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Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian 2-2 St Johnstone

St Johnstone defender Joe O'Shaughnessy heads over his own keeper to gift Hearts an equaliser
Saints defender Joe O'Shaughnessy heads over his own keeper to gift Hearts an equaliser

Hearts came from two goals down to deny St Johnstone a 100% record in their post-split fixtures on a thrilling final day of the season at Tynecastle.

Saints led 2-0 inside 12 minutes after Liam Craig's opener from the penalty spot and a header from Graham Cummins.

But the hosts were level by the 21st minute, Arnaud Djoum looping a header in before Joe Shaughnessy's own goal.

Hearts had striker Abiola Dauda sent off for a lunge after 57 minutes, but held on as Saints threatened a winner.

Alim Ozturk denied Danny Swanson and Steven MacLean fired wide, before one final chance saw Tam Scobbie's header saved brilliantly by Hamilton.

But the visitors had to settle for remaining unbeaten in their final five matches.

They finished nine points adrift of Hearts in third, but both sides can take satisfaction from excellent seasons.

St Johnstone - last five league finishes
2015-164th
2014-154th
2013-146th
2012-133rd
2011-126th

The Hearts players revealed a banner before kick-off thanking their fans for their "incredible" support during the season, and another full house of 16,046 were treated to a feast of early goals.

Hearts almost had the perfect start when Djoum found space on the edge of the 18-yard box but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Saints took the lead in the ninth minute when John Souttar tangled with Cummins in the box from a long throw-in.

Referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot despite the hosts' protests and Craig fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

St Johnstone celebrate Liam Craig's(number 26) opening goal
St Johnstone got off to the ideal start with Liam Craig's penalty

Saints doubled their advantage three minutes later as the home defence again failed to cope with a set piece, Cummins meeting a corner from the left on the volley for his eighth goal of the season.

Hearts looked as if they were going to be overrun by Tommy Wright's hungry side but they bounced back quickly when Djoum sent a looping header beyond Alan Mannus into the top corner.

And Robbie Neilson's side were back on level terms four minutes later.

Prince Buaben sent in a cross aimed at top scorer Juanma, but Shaughnessy arrived first and sent a header over his own goalkeeper into the net.

Hearts' players now looked as if they believed in themselves and only the feet of Mannus denied Dauda the lead.

The recalled keeper then made a wonderful save from the same player moments late, diving low to his right to keep his goal intact.

Danny Swanson looked as if he had regained the lead for Saints with an angled shot from close range but a last-gasp clearance from Callum Paterson kept the sides level at the interval.

Saints striker Chris Kane missed a good chance when clean through on goal, clipping the ball over Jack Hamilton but also over the Hearts crossbar.

Challenges were flying in from both teams with referee Aitken struggling to keep control of affairs.

And the home side were reduced to 10 men when Dauda saw red for a thumping challenge on Craig, who was fortunate to avoid a card himself for his reaction.

Only Hamilton in the Hearts goal stood back as the other 21 players on the pitch joined the melee that followed.

Hearts continued to press forward despite being a man down and Alim Ozturk's free-kick brought another wonderful save from Mannus.

But after Ozturk denied Danny Swanson and MacLean fired wide, Saints had one final chance but Tam Scobbie's header was brilliantly saved by Hamilton.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 24SouttarBooked at 8mins
  • 5OzturkBooked at 13mins
  • 17OshaniwaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forSmithat 53'minutes
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 58mins
  • 23Kitchen
  • 8Buaben
  • 37MooreSubstituted forNicholsonat 62'minutes
  • 19Delgado LloriaBooked at 60minsSubstituted forReillyat 68'minutes
  • 25DaudaBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 1Alexander
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 28Smith
  • 44Zanatta

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 22FisherBooked at 59mins
  • 36GordonSubstituted forMacLeanat 83'minutes
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 3ScobbieBooked at 74mins
  • 26CraigBooked at 66mins
  • 16Swanson
  • 25KaneBooked at 56minsSubstituted forHurstat 68'minutes
  • 18Cummins

Substitutes

  • 5Doyle
  • 6Anderson
  • 9MacLean
  • 12Clark
  • 20Brown
  • 31Hurst
  • 44McCawl
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
16,046

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home19
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, St. Johnstone 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, St. Johnstone 2.

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

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Arnaud Djoum.

Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Steven MacLean replaces Liam Gordon because of an injury.

Delay in match Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Booking

Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Gordon.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Greg Hurst replaces Christopher Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Juanma because of an injury.

Delay in match Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Attempt blocked. Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian).

Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Lewis Moore.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38268493316286
2Aberdeen382251162481471
3Hearts381811959401965
4St Johnstone38168145855356
5Motherwell38155184763-1650
6Ross County38146185561-648
7Inverness CT381410145448652
8Dundee381115125357-448
9Partick Thistle381210164150-946
10Hamilton381110174263-2143
11Kilmarnock3899204164-2336
12Dundee Utd3887234570-2528
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