Hazelhead 7 St Laurence 3
St Laurence struggled to get to grips with the small Hazelhead pitch last Monday, but it was the Saints who took the lead. Good work up front by Jordan Myles saw him beat the Hazelhead keeper at his near post.
Hazelhead scored not long after. The Hazelhead winger managed to get his cross across the face of the goal for an easy tap in.
in a battling first half there was very little between the teams they went in at half time 1-1.
St Laurence started the second half slowly, and were punished early. A great strike from the Hazelhead striker beat keeper Hadden.
St Laurence worked hard to get back into the game and were level when they were awarded a penalty which Myles converted.
A few forced changes through injuries were made and it seemed to disrupt the St Laurence team. Hazelhead went on to punish the Saints with a further five goals, before Neil Arthur scored with a header.
A night the St Laurence defence would like to forget with Hazelhead going home comfortable winners.
Glentanar Reflex 3 St Laurence 2
St Laurence travelled to Hazelhead for the second time in as many days, to face opponents that were promoted with them last season.
St Laurence started the game well and good work through the middle by Neil Arthur released Chris Fenby down the right but his shot was saved by the home keeper.
Saints took the lead when Jordan Myles did well down the left and drove in a shot that the keeper failed to get near.
St Laurence were in control of the game at this stage but the home side levelled when a through ball split the defence allowing the winger to get in behind and deliver a ball into the box for the striker to convert.
St Laurence continued to press and a deep ball to the back post by Fenby caught the home keeper out and allowed Jamie Johnston to score.
The second half was end to end with both teams having their share of the chances. In the dying minutes, Fenby raced through and the keeper making a reckless challenge which resulted in a penalty and Fenby was stretchered off. The keeper remained on the park to the dismay of the travelling support and he saved the resulting penalty from Myles.
To make matters worse for St Laurence, Glentanar somehow managed to win the game in injury time when the winger slotted past Hadden.
Theologians 5 St Laurence 1
St Laurence again travelled to Hazelhead on Saturday, a ground they would be happy not to see again this season, this time they faced Theologians. Theologians battled the harder in the first half and were rewarded in the first 15 minutes. A break of the ball fell to the home striker and he made no mistake.
St Laurence had several chances but the home keeper made several good saves to keep both Myles and Bruce out. Neil Arthur also had several free kicks which failed to trouble the keeper in the first half.
St Laurence were sure they had scored when a great corner in by Johnston was headed goalwards by Harley. The ball looked to have crossed the line but the referee waved the appeals away.
St Laurence struggled to get into the game and for long periods were second best to a team that weren’t playing any great football either. Theologians were probably the worst team the Saints have played all season, but the result didn’t show this with the home team running out 5-1 winners.
St Laurence 3 Torphins 3
St Laurence went into this game on the back of four straight defeats, but seemed to be enjoying playing at home. The larger pitch seemed to make a difference as the Saints played some of their best football of the season.
St Laurence took the lead through Middelton. Great determination allowed him to get away from the Torphins defender and he calmly stroked it past the advancing keeper.
Torphins responded, when the right winger, fired in a low cross which Hadden palmed away and a Torphins midfielder was there to knock in the rebound.
St Laurence passed the ball around in a physical game which Torphins struggled to cope with, and they were in front again, when a Cameron corner was headed home by Ryan Arthur.
Hadden made several crucial saves but Torphins again levelled. A deep corner found an unmarked defender in the box and he made no mistake.
St Laurence were well on top of the game but it was Torphins that went in front. Again a corner was fired in and cleared to the edge of the box where a Torphins player met it and fired an unstoppable volley past Hadden from 25yards.
St Laurence got their heads up and continued to play the better football and they were rewarded when Middelton again broke free to hit low past the Torphins goalie.
St Laurence could have gone on to win it in the dying minutes when Criggie used his pace to get down the left flank, only for the keeper to save.
Saints pick up their first point of the campaign, a point that was badly needed.