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United snuff out another Broxburn attack on their way to a 4-0 win.
United snuff out another Broxburn attack on their way to a 4-0 win.

Broxburn Athletic................0

St Andrews United...............4

St Andrews United travelled to Albyn Park last Saturday to play Broxburn Athletic on their plastic pitch in a league match.

Broxburn had won their last three league matches, and their only defeat in their last seven matches was a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bo’ness United.

The home team were odds on favourites to inflict even more misery on United’s miserable season.

But United played some terrific football on the ground, and despite having to play the last 30 minutes with ten men, the margin of victory could have been greater.

Manager Ian Barrett had a selection headache with experienced players Sam Buchan, Paddy Deane, Danny Dobie, Sean Murdoch and Ricky Patrick all injured.

Barrett was forced to play five teenagers from the start, with onlyGavin Wilson and a trialist on the bench fit.

United had the perfect start when they scored after three minutes when Barry Sibanda collected the ball just outside the Broxburn box, turned and hit an absolute beauty into the top corner.

The second goal was only delayed to the 40th minute when Kieran Sturrock beat two defenders and rounded Maley, before netting.

On the stroke of half time Sibanda scored goal number three with a trade mark free kick.

United were reduced to 10 men after 62 minutes when Kevin McMullan was yellow carded twice in as many minutes by referee Gary Farmer.

Sibanda put the icing on the cake when he completed his hat trick with 15 minutes left.

United - Clarkson, Brand, McMullan, Whitehead, Wedderburn, McInnes, Rolland Mackie, Cunningham, Sibanda, Sturrock.

Subs - Wilson, Murdoch, Trialist.