Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
St JohnstoneSt Johnstone0KilmarnockKilmarnock1

St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Craig Slater scores for Kilmarnock against St Johnstone
An early set piece gave the visitors victory

Craig Slater's early free-kick proved decisive as Kilmarnock progressed to the Scottish Cup fifth round draw at the expense of St Johnstone.

Slater brilliantly executed his set piece with a firm side-foot shot that curled away from goalkeeper Alan Mannus low into the corner.

Josh Magennis came very close to a second with a volley.

St Johnstone ramped up the pressure as the game wore on with David Wotherspoon and John Sutton narrowly missing.

Killie enter Monday's draw having taken the scalp of the 2014 winners of the competition.

Though at the other end of the Premiership table from Saints, the visitors from Ayrshire suggested early on that they were not in Perth to make up the numbers, showing real energy and appetite to get forward.

It paid off very early on. Slater picked his spot with a free-kick from the edge of the box, which was directed and weighted perfectly as it flew into the corner.

Steven Anderson and Josh Magennis
Killie battled hard to hold on to their lead

Kilmarnock continued to trouble the home side with Magennis particularly prominent, his shot from a corner narrowly failing to hit the target.

The home side really struggled in the first half and it seemed as though that might continue when Adam Frizzell nearly made it two for Killie with a close-range header.

However, St Johnstone are well known for their qualities and battled into the contest in the second half.

David Wotherspoon executed a one-two and saw his drive touched past in his side's first effort on target in over an hour.

Tommy Wright replaced his strike force with Sutton and Graham Cummins coming on and the former almost immediately made an impact when his went over.

The pressure began to build with Chris Millar, Wotherspoon and Sutton again all going close but Kilmarnock remained resolute at the back and threatening on the break.

And it took a quite astonishing series of saves from MacDonald to prevent Dave Mackay, Sutton and Cummins netting.

Murray Davidson almost stole an equaliser right at the end but Kilmarnock were not to be denied.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 7Millar
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 38mins
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forThomsonat 79'minutes
  • 25KaneSubstituted forCumminsat 66'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forSuttonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 18Cummins
  • 22Fisher
  • 27Thomson

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 24Syme
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattie
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forFindlayat 82'minutes
  • 19Slater
  • 39Frizzell
  • 3Smith
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forHigginbothamat 75'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 4Hamill
  • 5Findlay
  • 9Boyd
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 20Carrick
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,147

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  4. Post update

    Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Chris Millar went off injured after St. Johnstone had used all subs.

  9. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  10. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

  11. Post update

    Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

  14. Post update

    Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Stuart Findlay replaces Rory McKenzie.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces Michael O'Halloran.