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St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee 11/3/17

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Published On: 13/03/17

. St Johnstone won for the first time in three games as goals from Paul Paton and Blair Alston gave them a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee at McDiarmid Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.


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