Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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St Johnstone 2-0 Clyde: Melamed & O'Halloran send top-flight hosts into last eight

By Nick McPheatBBC Scotland

St Johnstone progressed to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals for the second successive season after easing past third-tier Clyde.

First-half finishes from Guy Melamed and Michael O'Halloran were enough for the Premiership hosts, who passed up several chances to extend their lead.

Clyde, who played less than 48 hours prior, toiled throughout but had a strike disallowed after the break.

The Perth side will face Rangers or Celtic in the last eight next weekend.

Given Clyde made eight changes amid a hectic run of fixtures, it was always going to a tough ask for Danny Lennon's men.

And their task got even harder when Melamed poked home O'Halloran's low cross from close range on six minutes.

The Israeli striker should have made it two soon after, but lashed high and wide from the edge of the area.

The top-flight hosts pushed for a second as Jamie McCart and David Wotherspoon tried their luck from distance, but they soon doubled their advantage as Stevie May broke down the left before feeding a ball through to O'Halloran who slotted past Matej Vajs.

The visitors were lucky to go in at the break just two down, as Scott Tanser saw a back-post header saved before McCart had a close-range effort cleared off the line.

Callum Davidson's men came out with the same purpose in the second half. Liam Craig saw two shots saved well by Vajs and Melamed had a header cleared off the line and another crash off the bar.

But Lennon's side were far more organised in the second period and thought they had a goal back when Lewis Jamieson dispossessed Liam Gordon before slotting past Elliot Parish, but the linesman judged there to be an offside in the build-up.

Jamieson then squandered a glorious chance to notch a consolation when Jamie Bain's cross from the right found the forward in the area and his close-range strike was gathered with ease by Parish.

Man of the match - Guy Melamed

Guy Melamed
The St Johnstone striker (right) showed some great touches throughout and could have had four goals

What did we learn?

Regardless of the opposition, Lennon will be disappointed with the way his team gave away possession in the build-up to a catalogue of St Johnstone chances in the first half.

But Clyde will not be judged on fixtures like this, especially after making eight changes and having to play less than two days after their previous game. Their focus will now be on consolidating their League 1 status.

Davidson also rang the changes, making seven to his side, and he will be encouraged with the sharpness from his fringe players as they dominated and could have helped themselves to far more goals.

What did they say?

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: "All credit to Clyde, they had a real go in the last 10 to 15 minutes.

"I thought our front three played really well. We're trying to keep [Melamed] but we might not be able to afford it. We're working hard to do it if we can but we might get priced out."

Clyde manager Danny Lennon: "When you look at the goals we conceded they are very disappointing.

"But we grew into the game. We regrouped at half-time and asked the players to get a little bit tighter and we defended well as a team."

What's next?

Both sides return to league action in midweek as Clyde travel to Forfar Athletic on Tuesday (19:45 BST) and St Johnstone host Premiership champions Rangers on Wednesday (19:00).

Line-ups

St Johnstone

Formation 3-4-3

  • 12Parish
  • 5Kerr
  • 6Gordon
  • 4McCart
  • 2Brown
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forGilmourat 67'minutes
  • 26CraigSubstituted forMcCannat 79'minutes
  • 3Tanser
  • 11O'Halloran
  • 17MelamedSubstituted forMiddletonat 71'minutes
  • 14May

Substitutes

  • 1Clark
  • 9Kane
  • 13Bryson
  • 15Gilmour
  • 16Middleton
  • 18McCann
  • 19Rooney
  • 24Booth
  • 46Ferguson

Clyde

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Vajs
  • 2Bain
  • 12Howie
  • 4McNiff
  • 23Otoo
  • 22MunroSubstituted forButterworthat 56'minutes
  • 8LamontSubstituted forJamiesonat 72'minutes
  • 18Thomson
  • 16Robertson
  • 14CunninghamSubstituted forRitchie-Hoslerat 64'minutes
  • 20Jack

Substitutes

  • 3Butterworth
  • 5Rumsby
  • 7Ritchie-Hosler
  • 9Goodwillie
  • 10Jamieson
  • 11Love
  • 19Nicoll
  • 21Mitchell
Referee:
Steven Kirkland

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamClyde
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home22
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Clyde 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Clyde 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Jamieson (Clyde) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Charlie Gilmour (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Jack (Clyde).

  7. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Martin McNiff.

  8. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Martin McNiff.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Alistair McCann replaces Liam Craig.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stevie May (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Martin McNiff.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Clyde. Lewis Jamieson replaces Mark Lamont.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Glenn Middleton replaces Guy Melamed.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Charlie Gilmour replaces David Wotherspoon.

  16. Post update

    Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Matej Vajs.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie McCart (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.