MX23RW : Sunday, September 23 14:51:17
Jul 31, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​McDiarmid Park
St Johnstone
1-2
Spartak Trnava
Mackay (93')
Wright (60'), Miller (72'), Kane (79')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Schranz (34', 63')
Bortel (20'), Vlasko (58')

Result: Late Dave Mackay strike gives St Johnstone glimmer of hope

Dave Mackay strikes late to give St Johnstone a glimmer of hope of making the Europa League playoff rounds following a 2-1 defeat to Spartak Trnava.

St Johnstone conceded two away goals in losing 2-1 to Spartak Trnava at McDiarmid Park in the first leg of their third-round Europa League qualifier tonight.

The Saints' hopes of reaching the playoff rounds were dealt a blow just after the half-hour mark when Ivan Schranz struck to give the Slovakian side a crucial goal in the tie.

The Scottish Premiership side started the second half with far more attacking intent and should have levelled up on 54 minutes, as Gary Miller, with the goal gaping, headed wide.

It would soon prove a costly miss as Schranz bagged his and his team's second of the night to ensure Miller paid a hefty penalty for the earlier opportunity.

Erik Sabo could, and perhaps should, have put the tie beyond doubt minutes later by spurning a gilt-edged chance for a third.

Tommy Wright's side finished the contest in the ascendancy, as David Wotherspoon shaved the bar from range, before Dave Mackay struck what could prove to be a crucial goal in the tie by reducing the deficit in the dying stages.

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St Johnstone's Steven Anderson, Steven May and David Wotherspoon celebrates at the final whistle after beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi final on April 13, 2014
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