SAINTS 3 Deveronside 2
Three wins on the trot that pushes us up the league into 6th position, all be it with a few more games played than those around us. However, despite opening the game well and having chances to take the lead it was Deveronside who went into a 2-0 half time lead.
Right from the start we were on the front foot and Devin Colbert should have scored after 3 minutes but with just the keeper to beat he seemed to hesitate and his low shot came off the keeper's legs for a corner. Four minutes later, after sustained pressure Greg Mackie found Colbert with a neat flick but once again the Deveronside keeper denied the striker with a fine save.
There was a penalty claim by the Saints players on 12 minutes when Sam Smith seemed to be pushed but the referee waved play on. In contrast, at the other end the referee awarded a penalty to Deveronside without any of the visitors claiming for one, and they duly accepted the chance and took the lead.
This gave the Banff outfit a bit of belief and they increased their lead on 25 minutes from a low corner that was stabbed into the net inside the 6 yard box. Lyndain O'Brien in Saints goal made an important save a minute later to keep it at 2-0.
Saints obviously wanted to prove something at the start of the second half and took the game to their opponents right from the start. On 60 minutes Craig Simpson lined up a free kick wide on the right and despite a wall being well palce he fired a bullet of a shot into the top left hand corner of the Deveronside net to reduce the lead to 2-1. A minute later it was 2-2. Kieran Davidson's fanatstic pass found Simpson who squared for Devin Colbert to side foot home.
And it should have been 3-2 Saints on 65 minutes but Sam Smith, with more or less an open goal could only direct a weak shot straight at a defender with the subsequent rebound being blasted wide by Simpson. It was all Saints now as they drove forward looking for the winner.
With 10 minutes remaining Jamie Buglass replaced the injured Simpson and it was the substitute that got the all important winner a minute into injury time when he was released after a Deveronside attack, drove into the box to shoot low into the far corner of the net.
There was a big let off however, when a needless attempt to keep the ball in play was intercepted by Deveronside, but thankfully the cross into the six yard box was just missed by the visiting centre forward.