Saints manage to arrange friendlies after call-off

St Andrews United face Newburgh in a friendly.
St Andrews United face Newburgh in a friendly.

Due to a frozen pitch last weekend, St Andrews United’s fourth round Scottish Cup tie at home to Broughty Athletic was postponed.

United had given the surface at The Parkk every chance to thaw out following the overnight frost, however, Dundee referee Mike Roncone deemed it unfit to play just after 10.30am.

Luckily for Saints, they managed to arrange a friendly fixture on the university all weather pitch against North Division side Newburgh Juniors, managed by former United striker Graham Nicol. The fixture allowed Saints boss Phil McGuire a chance to give his squad game time rather than a training session.

United started slowly and looked decidedly rusty following their break over Christmas and New Year and it wasn’t until the second half that McGuire’s side started to dominate their opponents.

Saints eventually ran out 4-0 winners, with a hat trick from Barry Sibanda and Daryn Smith adding a fourth.

McGuire said: “I think Newburgh will do well and Graham has a young team who are competitive and look to pass and play the game in the right manner.

“I am sure they won’t be too far off come the end of the season.”

Tuesday evening saw United in friendly action once again when Super League side Carnoustie Panmure were the visitors to the University pitch.

A highly competitive game ended in a 1-1 draw and both managers were pleased with the workout.

Robbie Holden had put United in front on six minutes when he turned home a Darren Kelly cross.

The lead lasted no more than 60 seconds before Pat Smith curled a shot beyond Darren Clarkson in to the far corner.

After the game Phil McGuire spoke of his disappointment at the weekend;s game being called off.

He said: “We were bitterly disappointed about the call off at the weekend for our Scottish Cup tie.

“We felt confident the game would be fine and had worked all week and pretty much over the last three weeks in preparation of the cup tie.

“When you work hard in training and have a full squad to assess and pick from it does get deflating but we won’t waste the hard work and will look forward to this weekend.”

Sam Buchan being available for Broughty’s arrival tomorrow.