Anybody who believes that a move to the summer was a no brainer decision would certainly be left pondering their choice after the first day of The KK Cup at The Parkk, the renamed home of St Andrews United.
In spite of the inclement weather, that at times resembled a monsoon, both of the junior sides in the tournament showed no mercy to their amateur opponents as both ran out comfortable winners.
First up were North Division Thornton Hibs who took on Kingdom League side Cupar Hearts.
After a cagey start from the Hibs side they began to take control and in effect won the game in a 15-minute spell in the first half when they scored four goals, leaving Hearts trailing 4-0 at half time.
Hibs fitness began to tell and they eventually ran out winners 7-2.
Hibs’ scorers were Chris Ireland and Garry Thomson with a couple each alongside strikes from Ian Hepburn, Steven Leslie and Matthew Gay.
Hibs’ victory was somewhat overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Greg Lowe who sadly looks like being out for three or four months.
Next it was time for the eagerly awaited St Andrews derby as Phil McGuire’s Saints took on Jimmy Aird’s new look St Andrews Amateurs.
United only had to wait until the 16th minute to take the lead when Ricky Patrick hit a shot that evaded the dive of Niven and ended up in the back of the net.
Patrick made it two on 18 minutes when he beat the offside trap before sliding the ball past Niven.
Player manager Phil McGuire got in on the act on 24 minutes when he scored from a corner with a tap in.
Paddy Deane scored from the penalty spot on 42 minutes to send United in four up at half time.
Drummond slammed the ball home on 47 minutes after another Saints corner was poorly cleared by the Ammies.
Patrick completed his hat trick on 59 minutes after good work by Holden before the former Jeanfield man netted United’s second penalty after Deane had been felled in the box.
Patrick made it 8-0 on 70 minutes before the referee reduced the amateurs to 10 men.
He the made the sides even more unfair after ordering a second amateurs player off for something he said.
The rout was completed when Ammies Mark Gorgon put the ball past his own ‘keeper to make the final score 9-0 and United march through to face Thornton Hibs in the final.
Saints were able to bring back Darren Kelly to the starting eleven following his absence on Saturday and he replaced the trialist.
Both sides started well and Thornton were the first to show, Darren Clarkson had to be alert as Gary Thompson whipped in an early cross from the left.
Saints took the lead on 18 minutes when a ball up the left flank from Sam Buchan found Robbie Holden he beat the defender before squaring to Sibanda who made no mistake.
Saints began the second half well on top and it was no surprise when Sibanda made it 2-0 on 54 minutes after he was put through by Holden.
United secured victory and The KK Cup when Campbell on as a substitute for Buchan did well on the left before whipping across an enticing ball which a trialist rifled home at the back post.
Thornton managed a consolation on 76 minutes when Chris Ireland tapped in at the near post.