Saturday 9th September
Saints kept up their unbeaten start to the league season after drawing 1-1 with Hibernian at McDiarmid Park.
Michael O'Halloran grabbed his 5th goal of the season after 48 minutes when he latched onto a Liam Craig pass to finish from close range. However, a Paul Paton own goal midway through the second half meant both sides finished with a point.
St Johnstone went into the match at home to Hibernian looking to continue their unbeaten run in the Premiership season, having drawn with Celtic (1-1) two weeks ago.
St Johnstone get the game underway.
In the first minute, a Joe Shaughessy ball over the Hibernian defence was found by Steven MacLean who got the ball under control and went round the keeper but was flagged offside.
In the 10th minute, a David Wotherspoon corner was rolled in front of the 18 yard box where Stefan Scougall's shot was well blocked by the Hibernian defence.
On 16 minutes, some smart passing around the 18 yard box enabled Paul Paton to put a through ball in for Scougall who's cross glanced across the 6 yard box but the Hibernian defence cleared.
In the 20th minute, a quick free kick was passed to Paton and then to Richard Foster who crossed with Shaughessy winning the knock down, but MacLean's half volley going round the post.
A big chance for Hibernian as Simon Murray headed the ball over the crossbar with 21 minutes played.
On 39 minutes, Boyle run down the right fell to Gray with the best chance of the match at that point, but he put it over the bar from 8 yards out.
Hibernian started the second half. Murray Davidson made way for Liam Craig.
A St. Johnstone counter attack saw a Liam Craig cross meeting the onrushing Michael O'Halloran, who smashed it into the net. 1-0 Saints. O'Halloran scoring his 5th goal of the campaign.
On 60 minutes, a bad piece of control by Steven Anderson allowed Simon Murray to run down the left and put a dangerous ball in for Hibernian, which Paton put into his own net.
On 75 minutes, a free kick for Saints was nodded down by Shaughessy which Craig met on the half volley but it went well wide.
Former Saintee Danny Swanson ran through the middle into the box but lost his footing and Foster was able to clear.
Boyle then had a chance to win the game, hitting a shot into the top right of the goal but Mannus made a great save to tip it round the post with 7 minutes remaining.
In the last minute Anthony Stokes almost won it but he smashed his effort over the bar as Saints held on for the point.
Saints remain unbeaten in this season's Premiership campaign, and sit 3rd in the league table.
St Johnstone TEAMS | Mannus, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Easton, Foster, Davidson(Craig 45), Paton, Wotherspoon (Tanser 88), Scougall(Johnstone 68), O'Halloran, MacLean. SUBS | Clark, Tanser, Johnstone, McClean, Craig, Gilchrist, Cummins. #SJFCLive
Hibernian TEAMS | Marciano, Gray, Whittaker, Hanlon, Bartley, McGinn, Murray, Boyle, Barker (Swanson 73),Ambrose, Stokes (Matulevicuis 90+4) SUBS | Laidlaw, Sivka, Matulevicius, McGeouch, Swanson, Stevenson, Porteous.
Referee- Nick Walsh Assistants- Douglas Ross and Drew Kirkland Attendance- 5591.
Bookings- St Johnstone (Paton, Wotherspoon and Paton) Hibernian (Bartley)
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