Saints march back into form with stunning win

United turned the form tables on Musselburgh. Picture by Bronagh Smith.
United turned the form tables on Musselburgh. Picture by Bronagh Smith.

St Andrews United...............3

Musselburgh Athletic..........0

St Andrews United entertained last season’s Scottish Junior Cup runners up in their first home match since November 28.

United were in a poor run of form, having not won in their last 10 league games, whilst

Musselburgh were unbeaten in their last nine league matches.

This included impressive victories away to Kelty Hearts and at home to Linlithgow Rose.

In addition, Musselburgh had not tasted a league defeat on the road since the opening day of the season.

United came close to the opener midway through the first half when a free kick by Barry Sibanda from 25 yards rattled the corner of the post and bar.

On the half time whistle United broke the deadlock.

Paddy Deane burst up the right wing and evaded two tackles, before he crossed into the visitors goalmouth from the bye line.

His strike partner Barry Sibanda collected the pass andfired a low shot past Dodds.

United had the perfect start to the second half when they doubled their lead after 48 minutes.

A corner by Jamie Mackie on the right reached Paddy Deane just inside the penalty box.

The United number 10 headed the ball into the visitors goalmouth where Aaron Whitehead was first to react when he dived and headed the ball into the net.

This reverse stung the visitors into action and for the next 20 minutes they dominated without calling on home ‘keeper Collier to make a save of note.

United sealed the match when Kieran Sturrock hit an absolute beauty of a strike from all of 30 yards that flew into the top corner.

On Saturday United are at home to Penicuik Athletic in the league, kick off 1.45pm.

Saints: Collier, McMullan, Whitehead, Murdoch, Wedderburn, Buchan. Mackie, McInnes, Sturrock, Sibanda, Deane.

Subs: Clarkson (GK), Brand, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.