The Scottish Cup fourth round came to Davidsons Mains Park for the first time but it was the away team who came out on top on a cold Sunday afternoon. A fine display of passing from St Peters secured the win and cemented their place in the draw for the next round.
The match kicked off right on time and straight away St Peters settled into a steady passing rhythm which was to remain for most of the game. They fashioned the first real chance of the afternoon when a good through ball saw the initial shot hit the bar before the follow up was blocked at the expense of a corner.
St Peters began to really assert their passing game and as a result created several good chances. Firstly Jay Little saw his shot from a cutback well saved by Sam Phillip in the Cramond goal before Little became provider for Matthew McLean to fire a shot goalwards with a similar outcome.
It was one-way traffic at this stage as St Peters pushed for the opening goal. Fraser Burns came the closest when he was played in behind the Cramond defence by Cameron Hambleton, only to see his fierce shot come crashing off the inside of the post and cleared to safety.
Cramond responded with some good play in the midfield but the final ball was too far in front of Mark MacKay. There were signs though that the ball over the top of the St Peters defence could be the key to the breakthrough for the home side but good covering defence blocked any shots which could otherwise have tested Ryan McLaren in the St Peters goal.
You could feel that the game was opening up a bit and that a goal wasn't too far away. Sure enough it was delivered by St Peters. Haydn Stewart whipped a good ball into the box which fell perfectly for Burns to turn a low shot into the bottom corner. A well worked goal which lifted the confidence of the visitors.
Having made the breakthrough St Peters continued to press and doubled their lead within minutes. Some good, quick passing released Matthew McLean down the wing before the fullback cut into the box and unleashed a low powerful shot across the keeper into the far bottom corner. St Peters fully deserving of their incisive two goal lead.
Cramond did well to steady the ship after the two quick goals and they built a chance of their own. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the St Peters box. MacKay stepped up to curl the ball over the wall towards the bottom corner but McLaren managed to get across to save it.
That proved to be the last action of the first half in which the visitors had controlled the majority of. Cramond did well to come back towards the end of the half but the two goals looked to have St Peters in a commanding position.