Premier Sports Cup: Nine-man St Johnstone toil, Livingston lose keeper in defeat, big win for Dunfermline

St Johnstone and Livingston both suffered surprise Premier Sports Cup group-stage results to lower-league opposition in the second round of fixtures.

St Johnstone's Dan Cleary is sent off during a Premier Sports Cup match against Annan Athletic.
St Johnstone's Dan Cleary is sent off during a Premier Sports Cup match against Annan Athletic.

Livingston had goalkeeper Max Stryjek sent off as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat by Inverness, while St Johnstone went down to nine men in a goalless home draw with Annan.Livi created some decent early chances against Caley Thistle but Robbie Deas headed against the bar for the visitors before Stryjek saved from Daniel MacKay.Home skipper Nicky Devlin was inches away from scoring from inside his own half but Mark Ridgers tipped his audacious effort on to the bar.Caley Thistle soon broke and Austin Samuels netted from close range in the 37th minute.Stryjek was sent off for bringing down Samuels on the hour mark. Substitute goalkeeper Ivan Konovalov made good stops from Cameron Harper and MacKay before being beaten by the on-loan Hibernian winger’s deflected strike in the 67th minute.Jason Holt pulled one back in the 84th minute but Billy Dodds’ side held on.St Johnstone had a couple of early chances in Perth but Dan Cleary was sent off in the 29th minute following an off-the-ball incident with Tommy Muir, who was booked.Annan came closest to a winner when Josh Galloway hit the outside of a post and Cammy MacPherson was shown a straight red card late on following a challenge on Aidan Smith.Saints also endured disappointment in the penalty shoot-out with Annan claiming the bonus point thanks to misses from Michael O’Halloran and Andrew Considine.Annan top Group F having already beaten Queen of the South, who bounced back with a 3-0 win at Ayr thanks to goals from Lee Connell, Connor Murray and Josh Todd.There were also big wins for Dunfermline, Hamilton and Queen’s Park. The Pars beat Buckie 5-0, Hamilton thrashed Stranraer 5-2 and Queen’s Park maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-1 victory over Forfar.There are five matches to be played on Wednesday evening, with Aberdeen hosting Dumbarton at Pittodrie, Arbroath taking on Cowdenbeath, Clyde v Bonnyrigg Rose at Broadwood, Kilmarnock play Partick Thistle live on TV while Peterhead make the trip to Raith Rovers.

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