St Andrews Colts claimed a 4-1 victory in their J Clenaghan league fixture against Arbroath Community Sports Club. Ross Farquharson put the home side 1-0 up early on, before Steven Dell netted a penalty, which saw the two sides level at the half time break. St Andrews Colts then scored three times in the second half, courtesy of Ross Hazel, Jay Cameron and Josh Purdie, to secure the win.
St Andrews Colts started the game well with the larger share of the possession. This showed in just the second minute of the match when they were able to translate their ball possession into a chance. Colin Wares attempted a looping shot at goal from several yards out but Jay Barber, in goal for Arbroath, was able to pluck it out of the sky before it could progress any further.
Soon afterwards St Andrews scored the opening goal of the game. Wares, again, proved to be the catalyst when he fired a shot at goal that duly thundered off of the crossbar. With the defence scrambling Ross Farquharson displayed great alertness to latch onto the rebound first. He controlled the ball expertly before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
In the 15th minute it was Ross Hazel’s turn to have an attempt at goal. The St Andrews number 4 looked to curl in his effort but was denied by an outstanding save from Barber, who parried the ball away to safety.
Shortly afterwards Arbroath had worked a great opportunity for themselves. Bradley Bell made a terrific run down the right wing, evading several challenges on his travels. He then looked to play in Lewis Milne, who was lurking unmarked in the penalty area. Bell’s cross, unfortunately, was played just behind the striker and Milne could not execute the shot that he wanted. As such the number 19 was only able to shoot the ball up high leaving goalkeeper, Corey Brunton, to claim the loose ball.
As the game ticked into the 19th minute Jay Barber was called into action once more. Farquharson, in search of his second, unleashed a fierce low shot from inside the box but was denied when Barber parried the ball back out wide. Wares latched onto the rebound first but was only able to fire his shot into the side netting.
A minute later Arbroath came incredibly close to equalizing through a direct free kick awarded about 30-35 yards out from goal. Steven Dell took the kick and the ball very nearly looped its way into the back of the net. Standing in the way of an Arbroath equalizer was Corey Brunton, who thrust up his right hand and managed to divert the ball onto the post.
On the 25th minute Arbroath were given the break that they needed to get back on level terms when Norbert Wawer was penalized by the referee for hand ball in the area. Dell stepped up to take the penalty kick and successfully dispatched it into the bottom right hand corner.
St Andrews very nearly responded in emphatic style two minutes later through Ross Hazel. The midfielder stepped up to take a free kick and looked to bend the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Unfortunately for him the ball went just the wrong side of the post.
Five minutes before half time the woodwork came into play once again, this time denying St Andrews. Once again, Hazel came close as he looked to shoot across goal and into the bottom left hand corner of the net. This time, however, the ball ricocheted off of the post and the Arbroath defence successfully cleared the danger.