The Saints travelled up to Keith Park on Wednesday night to take on Hazelhead in the Dickie Trophy Final, Having been beaten by Hazelhead the week before in the Barclay Cook cup final.
The Saints with R Arthur and J Borland missing with injury and work commitments fielded a young strong team but got off the worse possible start when Hazelhead came out the blocks fast and the Saints were struggling to cope with the movement of their attack and fell behind to an unstopped volley from the Hazelhead number 9 on 15 minutes.
The Saints were still reeling from the first goal when the number 9 fired in a carbon copy of his first goal to put Hazelhead firmly in the driving seat.
St Laurence then reshuffled there formation with Matt Crabb and Cal Criggie getting more of the ball on the wings and the game started to swing in the Saints favour and on 30mins the hard work of Cal Criggie was rewarded when he fired a low cross in and Blair McCombie was on hand to finish from close range.
The Saints were the Stronger team at this point with Neil Arthur and Kevin Bruce winning everything in the middle of the park and that created the equalizing goal . A good move involving Paul Cameron and Joe Myles was superbly finished by the razor sharp B McCombie to bring the game level.
The Saints then shot there self in the foot in the last 10mins of the half when some poor defending from set pieces let Hazelhead regain their two goal lead and It could have got worse for the Saints if not for some great saves from Gavin Hadden.
After some stern words at half time the Saints came out and really took the game to Hazelhead with Cal Criggie causing all sorts of problems for the Hazelhead defence and it was C Criggie who was played in with a great ball by Neil Reid forced a great save from the Hazelhead keeper and that save was followed up by saves from B McCombie and J Myles .
The Saints finally got the breakthrough when good strong wing play from M Crabb feed B McCombie who turned his man to fire in his hat- trick and bring the Saints back into the game.
The Saints pushed Hazelhead back and created chance after chance but a mixture of good defending and goalkeeping kept the score 4-3 and with the Saint pushing forward they were undone by a late goal from Hazelhead to secure the game.
The Saints can take great pride in their performances in the two finals and this disappointment will only fuel the fire for success in the future.
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