Five-star United on song in the South

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In-form United chalked up their fourth win in succession, as well as booking a place in the third round of the South of Scotland Cup, through a five-goal, five-star show.

Lanarkshire outfit Law Parish Church were first to look like scoring when Alan Muir fired a Craig Strachan pass wide in the opening minutes.

After Daniel Bolton had came close to breaking the deadlock at the other end, the woodwork robbed the visitors of an opener, John McCafferty hitting the bar with a fierce angled drive.

In the 19th minute, however, Law Parish Church did find the net, courtesy of a blunder by home keeper Dean Fry. The United number one completely mis-hit a clearance when attempting to boot away a throw-in from team mate Ross Wallace and the ball rolled to the feet of Muir. It was a gifted opportunity sent straight from the heavens for the Church man – and Muir accepted it by shooting home.

Within minutes of his error, Fry emerged United’s saviour with a superb stop, pushing away a Scott McIntyre shot that appeared destined for the net.

Just past the half-hour mark, United drew level. A Scott Storrie corner kick was fisted away by Parish Law keeper Michael Binnie. The ball broke to the feet of Kevin Strathdee and the United striker rattled a shot into the net.

Two minutes later, United went ahead when Bolton polished off a solo run by placing a shot out of the reach of Binnie.

Early in the second half, United’s Robbie Kelly was unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet. Following a weaving run in which he jinked his way out of a few challenges, Kelly beat Binnie all the way with an angled shot that hit the post.

With 70 minutes gone, Scott Storrie put the homesters further in front by sticking away a Luke Shanley cut-back.

United followed this up with another strike in a matter of minutes, Storrie again doing the necessary when firing home after Binnie had parried a Kevin Strathdee shot.

United were now in full charge and on being set up by Bolton, Kevin Strathdee netted a fifth.

United’s two-goal ace Scott Storrie told The Southern: “We didn’t know what to expect from Law Parish Church as they were completely unknown to us.

“They turned out to be a good side and it was a bit of a worry when we went a goal behind. After this, however, we came into the game and played very well.

“I was very pleased to score two goals. They were both tap-ins, though, as they were both set up for me.”