Defeat at Keirs Park is all elementary to United

St Andrews United tackle Hill of Beath.
St Andrews United tackle Hill of Beath.

St Andrews United supporters would maybe better looking towards TV’s Sherlock to discover how they managed to throw away a 2-0 lead against Hill Of Beath.

That’s just what happened at Keirs Park on Saturday as Saints scored three goals away from home and got no reward.

Saints took the lead when Barry Sibanda chased down a poor back pass, ‘keeper Stuart Hall’s clearance hit the United forward and rebounded in to the unguarded net.

The visitors doubled their lead when a blistering Sibanda free kick was parried by Hall and bundled home by Jamie Mackie.

Saints were hit with the loss of keeper Richard Cargill when he came off worst in a clash with Craig Smart and was replaced by Ryan Sloan.

Sutherland should have scored on 48 minutes when he was clean through on Hall but the home ‘keeper made a great save.

Hill of Beath pulled a goal back on 61 minutes when Darrin Wright hit a sweet shot from 30 yards that dipped, hit the underside of the bar and went in.

They were level on 65 when Callum Adamson beat Seeley before firing across Sloan in to the far corner.

Smart made it three on 76 minutes when he rifled home a free kick after Buchan had pushed Adamson.

Saints went straight down the other end and Sibanda drew them level with a header.

The home side responded by restoring their lead and winning the game on 78 minutes when a cross from the left was nodded home by Greig Smith.

Saints returned home pointless, three games on the spin where United have scored three goals but only one has produced any points - the 3-3 draw with Musselburgh.

The injury to Cargill looked to be a bad one that will deprive Saints of their number one ‘keeper.

This weekend it’s Scottish Cup action for United.

Saints welcome competition favourites Bo’ness Utd to Recreation Park.