skip to content
Kevin Rutkiewicz produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line.
Daniel Grainger challenges Darren Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Daniel Grainger for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Michael Duberry fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save made by Mark Howard.
Centre by Collin Samuel, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jerel Ifil on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
The ball is crossed by Sone Aluko, Darren Mackie finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Sone Aluko.
Shot by Sone Aluko from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Yoann Folly concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Yoann Folly shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
The ball is sent over by Rory McArdle, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.
Daniel Grainger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sone Aluko.
Yoann Folly crosses the ball, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Foul by Collin Samuel on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Fraser Fyvie takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Duberry.
Peter Pawlett goes off and Fraser Fyvie comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Rory McArdle. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, Yoann Folly makes a clearance.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Collin Samuel coming on for Marcus Haber. Scott Dobie on for Cleveland Taylor.
A cross is delivered by Yoann Folly.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Rory McArdle goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Michael Duberry. Paul Hartley shoots direct from the free kick.
Jerel Ifil fouled by Cleveland Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Mackie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Maguire. Scott Vernon comes on in place of Josh Magennis. Mark Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger.
Jody Morris delivers the ball, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
The ball is crossed by Michael Duberry, Sam Parkin challenges Rory McArdle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Jody Morris. Andrew Considine goes into the book. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Paul Hartley on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley is given a yellow card. Jody Morris is booked. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Sam Parkin takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.
Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Parkin. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Peter Pawlett has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Michael Duberry, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
Chris Millar sends in a cross, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
Murray Davidson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Paul Hartley sends in a cross, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Paul Hartley results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Cleveland Taylor, Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine. Mark Howard takes the direct free kick.
Sam Parkin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, Paul Hartley makes a clearance.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.
Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Haber. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
A cross is delivered by Alan Maybury, Mark Howard makes a save.
Marcus Haber challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sone Aluko, save by Peter Enckelman.
Centre by Rory McArdle, Jody Morris manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Rutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Magennis. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Jerel Ifil. Mark Howard takes the direct free kick.
Yoann Folly challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Mark Howard makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Josh Magennis misses to the left of the target.
Rory McArdle sends in a cross, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Cleveland Taylor. Liam Craig goes off and Daniel Grainger comes on. Paul Hartley crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Rory McArdle results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Maguire takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Cleveland Taylor from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley.
A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire, clearance made by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
Sam Parkin challenges Jerel Ifil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yoann Folly restarts play with the free kick.
Rory McArdle produces a cross.
Cleveland Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Sone Aluko.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, clearance by Zander Diamond.
Close range shot by Kevin Rutkiewicz misses to the left of the goal.
Centre by Liam Craig.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig.
The ball is delivered by Liam Craig, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Foul by Paul Hartley on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Hartley, Zander Diamond produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Foul by Chris Millar on Paul Hartley, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sone Aluko.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Chris Millar. Sone Aluko crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel,
The ball is sent over by Marcus Haber.
Unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Rory McArdle results in a free kick. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cleveland Taylor. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kevin Rutkiewicz from own half, Mark Howard makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Marcus Haber handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Magennis on Alan Maybury. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The second half has started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Maybury straight into Saints squad
St Johnstone's new signing Alan Maybury goes straight into the Saints squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park.
The 32-year-old former Hearts and Aberdeen full-back, who was with Colchester United last term, has signed for the rest of the season.
Defender Steven Anderson is suspended after being sent off in the SPL opener against Hearts at Tynecastle last week while Dave Mackay (back) and Danny Grainger (knee) are extremely doubtful.
Derek McInnes will be glad to get back to the dugout when his two-match touchline ban finishes after Saturday's game.
The St Johnstone boss was banned for the first time as a manager following an altercation with a linesman in the final minute of last season in the game against Hamilton.
A frustrated McInnes spent the opening day of the new campaign in the director's box at Tynecastle using a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with the Saints' technical area as his side fought out a 1-1 draw with Hearts.
The former Rangers and West Brom midfielder is determined not to incur the wrath of the Scottish Football Association again.
"I will be up in the directors' box again for the Aberdeen game, sitting alongside my chairman," McInnes told Press Association Sport.
"At Hearts I had a walkie-talkie which allowed me to keep in touch with my assistant Tony Docherty and get my instructions out there quickly.
"My ban had no effect on the team, only an effect on me.
"I didn't like it, it took me out of my comfort zone.
