Familiar story for frozen out Saints

St Andrews boss Phil McGuire
St Andrews boss Phil McGuire

It’s beginning to sound like a scratched record but St Andrews United’s Scottish Cup tie with Broughty Athletic once again fell foul of the weather.

Luckily for Saints, and manager Phil McGuire, United were able to make use of the excellent facilities at St Andrews University and arrange a friendly game against North Division promotion candidates Brechin Victoria

Vics currently sit in fourth place in the hands of former St Johnstone, Brechin and Forfar striker Charlie King.

However, King’s side were given a harsh lesson in finishing as well as a glimpse at the difference in class between the upper echelons on the North Division and the top of the Premier League, as Saints ran out 8-1 winners.

United took the lead when player manager McGuire received the ball from Ryan McInnes before curling a shot in to the far corner past the helpless Jamie Robbie.

Paddy Deane made it 2-0 with a great turn and shot.

Deane was quickest to respond to a rebound off the keeper to make it three on 38 minutes.

Ricky Patrick made it 4-0 at the start of the second half before Darren Kelly finished off a fine team move to net number five.

Robbie Holden put Saints 6-0 in front on the hour, finishing another fine passing move.

The visitors got on the score sheet after 75 minutes when Ryan Lewis curled a great shot past Darren Clarkson.

Saints weren’t however finished, Darren Kelly appeared at the back post to score number seven and then on full time, capping a fine second half display, Liam Campbell made his chance before scoring past the unfortunate Robbie.

Both managers were happy with the exercise with King commenting that it showed how far his side had still got to come.

Saints try once again this weekend to stage the cup tie but with only five of the 16 ties played so far they are not the only ones in the same situation.

The draw has been provisionally arranged for the middle of this coming week however, the location and time is dependent on the number of ties actually resolved.

Once again, should the game take place this weekend, kick off at The Parkk will be 1.45pm.