Lawrence brace sees United clear

United can now look forward to their home third Round Junior Scottish Cup tie against St. Rochs on Saturday in the knowledge that they are eight points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of PMAC North Division 1 after accounting for a plucky Parkvale side at Findon on Saturday.

United created the first real chance on 12 minutes when Reid burst forward on the right and played in Bisset, but Parkvale ‘keeper Knox was quickly off his line and managed to block the ball away for a corner.

With the half drawing to a close, Parkvale took the initiative and forced some sustained pressure on the United defence, but Barbour showed good reflexes to block first Akene and then Middleton’s drives from distance.

United came out for the second-half in determined fashion and immediately got the breakthrough. A Bisset corner was cleared as far as Innes whose deft chip found Lawrence just inside the box and the diminutive striker wasted no time in slipping the ball under Knox.

The game had opened out considerably and play was raging from end to end with another goal inevitable and on 57 minutes Parkvale drew level. A throw in on the United left caught Hay napping and Mackie’s cross found Craig all alone 6-yards out and his header looped over the stranded Barbour.

On 66 minutes United regained the lead. A lightening quick break caught Parkvale out as Forbes’ ball out wide to Watt saw him burst past Willox on the right, and as he bore in on goal he unselfishly squared to Bisset who tapped into an empty net.

A United attack then broke down, but sub’ McLeman scooped up the loose ball and laid it back into the path of left back Hay. Without taking a touch Hay hit an absolute screamer from 30-yards into the top right corner to leave Knox grasping at thin air.

Unbelievably United allowed Parkvale back into the game on 87 minutes. Another throw on the United left was not defended properly and Middleton flicked the ball into Craig and he shrugged off Noble before lashing the ball under Barbour.

Parkvale again threw everything forward in an attempt to salvage something, however it was United who sealed the points with another rapier like attack. Reid knocked the ball over the Parkvale defence where Watt again showed Willox a clean pair of heels and in a carbon copy of Bisset’s goal, he squared this time for Lawrence who gleefully swept the ball into an open net to seal the points.

United have a big game at College Park on Saturday as they face Glasgow side St. Rochs.