One win and a loss for McGuire’s men

Paddy Deane gets a push from Blantyre sub Max Duvall.
Paddy Deane gets a push from Blantyre sub Max Duvall.

St Andrews United hosted the first game of their pre-season campaign on Saturday when they welcomed Blantyre Victoria to Recreation Park.

United took the lead slightly against the run of play on 18 minutes from the penalty spot.

Robbie Holden was played in by Patrick and then tripped from behind by Amos.

Deane showed that United’s spot kick hoodoo may be something of the past as he sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.

The visitors were level when an attack was once again only half cleared to David Green and he scored at the back post.

Clarkson was forced in to a great save from Smith on 55 after he had got round the back of the Saints back four.

Blantyre increased the lead when Lochead appeared to climb all over Kadela to head the ball past Clarkson.

United had their chances to get back in to the game.

Sibanda was unlucky to see a shot go inches over the bar after a free kick was poorly cleared on 78 minutes and then on 82 substitute Tom Whyte skied an effort from the edge of the box.

On Monday evening Saints followed up the defeat to Blantyre with the short trip to Windygates to take on Kingdom League side Greig Park Rangers.

United started brightly and Sibanda was inches wide on two minutes from a Campbell corner.

Saints started to exert pressure on the Rangers goal and Sibanda was again just wide from another Campbell corner.

United took a deserved lead on 40 minutes when Sibanda got in behind the Greig Park defence before slamming the ball passed Clark at his near post.

Campbell headed home a Kelly cross after Sibanda had failed to connect with an overhead kick.

Ricky Patrick then made it three on 65 minutes when he tapped home.

Kelly got himself on the scoresheet after great work by Robbie Holden.

Rangers managed to pull a goal back when Murray Campbell tapped the ball home from close range.

Next up for Phil McGuire’s men is a much trickier task against Highland League side Formartine United on Saturday at 3.00p.m.

Supporters are asked to take not of the date and kick off time.