Super Saints sitting pretty in third place

Saints, in blue, pressure the Newtongrange midfield.
Saints, in blue, pressure the Newtongrange midfield.

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

Newtongrange Star...........0

Back in July when the first raft of fixtures for the Super League were announced, St Andrews United could be forgiven for taking a sharp intake of breath

Three of last season’s top seven in the first five games along with Tayport and Broughty Athletic who both beat Saints twice last season.

However, after Saturday’s highly impressive win against Newtongrange Star, Phil McGuire’s men sit third behind Linlithgow Rose and Bo’ness United.

On 17 minutes, Aaron Whitehead managed to get a leg to an effort from Currie and deflect the shot over the bar.

Saints weathered the Newtongrange storm and began to press the visitors back.

Great persistence by Paddy Deane set up Sam Buchan but his shot was blocked for a corner.

The visitors made a change at the break with Jordan Cropley replacing Somerville.

Whatever Phil McGuire had said to his troops at half time was inspirational as Saints came out and destroyed their opponents in the space of seventeen minutes.

Saints won a corner when Noble was forced in to putting the ball behind.

The kick, taken by McManus, was hit low to the near post and Ricky Patrick volleyed the ball in with aplomb.

Six minutes later the lead was doubled.

Deane beat two men with his nimble feet before his shot was blocked.

Schiavone followed up, rifling the rebound back past Renton in to the net.

On 66 minutes the goal of the game secured the points for Saints.

Another fantastic Deane run saw the big striker beat three men before chipping the ball over four defenders to Buchan on the opposite side of the box.

The winger swapped feet and curled a sumptuous effort in to Renton’s far corner.

The second half performance had the supporters purring after the games with comments such as “superb football” and “ best performance I have seen in years”.