Ross County U20's 2-2 Saints U20's

Friday 10th February

Saints' Development side almost left the Highlands with a much deserved three points but a last minute equaliser saw a share of the spoils with Ross County.

Paul Simpson and Greg Page had put St. Johnstone 2-0 up but the Staggies scored two late goals through Tony Dingwall and Greg Morrison.

Alistair Stevenson, head of the Saints Youth Academy, said:

"In the first half it was really competitive against a Ross County side with a few older and stronger players. We grew into the game and got in at half time a goal up. The ball was played to Joe Johnson who turned well and passed to Paul Simpson who ran through and scored.

"In the second half we played really well and were well on top. We went two up after Greg Page scored with a backpost header from a corner.

"We then had some near misses from Jardine, Polson and Docherty, who all had good efforts that went just wide of the target. Jamie McKenzie also played well and was always looked a threat.

"They got a goal back against the run of play with twenty minutes left. That goal gave them a wee bit of life but we were still playing well and creating opportunities.

"But they put men forward and scored in the last minute of injury time. It was a long ball into the box and after a bit of a scramble in the box they managed to toe-poke the ball into the corner of the net.

"The boys were disappointed because they'd played so well in that second half. But it was a good result and given we had such a young team - four U17s finished the game - going up there we would probably have taken a draw.

"We were very happy with the performance and look forward to Tuesday's match against Motherwell at the Excelsior."

Saints line up: Ben McKenzie, Lumsden, Jack Wilson, Page, Cameron Thomson; McCann, Jardine, Docherty (Kieran Brian, 80), Simpson (Ballantyne, 65); Jamie McKenzie, Johnson (Polson, 70). Sub not used: Sinclair.