The Hi Hi’s lost ground in the Conference A promotion race when they lost out to a hard working St Andrews United side at Millfield last Saturday. The Fifers hadn’t won in Haddington since they won at Brewery Park in 1962 but the home side will be kicking themselves at the way they lost this one.
Only three points separated the sides at the start of the game. St Andrews maybe edged the first half but Haddington skipper Cunningham headed against the bar and Moffat was unlucky with an effort that hit the side net. St Andrews for all their possession hadn’t troubled Cornet but they took the lead when he was beaten by a well placed volley on the half hour mark. An almighty scramble in the visitors six yard box on the stroke of half time should have led to a home equaliser but the visitors goal survived.
It was mainly one way traffic in the second half as the Hi Hi’s went all out for the equaliser. The introduction of Michael Johnston and Keiran Jack added more impetus to the home attack and it was Johnston who equalised in the 72nd minute with a well placed header. It looked as though there was only going to be one winner but within minutes a misunderstanding in the home defence saw the visitors benefit from a wayward throw in and take full advantage by scoring in one of their rare second half attacks. The Hi Hi’s picked themselves up and laid siege to the St Andrews goal. They created several good openings but they were let down by poor finishing.
The match attracted a very good crowd at Millfield and the first team were delighted to have the support of several of the youth section coaches and their younger players.