Garrett bags two for win

Manager Tom McPherson made one change to the team that beat Dyce on Saturday with Jim Fettes coming back into the midfield.

Michael Skene’s injury against Dyce meant that he was forced to miss this League game with Lewis Shand once again taking his place at the heart of the defence.

Saturday’s match agianst Dyce saw Saints take an early lead but it was Dyce’s turn to force the issue in only the second minute with some slack defending allowing Booth to score.

Both Watt and Stainer had chances to get the ball into the danger area but both chose the wrong option and the chance was gone.

It looked as though Banchory had scored on 25 minutes but a Stainer effort was first of all blocked and the rebound fell to Watt who hammered a close range effort off the Dyce keeper.

But the equaliser came seven minutes later when Watt swung in a free kick that was headed down for Garrett to fire home from six yards.

It should have been number two for Dyce when a well worked move down the right and pass inside found Reid but his turn and shot went inches over.

Watt forced the keeper into a finger tip save, before Dyce forced two corners in quick succession just before half time.

It was almost a replica start for the visitors in the second half with a 20 yard effort skimming the Saints’ bar and then a minute later Booth should have scored his second when he just had McKenzie to beat but the Dyce centre shot past the far post with his angled drive.

Watt swept a glorious cross field pass to Horne but just as the Saints midfielder shot the ball bobbled on the hard surface and he shot two feet wide. Half way through the second half Fuller replaced Ogston who had just been booked, and then with 15 minutes remaining Forbes replaced Stainer.

With 10 minutes remaining Watt sent Horne down the left and from his low cross Garrett met the cross to expertly side foot into the Dyce net. But Dyce were not finished and put the pressure on the Saints defnece forcing Fuller to clear off his goal line with five minutes remaining.

Booth was the Dyce sinner for a third time when he was once again through with just McKenzie to beat but again he shot wide of the post when it seemed certain he would score.

Lawrence replaced Watt deep into injury time.

Dyce were unfortunate not to collect at least a point in this Superleague game, and the three points collected by Saints puts them on the same points as Dyce with two games in hand. Sainst stay in seventh position, but can climb another two places if they can win their next two league games.