Writer: Vital York
Date:Saturday July 19 2014
York City were held to a 0-0 draw by Scottish Cup winners St Johnstone in their latest friendly in Perth.
But it was the visitors who enjoyed most of the play against a youthful-looking side and they were twice only denied by the woodwork.
The Minstermen pressed early with Lindon Meikle having an effort cleared off the line while both Lewis Montrose and Michael Coulson were too high.
Coulson soon had another drive charged down by Tam Scobbie and veteran 42-year-old goalkeeper Stevie Banks thwarted a Jake Hyde header before Anthony Straker struck across goal.
Straker continued to be lively and next allowed Marvin McCoy to hoist over from the edge of the area.
Montrose was similarly wayward before Miekle wasted a glorious opportunity from six-yards out after Banks had punched away.
The visitors made a couple of changes for the start of the second-half with Keith Lowe and Ryan Jarvis replacing Dave Winfield and Coulson.
But it was Hyde soon forcing Banks into a low save after exchanging passes with Meikle. Substitute Jarvis next sliced wide from 20-yards as youngsters Tom Platt and Cameron Murray also entered the action.
York kept creating the opportunities and Montrose volleyed over before Hyde struck an upright and the follow-up was scrambled away. Substitute Platt in turn cleared the target with another shot and Banks turned over Meikle's dangerous cross.
Saints finally mustered an attempt with eighteen minutes remaining but Chris Kane was comfortably wide. Hyde then sent a 20-yard free-kick narrowly past the post in reply.
The first-time Scottish Cup winners last season had included a couple of trialists in their line-up and one of those saw an effort deflected behind during the later exchanges.
However, there was still enough time remaining for York substitute Lowe to head onto the crossbar after Montrose had already struck wide.
St Johnstone: Banks, Kitchen, Gilchrist, Easton, Scobbie, Rodger, Thomson (Lander 69), Trialist, Trialist, O'Halloran (Wilson 61), Kane
subs (unused): Hurst, Caddis, Buchanan, McLaren
York City: Mooney, McCoy, Winfield (Lowe 46), McCombe, Ilesanmi, Meikle, Penn (Platt 61), Montrose, Straker (Murray 61), Coulson (Jarvis 46), Hyde
Att: 944 (155 York)
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Date:Saturday July 19 2014
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