Saints headed into Tuesday night’s friendly against Bradford City on the back of their 3-1 win away to Elgin City in the League Cup. Saints brought in Alan Mannus, Paul Paton, Liam Gordon, Aaron Comrie, Liam Craig and Chris Kane as Saints prepared for Saturday’s League Cup clash with Falkrik. Visiting manager Stuart McCall’s last game in Scotland managing a side which played in claret and amber came at McDiarmid with Motherwell.
It was Saints who kicked off, but after a quiet spell, it was former Saintee Filipe Morais who crafted the first opportunity, blasting into the outstretched arms of Mannus, and moments later the winger struck the post from 2 yards after being flagged offside, reminding Saints fans of his ability.
Tam Scobbie was first to threaten for Saints, heading wide a Liam Craig corner after 17 minutes as Saints looked composed in the evening sun.
Graham Cummins was next to try his luck, striking from the edge of the box, only to be denied by Colin Doyle in the Bantam’s goal.
Bradford failed to find the net after a goalmouth stramash saw Billy Clarke loop a volley over the crossbar on the half hour mark as both teams were still hunting for the opener.
But Saints found it shortly after, as Graham Cummins looped in a header from 15 yards from a deep free kick to the delight of the Saints fans enjoying the July sunshine. 1-0.
And minutes later, Brad McKay doubled the advantage, volleying in a Liam Craig free kick past Doyle, the centre back impressing having spent the second half of last season on loan at Dunfermline. 2-0.
Just on half time, Stuart McCall’s side almost pulled a goal back, but for goal hero Brad McKay to clear the strike off the line, ensuring the sides went in at half time with Saints holding onto their two goal lead. HT: St Johnstone 2-0 Bradford City.
Saints changed the look of the side at half time, bringing on Criag Thomson for Brian Easton and Connor McLaren for Graham Cummins, as Bradford brought on Mark Marshall for Timothy Dieng.
After 53 minutes, Jordi Hiwula came close to scoring for the visitors, weaving his way into the box from the left and curling his effort over the bar.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival headed over after a well-worked corner for the visitors as Stuart McCall’s side edged their way into the game.
Saints brought on George Hunter and Eoghan McCawl for Liam Craig and Blair Alston on 65 minutes as Saints looked to build on their lead.
Bradford then brought on Paul Anderson for Billy Clarke as they looked to claw back a result.
Hiwula came close for the visitors again, as his looped cross was looped over the goal line and cleared by Scobbie.
Bradford took off their trialist for Webb Foster with ten minutes to go, still searching for a goal.
Craig Thomson burst into the box after flicking a bouncing ball beyond Danny Devine but his next touch was booted clear before the youngster could convert.
But it finished like that, as Saints remained unbeaten in their preseason fixtures, with a fine win over the League 1 side. Full time: St Johnstone 2-0 Bradford City.
St Johnstone: Mannus, Scobbie, Alston (McCawl, 65), McKay, Paton, Gordon, Easton (Thomson, 45), Kane, Craig (Hunter, 65), Cummins (McLaren, 45), Comrie. Unused subs: Clark, Anderson, Millar, Swanson, Shaughnesy.
Goals: Cummins (33), McKay (37)
Bradford City: Doyle, McMahon, Devine, Law, Clarke, Knight-Percival, Morais, Dieng (Marshall, 45), Hiwula, Trialist (Webb-Foster, 80), Clarke (Anderson, 68). Unused subs: Cracknell, Boating, Payne.
Attendance: 1177 Man of the Match: Aaron Comrie
Match report by Ross Gardiner.
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