Friday 16th March
Saints and Hibs drew 1-1 at McDiarmid Park this evening.
The game opened up sharply with Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose heading in Scott Allan’s cross within the first 90 seconds of the game. Hibs were then reduced to 10 men when their goalkeeper was sent off for a handball outside the box.
Saints were looking to pile on the pressure with their man advantage, and had shot after shot testing Hibs replacement goalkeeper Cammy Bell.
It took until 82 minutes for Saints to break their deadlock, with Chris Kane’s half volley creeping into the right-hand post. Saints then looked to ultimately win the game and had may more chances to see the game out.
However, Saints’ didn’t take their chances as the match finished a draw. A point is a fair reflection of what could have been all 3 if Saints had scored form any of their many chances.
On a bitterly cold night in Perth, Saints looked to go into this game in good form after a very convincing win against Neil McCann’s Dundee, 0-4 at Dens Park last weekend. Tommy Wright made one change to the team that started against Dundee as Liam Gordon came in for the suspended Jason Kerr.
Hibernian get the game underway and it was not long until they were ahead. From a Hibernian corner which is cleared by the Saints defence, a ball was lobbed into the 6 yard box for Efe Ambrose to bullet his header into the bottom right. 0-1 Hibernian.
The visitors were then reduced to 10 men when Marciano was sent off for handling the ball outside the area after 15 minutes. A long ball forward picked out Chris Kane who attempted to lob Marciano who came rushing out of his area. However, the ball hit the hand of the Israeli keeper and he was sent off by referee John Beaton.
A Liam Craig corner on 33 minutes was lofted into the box, in which Murray Davidson rose highest, however, his effort skied over the bar. Saints first real chance at testing Hibernian’s substitute goalkeeper, Cammy Bell.
Saints then had 2 chances in the space of a few seconds. A great cross into the box fell to Chris Kane whose shot was cleared off the line by the Hibs substitute goalkeeper. Then a few seconds later Liam Craig made a surging run into the box, and tried to square it to Chris Kane, however the Saints striker got his feet in a muddle and the ball rolled into the hands of Cammy Bell fairly easy. Saints pushing to get the equaliser against the 10 man Hibernian.
Saints made a change at the start of the second half as George Williams came on for Chris Millar. Saints kicked off the second half and straight from the kick off Saints went on the attacked as Chris Kane fired a thunderous shot to the top right of the goal, however his effort rattled the post. Saints edging closer to the equaliser.
On 51 minutes a George Williams effort was fired hard at Cammy Bell, however goalkeeper was equal to it and pushed the ball away from the goal. However, Chris Kane tried to latch onto the ball but the ball fell kindly back to Bell. Saints still pushing, 0-1 Hibernian.
A Liam Craig effort on 54 minutes was fizzed at Cammy Bell, who pulled off a good save to hold the shot by the Saints midfielder. Saints were then gifted a chance through a Hibernian mistake, as it fell to George Williams whose effort blazed over the bar from a tight angle. The Welshman looking to open his account for Saints’ since signing on loan from English Championship side Fulham.
Saints eventually got the equaliser with 8 minutes remaining. Williams crossed the ball into the box from the left which picked out substitute Denny Johnstone. The on-loan striker then headed the ball onto Kane who gave Bell no chance.
It setup a frantic finish and Scott Tanser almost secured the 3 points for Saints late on however, his 25-yard free kick crashed off the bar with Williams unable to knock in the rebound.
A game of many chances for Saints’, however the Hibernian back line earnt a point with a fantastic display by defending the Saints’ onslaught for 75 minutes. Saints should have taken more of the chances that they were given, however they could only get the one goal.
Saints: Mannus, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Gordon (Johnstone 74), Tanser, Craig, Alston (Wotherspoon 68), Millar (Williams 45), Davidson, MacLean, Kane
Unused Substitutes: Clark(GK), Comrie, Willock, Watson
Booked: Shaughnessy, Craig, Alston, Anderson,Tanser
Scorer: Kane (82)
Hibernian: Marciano, Ambrose, McGregor, Hanlon, Boyle, Allan (Whittaker 87), Bartley, McGinn, Stevenson, Kamberi, MacLaren (Bell 14)
Unused Substitutes: Swanson, Rherras, Shaw, Stirling, Porteous
Sent Off: Marciano
Scorer: Ambrose (2)
Referee: John Beaton
Match Report by Ruairidh Smith
Picture: Chris Kane equalises for Saints
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