Clyde were knocked out of the Scottish Cup after St Johnstone eased to a comfortable win in the fourth round.

Goals from Guy Melamed and Michael O'Halloran handed the Saints the win but Clyde produced a battling performance to keep the score respectable after conceding twice in the first twenty minutes.

It was the Bully Wee's fourth game in a week amid their gruelling schedule and it showed against their fresher, full-time opponents.

Clyde boss Danny Lennon rotated his squad

Remarkably, it was the Bully Wee's 12th game since the lower leagues returned just 28 days ago while it was just the fourth game for St Johnstone during that time period.

Danny Lennon, unsurprisingly, made eight changes to the side that lost 1-0 to relegation rivals Dumbarton on Thursday night as the Clyde boss rotated his squad amidst a gruelling schedule.

Only Marky Munro, Craig Howie and Ewan Etoo retained their stating berths with captain David Goodwillie one of those dropping to the bench.

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Callum Davidson also named eight changes as he used the cup competition as an opportunity to rotate his squad.

It was only the three centre backs -Jason Kerr, Jamie McCart and Liam Gordon - who kept their place in Davidson's starting line-up from the 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen.

It was a nightmare start for the visitors as the Perth side grabbed the opener after just six minutes.

Guy Melamed opened the scoring for St Johnstone after just six minutes

The impressive O'Halloran collected the ball near the byline and drilled a low ball across goal for an unmarked Melamed to tap home into an empty net from six yards out.

The hosts continue to dominate possession and territory as the half progressed and David Wotherspoon fired a free-kick narrowly over the bar on 18 minutes.

St Johnstone applied constant pressure on the Clyde defence and they doubled their advantage on 20 minutes through O'Halloran.

The former Rangers winger raced onto a clever pass from Stevie May before slipping the ball under an onrushing Matej Cajs and it rolled into the back of the net.

Michael O'Halloran doubled the Saints advantage with a clever finish

It was an unenviable task for the Bully Wee and although they struggled to get out their own half, they kept their full-time opponents at bay until half-time.

Marky Munro produced a brilliant clearance off the line to deny Jamie McCart on 42 minutes to ensure the deficit was just two goals at the break.

Clyde continued to defend resolutely in the second half without carrying much of an attacking threat.

Goalkeeper Vajs had to be alert to palm behind a powerful Liam Craig strike on 58 minutes after a slick St Johnstone move.

Israeli striker Melamed came within inches of scoring his second when he smashed a header off the bar from close range before Scott Tanser fired the rebound wildly over.

Clyde did have the ball in the back of the net on 78 minutes but it was ruled out controversial circumstances.

Lewis Jamieson showed great composure to to round Elliot Parish but the linesman flagged for offside after Kane Ritchie-Hosler tackled a Saints defender.

Clyde's best opportunity of the game fell to St Mirren loanee Jamieson in injury time but he was unable to convert from close range.

Clyde's Martin McNiff makes a last ditch challenge

St Johnstone: Parish, Kerr, Gordon, McCart, Brown, Wotherspoon (Gilmour 67') , Craig (McCann 79'), Tanser, O'Halloran, Melamed (Middelton 71'), May

Subs: Clark, Kane, Bryson, Rooney, Booth, Ferguson

Clyde: Vajs, Bain, Howie, McNiff, Howie, Otoo, Munro (Butterworth 56') Lamont(Jamieson 72'), Thomson, Robertson, Cunningham (Ritchie-Hosler 64') , Jack

Subs: Rumsby, Goodwillie, Love, Nicoll, Mitchell

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