St Andrews United travelled to Tayport for the final pre-season game of the summer full of confidence following a good midweek victory over Coupar Angus.  However, the first twenty minutes of the contest at the Canniepairt proved to be fairly cagey as both sets of players made short passes in order to keep possession.  

The home team then found their rhythm thereafter and Ryan Paterson opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he capitalised upon St Andrews United giving the ball away in midfield.  Paterson burst towards goal before neatly chipping the ball over Kyle Moran and the young goalkeeper was beaten for a second time less than three minutes later.  

Jamie McCabe met a cross from the right and his well-directed header gave Moran no chance as it sailed into the net via the underside of the crossbar.  Tayport subsequently dominated the rest of the first period and Paterson grabbed his second of the match right on the stroke of half time when he added the final touch to a swift passing move.  

Unfortunately, much of the second half was played in the middle of the park so neither side created many chances as a result.  Saints’ best opportunity of the half came from a long-distance free kick, which was easily saved, but Jamie Gill made the score 4-0 in the 85th minute to make amends for previously hitting the post.  Tayport therefore won this friendly derby fixture by a convincing margin and the St Andrews United players will need to produce an improved performance when their league season begins at Ormiston in seven days’ time.

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