St Laurence continued their fine cup form by reaching their second final of the season on Saturday.
The Saints travelled to Aberdeen to take on Dickie Trophy semi-final opponents they knew very little about. Dee Amateurs are a new team in the Third Division who had beaten several Second Division teams to get the semi-finals, including Bervie Caley in the quarter-final.
St Laurence started poorly, struggling to get up to the tempo of the game, and it was Dee Amateurs that looked more lively, with Hadden making several saves to keep them out.
St Laurence found themselves behind, when Dee Amateurs were awarded a penalty. A breakaway saw the Saints caught short at the back and Harley recklessly brought down the attacker and they scored from the resulting spot-kick.
This proved a wake-up call for the Saints and they started to get into the game and both McCombie and Myles forced saves from the Dee keeper.
The Saints levelled midway through the first half when a deep corner found Myles at the back post and he rose to nod home.
Saints continued to look lively, but they fell behind again following another clumsy challenge inside the box. Johnston caught the back of the Dee winger as he raced into the box and the referee blew for his second penalty of the game. Hadden got his fingertips to the kick, but failed to keep it out.
Saints started the second half on the back foot with Dee in control, but Dee managed to miss several great chances and Hadden pulled off several great saves, including tipping a fearsome shot onto the post.
Saints rode their luck for the majority of the second half, but it was Myles who nearly put them level. A breakaway found McCombie out wide and he crossed to Myles who showed great control on his chest to set up a volley which forced the Dee keeper into a great save.
Saints continued to press forward on the counter attack and Myles beat the last defender and sent an unstoppable shot goalwards, that the keeper could do nothing about to level the game for the Saints.
The Saints went on to win the game with 10 minutes left. Neither defender nor goalkeeper came to meet an inswinging cross from Myles and Blair McCombie rose to head powerfully back across goal and Ryan Arthur was there to nod over the line.
The Saints hung on for the remainder of the game to earn a place in their second final of the season.
The Saints will play Hazlehead United in the final. By coincidence they will also play Hazlehead in the final of the Barclay Cook Cup as well.
Hazlehead sit top of the Saints’ own division and the two finals will define the St Laurence season.
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