United leave it late but Lea proves the difference
St Andrews United.............3
Kennoway Star Hearts.......1
St Andrews United kick-started their Premier League campaign by seeing off stubborn Star.
At the weekend Saints started their campaign in defeat, going down 3-2 to Dalkeith.
But Ian Barrett’s men were in no mood to ship any further points as they look to hit the division’s summit.
Their visitors have made a steady rise through the junior ranks, and facing off with a side who last season were playing Super League football is credit to Alex Davidson’s club.
And they posed Saints problems, with the highly rated Kieran Band getting his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot.
All three goals in the game came in a busy second half.
The game had failed to really crackle into life in the first 45 until a new Saints recruit spun the match on its head.
Lea Schiavone has a rich pedigree in the junior game and he proved to be the spark Saints needed to ensure the three points stayed at Barnetts Park.
On 56 minutes he opened the scoring for United.
But Kennoway are nothing if not resilient, and they showed their fighting qualities to get themselves back into the game.
Davidson did some neat work towards the end of the last campaign by getting Band tied down on a new contract.
He got his side level from the spot.
But United have battling qualities of their own, and wanted to ensure their second home game in a row didn’t end without them securing three points.
Craig Wedderburn proved he can be just as potent up front as he is in defence and he once again put United in front
Schiavone sent the home crowd home happy when he popped up with just a minute to go with a late third to kill off any hopes of a Kennoway comeback.
Haddington Athletic visit Barnetts Park with weekend with a 2.30pm kick off.