Saints turned on the style to secure all three points in the second half of today’s Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League match away to Halkirk United.
It finished a goal apiece in the first half after Finn As-Chainey cancelled out an Grant Macnab goal for the home team. The Saints man found the net with a neatly timed glancing header on the end of a Gary Millard set piece.
A red card late in the first period then reduced Halkirk to ten men when goalkeeper Kieron McLeod was dismissed for high knee on striker Ben Bruce just outside the box, prompting Halkirk to introduce substitute goalkeeper Mackensie Jackson from the bench.
Halkirk though had the wind in their favour in the second half, and they took a 2-1 lead scoring a goal straight from a corner via Jonah Martens. Jackson was proving a capable deputy in the early going of the second period, thwarting Bruce on a couple of occasions, and gathering quickly after being beaten by the same player with a shot that trundled off the upright and along the goal line.
It wasn’t long before Jake Lockett levelled the scores though, forcing the ball over the line on the rebound after As-Chainey had hit the bar with a shot using the outside of his foot.
Saints kicked into another gear and went 3-2 ahead on 70 minutes with a nice lob from Ben Bruce to catch Jackson off his line, and on 83 minutes Lockett grabbed his second and his tenth goal of the season to make it 4-2, breaking clear before rounding the keeper to slot into the empty net.
Halkirk notched a late consolation goal through Macnab with four minutes left, and they pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing moments -- but in the end they were unable to stage any sort of meaningful comeback, and Saints deservedly saw out the win.
J Allan, S Ross, Millard (Trialist), JW Skinner, Davidson, J Skinner, Lockett, Mackay, Bruce, Gair, As-Chainey
Subs not used: Geegan, Voigt
Pic: James Gunn