St. Johns ........................................................... 4 Vale of Earn ...................................................... 4 St John’s entertained the Vale at the Inch in Perth in what turned out to be a tense and exciting game from beginning to end.

The Vale were first to show their attacking skills with a number raids on the St. John’s goal forcing the home keeper into some early action coping with the Vale efforts.

Against the run of play Saints scored, from a dead ball situation, a ball was played to the back post where a speculative header floated into the far corner of the net.

This setback saw the Vale redouble their efforts to break down a stubborn St. John’s defence and from conceding a number corners the home defence was breached when as he has regularly done this season Ryan Millar volleyed home to the delight of the away support.

With the initiative now firmly in their grasp the Vale took the lead from another dead ball kick when Millar again scored rising above the home defence to head into the net.

The second half started as the first finished with the Vale having the bulk of the ball possession but once more St. John’s scored against the run of play to equalise and from then on started to gain the upper hand scoring a further two goals to take a commanding 4-2 lead.

The Saints probably hadn’t reckoned with the Vale’s up and at ’em spirit when they fought to get back into the game in an effort to keep their league challenge alive.

The home team were hemmed into their own half and their defence was performing heroics blocking the shots now raining down on their goal.

Vale were getting extremely anxious as time was now the enemy and with five minutes left on the clock again a dead ball into the home goal saw Ross Brock guide his header into the goal giving Vale the life line they desperately needed.

This goal signalled an all out assault on the Saint’s goal and with the game going into added time the Vale were given a slice of luck, that they probably deserved, when a pile driver of shot was deflected past the home keeper by one his own defenders.

St. John’s will probably have the feeling they should’ve won the game, but over the piece the Vale deserved at least a draw if not the three points.

Next weeks game Vale are away to Tay Thistle in the Perthshire Cup.