McGuire proud of his side after difficult week

Forfar West End hold their line against Saints
Forfar West End hold their line against Saints

St Andrews United manager Phil McGuire hailed the performance and application of his squad following a sombre week at the Parkk .

The club was left devastated last week when defender Jack Syme, who spent a period on loan from former this season, was found dead.

Despite their grief, the Saints were able to focus on their fixture at the weekend, beating Forfar West End 5-2 away from home.

United boss McGuire said after the win: “It was a difficult week for all concerned, the players took stock and felt they wanted to proceed with the weekend’s game away to Forfar.

“Jack has played a part in our success so far this season and the players felt it was fitting to go and give their all for their team-mate and they did just that”

“Summing up the game it was a great win and I was proud the way the players applied themselves and carried out a professional and disciplined performance considering all that had gone on”

Saints move on this week to the Scottish Cup and their fifth round clash with west of Scotland heavyweights Pollok FC at The Parkk.

The Glasgow side are in the same position as United this term sitting on top of the second tier in their region.

Pollock also have a proud history in the Scottish Junior Cup, winning the trophy in 1981, 1985 and 1997 as well as finishing runners up in 1986 and 1998 so will provide stiff opposition as McGuire is fully aware.

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