"I know some managers like to sit in the stand, for the first half especially and I can see why because of the different perspective you get, but I would much rather be in the dugout and be hands-on.
"Hopefully that will be the last time I get banned."
McInnes knows his side face a tough task against Aberdeen who went top of the table with a 4-0 win over Hamilton at Pittodrie last week.
The Perth boss insists that surprisingly comprehensive victory will make the Dons "even more dangerous" when they come to McDiarmid Park.
"Regardless of the fact that Paul Hartley scored three penalties, it was a great result for Aberdeen last week and a fantastic start to the season for them," McInnes said.
"Hamilton never make it easy for anyone.
"So Aberdeen will be buoyed and even more dangerous and will come here very confident.
"They will be tough opponents but we hope to be tough opponents too."
Richard Foster returns from suspension for Aberdeen.
Scott Vernon is also pushing for a place after building up his match-fitness in a midweek game against Cove.
However, Michael Paton remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee has challenged his players to show the desire to prove their 4-0 win over Hamilton was no fluke.
"The players deserved to feel pleased with themselves," McGhee said. "The rest of us were pleased for them and with them.
"The supporters I've spoken to are encouraged but everyone is the same - we're looking for the same again and wondering if we're going to get the same.
"The easiest thing on the back of a good result is that players feel they are off the hook for the next game, that they will be forgiven for not doing the same against St Johnstone. That's the challenge for the players."
McGhee added: "If we have 10 results consecutively like that then we'll start believing that something is happening, but we have a long way to go.
"We have to prove we have the appetite to do it again, that it wasn't a fluke, that we didn't just get Hamilton on a bad day."
Super-sub Mackie the hero for Dons
Darren Mackie sprang off the bench to ensure Aberdeen built on their opening-day win over Hamilton with 1-0 success at St Johnstone.
The match appeared to be heading for a disappointing stalemate until Mackie's goal only five minutes from time.
Andrew Considine had the ball in the net in the first half for the Pittodrie outfit only for referee Steven McLean to rule his header out for a foul and the home side were left to rue Kevin Rutkiewicz's costly first-half miss.
St Johnstone's on-loan West Brom striker Marcus Haber scampered clear down the left to create the game's first opening but Dons defender Zander Diamond produced a magnificent block on his cross with Sam Parkin poised to pounce.
With the game slowly sparking to life, Saints should have taken the lead in the 17th minute.
Aberdeen goalkeeper Mark Howard failed to hold a high ball in a crowded goalmouth and, when the ball was shuttled back into the danger area, Rutkiewicz screwed his shot wide when the ball fell kindly to him barely six yards out.
Aberdeen finally put pressure on new Saints goalkeeper Peter Enckelman in the 33rd minute but could not find the breakthrough the game needed.
Chris Maguire turned Liam Craig on the flank but saw Michael Duberry clear his low cross from almost under his own crossbar and then Enckelman grabbed the Dons striker's tame left-foot shot.
Craig sustained a hamstring injury in the move and was replaced by Danny Grainger, who had himself been injured a week previously against Hearts.
Two minutes later the visitors had the ball in the net as Considine headed in Paul Hartley's whipped free-kick delivery but referee McLean controversially ruled the strike out for a foul in a busy penalty box.
In first-half injury time, it was St Johnstone's turn to come close as Howard tipped away Parkin's header from Grainger's long throw.
In a low-key opening to the second period it was Grainger's ability to send in long throw-ins that again carved out an opportunity for St Johnstone in the 52nd minute.
The former Dundee United full-back's delivery reached the middle of the area but the soaring Murray Davidson could not direct his header on target.
Aberdeen forward Peter Pawlett curled a shot past Enckelman's left-hand post four minutes later before another moment of controversy in the home box.
Rutkiewicz appeared to obstruct Maguire and send him stumbling towards goal as he raced clear of the Saints rearguard but McLean ignored claims for a penalty and awarded a corner instead.
Both sides made double substitutions in forward areas, with Mackie and Scott Vernon being introduced for Aberdeen and Collin Samuel and Scott Dobie coming on for St Johnstone and it proved an inspired move for McGhee as Mackie earned his side three points.
Sone Aluko drove over from 25 yards with five minutes remaining before setting up the winner seconds later.
The winger blocked Maybury's clearance and kept the ball in play on the left touchline before finding Mackie in the box and the replacement's first-time shot appeared to take a deflection on its way into Enckelman's bottom left-hand corner.
© 2004 - 2015 football.co.uk