Scottish League Cup - Group B
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Scottish League Cup: St Johnstone 4-0 Stirling Albion

Liam Craig
Liam Craig scored St Johnstone's third goal against Stirling Albion

St Johnstone cruised into the League Cup last sixteen with a 4-0 home win against Stirling Albion.

Twice they scored from Liam Craig corners, Steven Anderson and Steven Maclean both heading home.

Craig switched from creator to finisher with number three before half-time with yet another headed goal.

And David Wotherspoon rounded off the victory right at the death as Stirling were outclassed.

It did not take Saints long to assert themselves. Anderson headed in his first goal of the season in the fourth minute with a back post header on the end of Craig's in swinging corner.

And it was another Craig corner which created St Johnstone's second goal 12 minutes before the break. It was flicked on at the near post and Maclean netted with an unmarked header.

Stirling Albion's Bryan Hodge fizzed a 25-yarder a couple of feet too high as they failed to trouble Saints keeper Alan Mannus.

And the Perth team wrapped up their League Cup progression with a third goal in the 43rd minute. MacLean was given all the time and room he wanted to flight a cross for Craig to glance a header past Chris Smith for 3-0.

Keeper Smith picked up what looked like a bad injury in the second half when he fell awkwardly in catching a cross and there was a lengthy delay while he was attended to on the pitch before being stretchered off.

Saints striker MacLean could have helped himself to a hat trick, missing a series of glaring opportunities, but he did lay the ball back for Wotherspoon to round off an easy win, lashing home the fourth goal in stoppage time.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24EastonSubstituted forWotherspoonat 60'minutes
  • 4Alston
  • 7MillarSubstituted forPatonat 31'minutes
  • 26Craig
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forCoulsonat 70'minutes
  • 29Cummins
  • 9MacLean

Substitutes

  • 8Davidson
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 12Clark
  • 15McKay
  • 17Coulson
  • 18Paton
  • 25Kane

Stirling

  • 1SmithSubstituted forat 83'minutes
  • 12Verlaque
  • 5Smith
  • 6McMillanSubstituted forDavidsonat 50'minutes
  • 19Forsyth
  • 18McCueSubstituted forMcKenzieat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Hodge
  • 16Dickson
  • 10Smith
  • 9HendersonSubstituted forOlanrewajuat 74'minutes
  • 11FernsBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 3Mills
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Kavanagh
  • 14Olanrewaju
  • 15Davidson
  • 17Binnie
  • 20Docherty
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
2,858

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamStirling
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 4, Stirling Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 4, Stirling Albion 0.

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

Booking

Marc McKenzie (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 4, Stirling Albion 0. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven MacLean.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Smith (Stirling Albion).

Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) header from very close range is too high.

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Chris Smith went off injured after Stirling Albion had used all subs.

Delay in match Chris Smith (Stirling Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Chris Smith.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Chris Smith.

Attempt saved. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Chris Smith.

Attempt saved. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ross Forsyth (Stirling Albion).

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Edward Ferns (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Moses Olanrewaju replaces Blair Henderson.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Blair Alston (St. Johnstone).

Edward Ferns (Stirling Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael Coulson replaces Danny Swanson.

Attempt missed. Bryan Hodge (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Stirling Albion. Conceded by Paul Paton.

Attempt missed. Sean Dickson (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from very close range is too high.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ross Forsyth.

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Brian Easton.

Attempt missed. Darren L. Smith (Stirling Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Bryan Hodge (Stirling Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Edward Ferns (Stirling Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul Paton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Edward Ferns (Stirling Albion).

Attempt blocked. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stirling Albion. Scott Davidson replaces Ross McMillan.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ross Forsyth.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 30th July 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd31208357
3Dunfermline32017526
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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