Perthshire Advertiser

All’s Well for Saints as Hampden showdown beckons Perth men just too good for Lanarkshir­e rivals

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MOTHERWELL .................................... 0 ST JOHNSTONE .................................. 3 Matthew Gallagher

Scarcely have we witnessed St Johnstone control a game of football with such panache.

The Perth puppet-masters had Motherwell on a string at times and especially during a first half which had supporters watching from home reaching for the superlativ­es.

Saints’ play was smoother than Nick Dasovic’s flowing locks circa 1998. This really was a hair-raising performanc­e and the perfect tonic before the grandest of occasions and this Sunday’s League Cup final.

Premiershi­p business remained the priority at the weekend and that was reflected in manager Callum Davidson’s team selection. To a man, his players did not disappoint. And it means the Perth boss will have an almighty selection headache in the Hampden build-up.

Israeli striker Guy Melamed was brought back in from the start and required only 19 minutes to produce a moment of magic. A left-footed stunner - until now this reporter had assumed it was his weaker foot - crashed into the net with some aplomb.

Saints continued to attack and deservedly doubled their tally on the stroke of half-time through a low, controlled drive from captain Jason

 ??  ?? Dominant Jamie McCart climbs above Tony Watt to put Saints back on the front foot
Dominant Jamie McCart climbs above Tony Watt to put Saints back on the front foot

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