Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock

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

Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

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

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

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.

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

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

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

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

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

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Stuart Findlay replaces Rory McKenzie.

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

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

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Greg Kiltie.

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. John Sutton (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Christopher Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Steven MacLean.

Attempt missed. Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

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