St Johnstone 1-1 Inverness CT: Cummins rescues point

By Derek Clark

St Johnstone and an injury-ravaged Inverness gained their first point of the season in what was largely an uninspiring affair.

The Highlanders, missing six first-team players, started the brighter of the two and opened the scoring after just eight minutes when Ryan Christie fired a left-footed strike from just outside the area into the bottom corner of the net giving Alan Mannus no chance.

The 20-year-old should’ve put the game to bed on 72 minutes when he burst into the box and fired a powerful close range effort towards goal but Mannus produced a spectacular save to keep the home side in the game.

And the Saints rescued a point in the 89th minute when a Joe Shaughnessy cross was met by the head of his Republic of Ireland countryman Graham Cummins who nodded past Fort-Williams to net his second goal in as many games.

Inverness boss John Hughes was proud of his players despite conceding late on.

“I’m bitterly disappointed but that’s where we are in terms of injuries, that was a patch up team but I’m so proud of them.”

“We played some wonderful stuff and I thought we were going to get away with it.”

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was relieved to salvage a point.

“I think we deserved something from the game, you can never doubt the players character, with four minutes to go to get back into it, I’m pleased with a point.”

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