Summer football is the way forward for Saints

St Andrews hold their line as they defence against Armadale.
St Andrews hold their line as they defence against Armadale.

If anybody needed evidence of why the juniors should consider summer football then they should have been at Volunteer Park on Saturday.

Saints travelled to play Armadale Thistle and went down 3-2 on a pitch which was sodden from the start.

The ball was bouncing no more than 18 inches during the referee’s inspection, however, it was passed fit.

United settled and took the lead on eight minutes when a long punt by Mackie found Sutherland on the right.

He crossed the ball for Barry Sibanda to nod past Stuart Walker.

The home side were level when Wedderburn was penalised for a challenge on Rarity.

When the resultant free kick was only cleared to Brown he found Robertson who tapped the ball home.

A minute later Armadale were in front when another long ball was missed by the Saints defence and Robbie Feeney nipped in to knock the ball home.

United continued to struggle on the heavy pitch and went 3-1 down on 43 minutes.

McInnes appeared to be harshly punished for a challenge outside the box.

Feeney struck the free kick round the wall and in to McEwan’s bottom corner.

Saints came out for the second half with a little more urgency and could have pulled a goal back on 49 minutes when a header from McInnes found Sutherland but he was harshly adjudged offside.

He didn’t have to wait long though.

A long free kick from Wedderburn was headed back across goal by Sibanda and Sutherland stabbed the ball home.

St Andrews were almost level on 70 minutes when McMullan fed Sutherland, his pass in turn found Mackie who returned the pass but the striker’s shot went inches wide with Walker beaten.

Wedderburn’s afternoon turned sour as he received a second booking on 85 minutes and was sent off.