St Johnstone lose on penalties to Brechin City

Andy Jackson

Brechin City earned what could be a valuable bonus point in a penalty shoot-out after a battling 1-1 draw against St Johnstone at Glebe Park.

The League One side took a first-half lead through Andy Jackson, but Chris Kane notched an equaliser late on.

But Kane and Michael Coulson both missed their penalties in the shootout for Saints as Brechin prevailed 4-2.

The Perth outfit still top the group[1] on seven points, and host second-placed Stirling Albion on Saturday.

City on the other hand still have an outside chance of qualifying but require a win at Falkirk in the final round of group fixtures [2]and for other results to go their way to clinch one of the best runners-up spots.

Questions were asked about the Saints defence after Brechin took the lead.

Chris O’Neil was allowed space and time down the right flank to float a cross deep into the visitors’ 18-yard box.

Jackson, who began his career with Saints, nipped in between both Steven Anderson and Tam Scobbie to nod the ball beyond Zander Clark.

Despite having the bulk of possession in the opening half, Graeme Smith in the home goal was only tested once by a Joe Shaugnessy header that he blocked from close range.

Saints boss Tommy Wright introduced Blair Alston, signed this summer from Falkirk, at half-time with the ineffective Craig Thomson making way, and the visitors noticeably upped the pace.

Michael Coulson had a volley from 12 yards that he fired straight at Smith.

Then only a last-gasp challenge by Dougie Hill denied Kane a clear run through on goal.

City almost grabbed a second when the Saints defence failed to clear a corner, but Gareth Rodgers’ effort was saved by Clark at the second attempt.

Danny Swanson replaced Liam Craig and within seconds of coming on almost scored the equaliser.

Bearing down on goal from the left, his effort was tipped just wide by Graeme Smith, who was proving to be a real thorn for St Johnstone as they tried to force their way back into the game.

The goalkeeper was in sparkling form as he denied Murray Davidson, Kane and Coulson in succession.

The breakthrough eventually came when Graham Cummins nodded a deep cross back into the six-yard box where Kane was waiting to bundle the ball home and set up the penalty shoot-out.

Line-ups

Brechin

  • 1Smith
  • 4McCormack
  • 5Hill
  • 6Rodger
  • 2O’Neil
  • 7GrahamBooked at 73mins
  • 8Dale
  • 11Love
  • 3Dyer
  • 9Jackson
  • 10CaldwellSubstituted forTroutenat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Trouten
  • 14Ford
  • 15Lynas
  • 16Fusco
  • 17Dods
  • 21O’Neil

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 14ShaughnessySubstituted forCumminsat 79′minutes
  • 3Scobbie
  • 6Anderson
  • 24B Easton
  • 27ThomsonSubstituted forAlstonat 45′minutes
  • 18Paton
  • 8Davidson
  • 26CraigSubstituted forSwansonat 65′minutes
  • 17Coulson
  • 25Kane

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 4Alston
  • 9MacLean
  • 11Swanson
  • 15McKay
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Comrie
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
912

Match Stats

Home TeamBrechinAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home3
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Brechin City 1(4), St. Johnstone 1(2).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Brechin City 1(4), St. Johnstone 1(2).

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(4), St. Johnstone 1(2). Ally Love (Brechin City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Still Brechin City 1(3), St. Johnstone 1(2). Michael Coulson (St. Johnstone) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(3), St. Johnstone 1(2). Alan Trouten (Brechin City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(2), St. Johnstone 1(2). Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty saved! Finn Graham (Brechin City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Brechin City 1(2), St. Johnstone 1(1). Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) hits the right post with a right footed shot.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(2), St. Johnstone 1(1). Willie Dyer (Brechin City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(1), St. Johnstone 1(1). Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1(1), St. Johnstone 1. Dougie Hill (Brechin City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Brechin City 1, St. Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brechin City 1, St. Johnstone 1.

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

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 1, St. Johnstone 1. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Cummins.

Attempt saved. Andy Jackson (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Joe Shaughnessy.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Willie Dyer (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brechin City. Conceded by Paul Paton.

Attempt blocked. James Dale (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by James Dale (Brechin City).

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

Booking

Finn Graham (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Finn Graham (Brechin City).

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Darren McCormack (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris O’Neil (Brechin City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Alan Trouten replaces Ross Caldwell.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Graeme Smith.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Danny Swanson replaces Liam Craig.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Dougie Hill.

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dale (Brechin City).

goal

References

  1. ^ top the group (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ final round of group fixtures (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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