Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Albion Rovers 0-4 St Johnstone

Chris Kane scores
Chris Kane scored his first St Johnstone goals since May

Chris Kane scored a hat-trick as St Johnstone beat Albion Rovers to set up a Scottish Cup fifth-round trip to face Premiership rivals Hearts.

Kane, who recently returned from a loan spell at Queen of the South, volleyed Saints ahead early on.

Teenager Kyle McClean notched his first St Johnstone goal when he connected with Kane's cross after the break.

Kane latched on to Liam Craig's chip to head home his second and soon struck to complete his first Saints treble.

Weather had caused the tie at Cliftonhill to be postponed twice but it survived a Monday afternoon pitch inspection to go ahead at the third time of asking.

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright had promised changes following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Partick Thistle.

Kane was one of the eight players brought into the starting line-up, having come off the bench at the weekend, and the 23-year-old forward netted his first Saints goal of the season to add to the five he got at Queens earlier in the campaign.

Murray Davidson and Kyle McClean
Northern Irishman McClean (right) celebrates his maiden Saints goal

Joe Shaughnessy's throw-in was helped on by a team-mate's head for Kane to meet it sweetly and fire past on-loan Rangers goalkeeper Kieran Fisher.

That goal may have dampened League One Albion Rovers' enthusiasm but they got a foothold in the game with Connor Shields in-particular causing the visitors problems.

Ross Davidson tested Saints keeper Alan Mannus from distance and Kane had another effort wide before the break.

Saints came out for the second half refocused and soon doubled their advantage.

Kane turned provider with a cross and McClean - making his first start - struck from close range.

The more experienced Liam Craig had a hand in the third goal, lifting the ball on to the diving head of Kane.

And Kane's confidence was further bolstered with a solid strike for Saints' fourth as they completed a professional performance.

Post-match reaction

Albion Rovers manager Brian Kerr: "It's a poor start, you don't want that in any game never mind a Scottish Cup tie against a Premier League side.

"We rally very well, see out the first half and start having a decent wee bit of pressure on them, without creating any real clear cut chances.

"We lose another bad goal, probably should deal with it better. Disappointing that one.

"The boys that were in there gave us a great shift, great work ethic. Poor defending's cost us."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "We had to come here with the right attitude and be professional and the start of the game was exactly what we wanted.

"It was a difficult pitch and I thought we played the conditions well. Second half, we did try and play a little bit more.

"Really pleased with the result and the scoreline and the performance overall. Pleased for some of the younger players that came in.

"[Chris Kane showed] great technique for the first one and he's in the right position for the header."

Line-ups

Albion

  • 1Wright
  • 2Fisher
  • 4Lightbody
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 5McMullin
  • 11McLeish
  • 6HolmesSubstituted forGallagherat 83'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 29mins
  • 7ShieldsBooked at 28mins
  • 10HigginsSubstituted forWattersat 74'minutes
  • 9VictoriaSubstituted forGuthrieat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McCann
  • 14Guthrie
  • 15Gallagher
  • 16Okane
  • 17Potts
  • 18Watters
  • 19John Queen

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 5ShaughnessyBooked at 34mins
  • 15Kerr
  • 23Gordon
  • 26Craig
  • 4AlstonSubstituted forComrieat 69'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMcCannat 71'minutes
  • 18Paton
  • 20McClean
  • 17Johnstone
  • 25KaneSubstituted forWotherspoonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Anderson
  • 9MacLean
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 14Comrie
  • 21Scougall
  • 30Hurst
  • 37McCann
Referee:
Mat Northcroft
Attendance:
1,130

Match Stats

Home TeamAlbionAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Albion Rovers 0, St. Johnstone 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Albion Rovers 0, St. Johnstone 4.

Attempt saved. Michael McMullin (Albion Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Jason Kerr.

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

Ross Davidson (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alistair McCann (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. John Guthrie (Albion Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Alistair McCann.

Corner, Albion Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Comrie.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Craig McLeish.

Kyle McClean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Shields (Albion Rovers).

Attempt missed. Gary Fisher (Albion Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Christopher Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Albion Rovers. Anthony Okane replaces Graeme Holmes.

Foul by Denny Johnstone (St. Johnstone).

Graeme Holmes (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Connor Shields (Albion Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Connor Shields (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Kerr (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Craig McLeish.

Foul by Paul Paton (St. Johnstone).

John Guthrie (Albion Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Albion Rovers. John Guthrie replaces Joao Pereira Victoria.

Substitution

Substitution, Albion Rovers. Ryan Watters replaces Sean Higgins.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Alistair McCann replaces Murray Davidson.

Goal!

Goal! Albion Rovers 0, St. Johnstone 4. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Aaron Comrie replaces Blair Alston.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Albion Rovers 0, St. Johnstone 3. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Craig.

Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Higgins (Albion Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Albion Rovers 0, St. Johnstone 2. Kyle McClean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christopher Kane.

Foul by Michael McMullin (Albion Rovers).

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

Foul by Connor Shields (Albion Rovers).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ross Davidson.

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