Saints secure Well scalp
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
St Johnstone stunned Motherwell to bag a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
St Johnstone stunned Motherwell at Fir Park to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Peter MacDonald and Jason Scotland put The Saints in control and while Well pulled one back through Ross McCormack, they were beaten by the better side on the night.
Motherwell had the first attempt on goal, although Brian Kerr's long-range shot was comfortable for St Johnstone keeper Kevin Cuthbert.
Cuthbert had to be on his guard on 13 minutes to gather Steve McGarry's well-placed header from Danny Murphy's testing cross.
However, the visitors had been playing well themselves and they took the lead though MacDonald's deft flick in front of goal.
Willie McLaren did well down the right and his cut-back was met by MacDonald in the middle who guided the ball over Graeme Smith in off the bar.
The visitors continued to create the better of the chances and Scotland should have done better with his free header in the box from Paul Sheerin's superb cross.
McCormack tried his luck from distance shortly after half-time, but his set-piece was never troubling Cuthbert.
St Johnstone confirmed their superiority on the night when Goran Stanic stood up a great ball in the middle for Scotland to head home in the middle.
However, Motherwell were not about to go down without a whimper and they set up a frantic finale when McCormack guided home Scott McDonald's ball into the box.
The visitors were desperately close to netting a third, but after substitute Andy Jackson rounded Smith, his effort was blocked on the line in the last action of the match.