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Scottish Premiership

McDiarmid Park (ATT 2,444) 21st April 2013 - Kick off 16:05 Ref: W Collum

St J'stone St Johnstone vs Ross County Ross Co

St J'stone 2

S MacLean (6)
M Davidson (25)

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Ross Co 2

R Brittain (pen 15, pen 76)

SPL: St Johnstone were held to a 2-2 draw by Ross County

Last Updated: 21/04/13 9:45pm

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Murray Davidson (left): Celebrates his first-half header

Murray Davidson (left): Celebrates his first-half header

St Johnstone's quest for a taste of Europa League football next season suffered a setback after they were held 2-2 by Ross County in a cracking contest in Perth.

County twice came from behind to claim a point with man-of-the-moment Richard Brittain netting two penalties to ensure they avoided a fourth consecutive league defeat.

Route One paid dividends for the opener as Gregory Tade headed on a long punt and Steven MacLean (6) skipped in behind the static County defence to head over the stranded keeper Michael Fraser.

County were level when Iain Vigurs (15) tumbled in the box under pressure from Chris Millar and Brittain - currently the centre of an ill-tempered tug-of-love between the two clubs - found the bottom corner from the penalty spot.

The visiting side then enjoyed a short spell of dominance but when the home side broke the shackles Fraser had to bat away a Dave Mackay thunderbolt.

But it was only a temporary reprieve as Murray Davidson (25) rose to meet Mehdi Abeid's free-kick from the right and plant a fine header beyond the flailing Fraser.

Rowan Vine went close with a snap-shot while Fraser was kept honest by Abeid before Ivan Sproule brought the best out of Alan Mannus at the other end.

Gregory Tade was inches away from applying the vital touch for a third while Steffen Wohlfarth wasted a glorious opening after a deft set up by Vigurs.

Tam Scobbie then needlessly sent Sproule sprawling in the box and Brittain (76) was as composed from the spot as he had been in the first-half to level it up again.

Tade was foiled by a stunning point-blank save from Fraser while Wohlfarth so nearly profited from hesitancy in the home defence, but could only find the side net as County held out.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 17 38
2 Dundee United 17 34
3 Aberdeen 17 34
4 Hamilton Academical 17 33
5 Inverness CT 17 32
6 St Johnstone 17 26
7 Dundee 17 21
8 Kilmarnock 17 21
9 Partick Thistle 17 20
10 Motherwell 17 14
11 Ross County 17 9
12 St Mirren 17 8