Callum Hendry grabbed a hat trick as St Johnstone beat Dundee 5-0 in the SPFL Development League. The Saints hit man scored three times in a first half that saw Kyle McLean also find the net. Scott Struthers completed the scoring late on.
Dundee started brightly, with Randy Wolters seeing a shot deflected behind for a corner, before Matty Henvey brought a save out of Ross Sinclair.
Saints opened the scoring after 11 minutes, when Callum Hendry jinked his way into the Dundee box before dispatching a low shot across Kyle Gourlay into the corner.
Hendry doubled the Perth side's advantage after 20 minutes. Ian Smith was robbed by Kyle McClean in the midfield, and he picked out Hendry who cut away from the defender, and bent the ball into the far corner of the net.
Dundee were offering little in an attacking sense, while Saints looked like scoring every time they went forward. Sean Struthers flashed a shot narrowly wide before Jamie Docherty was denied by Gourlay.
Hendry continued to torment the Dundee defence, and grabbed his third three minutes before the break. The striker beat two defenders with a clever flick, before driving into the box and slotting past Gourlay.
There was still time remaining for Saints to add a fourth, thanks to McClean’s volley from the edge of the box.