28 October 2003 – St Johnstone 3 Dunfermline Athletic 2 – Lge Cup

10 years ago today St Johnstone defeated Dunfemline Athletic 3 – 2 in a thrilling CIS Insurance League Cup 3rd round match at McDiarmid Park.

In the earlier rounds Saints had required extra time to get past St Mirren 2 – 0 at Paisley and 3 – 2 at home to Hamilton Accies.

Going in to the match the Pars were doing well in the Premier League and Saints were sitting in 3rd place in the First Division only 2 points behind leaders Queen of the South after ten matches.

Manager Billy Stark selected the following team: – Kevin Cuthbert, John Robertson, Ross Forsyth, Paul Bernard, Darren Dods, Ian Maxwell, Peter MacDonald, Mark Robertson, Keigan Parker, Simon Donnelly, Brian McLaughlin. Subs: – Craig Nelson, Mixu Paatelainen, Chris Hay, Eddie Malone, Ryan Stevenson.

Saints opened brightly and went ahead in 8 minutes when Simon Donnelly lobbed the ball past the stranded goalkeeper from 30 yards. This after keeper Stillie had headed clear a Paul Bernard through ball intended for Keigan Parker.

The first half was full of end to end play with the best chances falling, firstly, to Crawford for the visitors who shot over the crossbar, then, to Peaso whose drive hit the keeper following a bit of a melee in the penalty box, and just before half time, to  Brian McLaughlin who like Crawford shot over from a good position.

In the second half the Pars had a penalty appeal turned down when Crawford went down in the box. Minutes later, however, it was 2 – 0 to Saints when Paul Bernard headed a corner kick from the left back across goal for Darren Dods to head home.

Two minutes later and it was 3 – 0. Mark Robertson had just failed to get his head onto a Parker driven cross but Peter MacDonald was on hand to control the ball and then fire it past the keeper.

There were 17 minutes remaining and Saints should have been comfortable but goals from Crawford and Young meant that the final 7 minutes were now extremely nervous. Thankfully the defence stood firm and the Saints fans in the crowd of 2,769 went home happy.

Saints were drawn against Rangers at Ibrox in the 4th Round where they would go down by 3 – 0..

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