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  • Scottish FA Cup
  • 17 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Central Park
  • Attendance: 809
CowdenbeathCowdenbeathvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
03
  • McCracken, 54
  • MacLean, pen 76
  • Tade, 87

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Match ends, Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 3.

90+2 mins:Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 3.

89 mins:Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

89 mins:Pablo Navas-Alors (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Corner, Cowdenbeath.

88 mins:Attempt saved. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

87 mins:Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 3. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Scobbie.

86 mins:Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

86 mins:David Cowan (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Patrick Cregg replaces Chris Millar.

84 mins:Attempt saved. Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

83 mins:Attempt missed. Craig Beattie (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

83 mins:Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

81 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

81 mins:Colin Cameron (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

80 mins:Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Zephania Thomas replaces Lewis Coult.

80 mins:Foul by Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath).

80 mins:Liam Caddis (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

78 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Liam Caddis replaces Steven MacLean.

76 mins:Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 2. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

76 mins:Thomas Flynn (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

76 mins:Penalty conceded by Thomas Flynn (Cowdenbeath) after a foul in the penalty area.

76 mins:Penalty St Johnstone. Murray Davidson draws a foul in the penalty area.

75 mins:Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

75 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

74 mins:Colin Cameron (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74 mins:Foul by Colin Cameron (Cowdenbeath).

74 mins:Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

72 mins:Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Pablo Navas-Alors replaces Kyle Miller.

69 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Craig Beattie replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.

67 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink tries a through ball, but Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

66 mins:Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

66 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

65 mins:Attempt missed. Marc McKenzie (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

64 mins:Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Colin Cameron replaces Joe Mbu.

63 mins:Attempt missed. Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Liam Craig.

62 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

59 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

59 mins:Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

57 mins:Attempt saved. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

54 mins:Goal! Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 1. David McCracken (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Anderson with a headed pass.

54 mins:Attempt saved. Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Liam Craig with a cross.

53 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

52 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

50 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink tries a through ball, but Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

49 mins:Attempt missed. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

48 mins:Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48 mins:Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

48 mins:Marc McKenzie (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

47 mins:Foul by Joe Mbu (Cowdenbeath).

47 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Foul by David McCracken (St Johnstone).

46 mins:Lewis Coult (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

Second Half begins Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 0.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Cowdenbeath 0, St Johnstone 0.

44 mins:Attempt saved. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

44 mins:Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Craig.

43 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

43 mins:Attempt blocked. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

43 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

42 mins:Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved.

41 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean tries a through ball, but Steven MacLean is caught offside.

41 mins:Attempt missed. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40 mins:Corner, Cowdenbeath.

40 mins:Attempt saved. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39 mins:Attempt saved. Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

38 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

38 mins:Thomas Flynn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

37 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

37 mins:Liam Craig (St Johnstone) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

35 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

34 mins:Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

34 mins:Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Attempt missed. Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

27 mins:Attempt saved. Chris Millar (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

26 mins:Offside, Cowdenbeath. Marc McKenzie tries a through ball, but Marc McKenzie is caught offside.

26 mins:Attempt missed. Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

22 mins:Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21 mins:Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

21 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

18 mins:Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone).

18 mins:Joe Mbu (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

13 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink tries a through ball, but Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

11 mins:Offside, Cowdenbeath. Lewis Coult tries a through ball, but Lewis Coult is caught offside.

10 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

9 mins:Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

9 mins:Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick.

8 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

8 mins:Attempt saved. David Mackay (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

7 mins:Foul by Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath).

7 mins:Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

6 mins:Foul by Lewis Coult (Cowdenbeath).

6 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

5 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink tries a through ball, but Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

4 mins:Foul by Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath).

4 mins:Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish FA Cup
  • 17 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Central Park
  • Attendance: 809
CowdenbeathCowdenbeathvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
03
  • McCracken, 54
  • MacLean, pen 76
  • Tade, 87

match report

St Johnstone advanced to the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 3-0 away win in Cowdenbeath.

