the ball was sent back into the area and Paterson showed great determination to head home.

Two minutes later Paterson was rashly bundled to the ground by Scobbie and Walker made no mistake from the spot for the second game running .

Liam Craig saw a first-time shot tipped over as Saints tried to get back on level terms, with Hearts looking dangerous going forward.

But it was Swanson who took advantage of a kind bounce when he broke into the box, only for Alim Ozturk to catch him and concede a penalty. Swanson sent Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton the wrong way.

The winner, 10 minutes from time, was emphatic with McKay showing real determination to get his head to Swanson's corner and it flashed past Hamilton for the winner.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "We showed a lot of spirit and character. I think we deserved it - we had more chances, and their goalkeeper had to make more saves then ours.

"In the second half it was about who wanted it more, and I think we did.

"We work hard on set-plays and when they come off it's brilliant. We have quality and maybe we don't produce it consistently enough, but when we don't we grind out results and that's the sign of a good side."

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson: "We should have seen it out. With 20 minutes to go we're in total control. We didn't deal with a long ball, that was the turning point in the game.

"It's not acceptable; we have to deal with that, but we're still a very young team. We were hunting another goal and left ourselves open. The experience will come, but it's a tough one to take tonight."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 24Easton
  • 3ScobbieSubstituted forMcKayat 45'minutes
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 11SwansonBooked at 71mins
  • 26CraigSubstituted forMacLeanat 67'minutes
  • 18PatonBooked at 45mins
  • 4AlstonBooked at 76mins
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 25Kane

Substitutes

  • 7Millar
  • 9MacLean
  • 12Clark
  • 15McKay
  • 17Coulson
  • 31Hurst
  • 39Comrie

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 4RossiBooked at 81mins
  • 5OzturkBooked at 74mins
  • 14Souttar
  • 2Paterson
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forWattat 62'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 15CowieBooked at 9mins
  • 18Sammon
  • 23MuirheadBooked at 54minsSubstituted forNicholsonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Noring
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 19Nowak
  • 24Smith
  • 26Zanatta
  • 32Watt
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
4,214

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 3, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 3, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Liam Smith replaces Prince Buaben.

Booking

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 3, Heart of Midlothian 2. Brad McKay (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Swanson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Sam Nicholson.

Booking

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Blair Alston (St. Johnstone).

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Heart of Midlothian 2. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty St. Johnstone. Danny Swanson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Steven MacLean replaces Liam Craig.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Robbie Muirhead.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd4220103710
3Dunfermline42027706
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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