Saints celebrate promotion to Division Two East

ST LAURENCE FC can look back on a successful season in the Aberdeenshire Amateur League.

The Saints finished runners-up in Division Three, achieving promotion and they will play in Division Two East next season.

With a much stronger squad than that which was relegated the previous season, the Saints were strong in the league both home and away and merited their second place.

The Saints tasted glory in the Dickie Trophy, contested by clubs in Divisions Two and Three.

In round two they beat Westhill 1-0 away, then they followed that up with a 4-2 away win against Trophies International.

In the quarter-finals, the Saints fought out a 2-2 draw with Portlethen, then triumphed 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.

This took the Laurencekirk side into the semi-finals when they lost 5-3 to Postal ALC.

In the AFC Trophy, St Laurence thumped Auchnagatt 8-3 away in round one, then lost 6-2 at home to Sportsman’s Club.

In the Chattan Rovers Cup they beat Cruden Bay 3-0, then lost 3-1 at Torphins in the quarter-finals.

If we take a look at how the other local sides performed in the season just ended, we find mixed fortunes.

In the Premier Division, Cowie Thistle finished a creditable fourth, but fellow Stonehaven side AC Mill Inn ended up bottom and were relegated.

Mearns United were champions of Division One North, Stonehaven Athletic were mid-table, but Bervie Caley finished bottom of the pile and were relegated.

In Division One East Luthermuir finished fifth, several places above fellow Kincardineshire side Newtonhill.

Portlethen were second in Division Two North and are promoted and in Division Two East, Johnshaven finished third and also take the step up.

St Laurence are of course promoted out of Division Three and North Kincardine side Cammachmore take the step up with them.

The new amateur season begins in just a few short weeks with Cowie and Mearns United together in the Premier Division.

There will be derbies galore in Division One East. All six local Division One sides, Mill Inn, Johnshaven, Luthermuir, Newtonhill, Portlethen and Stonehaven Athletic find themselves in that division, with none in Division One North.

Bervie and Cammachmore are together in Division Two North, with St Laurence on their own in Division Two East.