The visitors will face St Mirren in Paisley in the next round thanks to goals from David McCracken, Steven MacLean and Gregory Tade.

Cowdenbeath's Central Park was able to host the tie at the fifth time of asking, and the Irn-Bru First Division side can be proud of a competitive performance, even if they were ultimately undone by the superiority of the visitors.

Having played out a pulsating 2-2 draw with Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League two days ago, St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas opted to shake things up with five changes to his starting line-up.

Weary legs were of greater concern to Cowdenbeath player-manager Colin Cameron. The former Scottish international omitted himself from the starting line-up after featuring in his side's 2-0 defeat at Falkirk on Saturday, their first game in three weeks.

The ring rusty part-timers submitted the running of the play to their full-time counterparts but created an effective wall between St Johnstone and their goal frame, with the early chances for the SPL side coming from long range.

No clear-cut chances were forthcoming in the opening 30 minutes - and it was the hosts who came closest to opening the scoring.

Slack play in the centre led to a Cowdenbeath break with Mark McKenzie being given sufficient time to whip in a deep cross from the left. Lewis Coult's cushioned header found Dean Brett but the attacker's drilled shot went past the far post.

With the hosts finding their feet the game opened up and Liam Craig was granted too much space in a central area where he cracked the post from 20 yards out.

At the other end McKenzie went close with a low shot which evaded the far post before Lewis Milne led a counter-attack that ended with a powerful drive from 25 yards that Alan Mannus did well to tip over the crossbar.

Either side of the interval the visitors were wasteful in front of goal with Nigel Hasselbaink meekly passing into the arms of goalkeeper Thomas Flynn, before Tade rolled an effort from the edge of the box wide of the target.

The visitors finally found their route to goal in the 54th minute. With the imposing Joe Mbu off the park receiving treatment, Cowdenbeath failed to sufficiently deal with a set-piece and were lucky to clear for a corner.

Their luck ran out though - although Flynn pulled off an outstanding save to deny Steven Anderson, the ball was knocked out to McCracken who drilled the ball through a ruck of bodies and into the net.

The following 10 minutes saw St Johnstone waste two great chances to settle the tie.

Hasselbaink's low drive from 15 yards was blocked by his own team-mate, a wandering Tade, then Anderson headed over from almost underneath the opposition crossbar.

The visitors' wastefulness almost cost them immediately with McKenzie being sent free on the right - but once again Cowdenbeath saw a low effort inch just wide of the far post.

It was through the aid of the referee's whistle that St Johnstone saw their passage assured.

Flynn was adjudged to have brought down Murray Davidson after the midfielder had raced onto Craig Beattie's pass and attempted to round the keeper - and MacLean despatched the resulting spot-kick into the bottom corner.

Tade rounded off the win three minutes from time when he broke the offside trap, rounded Flynn and rolled the ball into an empty net - staking a claim for a starting place in this Saturday's match at Aberdeen in the process.

team line-up

1Thomas Flynn
2David Cowan
3Kenny Adamson
5John Armstrong
6Joe Mbu64
11Dean Brett
7Marc McKenzie
4Thomas O'Brien
9Lewis Milne
8Kyle Miller72
10Lewis Coult80

substitutes

15Pablo Navas-Alors72
14Zephania Thomas80
12Jamie Pyper
18Craig Wight
16Colin Cameron64

referee

John Beaton

team line-up

1Alan Mannus
18David McCracken
33Thomas Scobbie
2David Mackay
6Steven Anderson
10Liam Craig
8Murray Davidson
7Chris Millar84
9Gregory Tade
17Steven MacLean78
11Nigel Hasselbaink69

substitutes

26Liam Caddis78
4Patrick Cregg84
43Gareth Rodger
15Jonathan Tuffey
16Craig Beattie69

referee

John Beaton

match stats

possession %4653
shots on target49
shots off target38
corners28
tackles won00
offsides210