Cup joy for Creesiders

Newton Stewart are through to another cup semi-final after beating Fleet Star 4-2 at Blairmount Park on Monday evening.

The young Star side started well and took the lead against their more fancied opponents after 10 minutes when Alisdair Mason scored in a goalmouth scramble following a corner on the right.

It only took the home side two minutes to level the match when Micky Sutherland headed an equaliser. In the 14th minute Star were awarded a penalty when a Newton defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Josh Maxwell made no mistake from the spot for his team to regain the lead.

Five minutes later the match was all square once again when striker Liam Muir and midfielder Graeme Blain combined well for the latter to fire home into an empty net past a stranded keeper.

With 29 minutes played, the home side took the lead for the first time when Muir again led his line well and this time laid the ball off for Calum Dunn to tap into the net.

Three minutes after the break, Muir scored the fourth goal and, although Star played well, they had very few goal scoring chances and had their keeper Kieron Murray to thank for keeping them in the game right up to the final whistle.

Dalbeattie Star are now within four points of retaining their league title following a 4-0 victory over Creetown at Iselcroft. Two first-half goals from Gary Kerr and Scott Milligan were followed by a second half goal from Stuart McPherson and a penalty from Lewis Sloan.

Heston Rovers were beating St Cuthbert Wanderers by a single goal until they collapsed near the end of the match and lost 2-1.

A great game at St Mary’s, with two very evenly matched sides.

Heston had the better chances in the first have with Sean Kevan and Steve Walker going close. Craig Rudd had one shot from 12 yards that went wide. On 47 minutes, tremendous wing play from Kevan saw him cut back to Jonathan Boyd, who slipped the ball past Hutchison from eight yards.

Saints piled on the pressure but Heston held well. Heston’s Walker was sent off for throwing the ball at Ian Millar on 70 minutes.

A free kick on 87 minutes from Ian Millar found the top corner. In injury time a 20-yard shot from Alaistar Barnes gave Saints the victory.

In the Potts Cup semi-final, Threave Rovers led after James Baty had put them ahead in the first half but in the 92nd minute a defensive mistake allowed Scott Forrester to score to send the match into extra time. Wigtown came good, though, and Richard Jones and Robert Jamieson set up an all Wigtownshire final on May 15 when Newton Stewart will be their opponents.

Results from Monday, April 29

South of Scotland League

Dalbeattie Star 4 Creetown 0

St Cuthbert Wanderers 2 Heston Rovers 1

Potts Cup semi-final

Threave Rovers 1 Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 (1-3 after extra time)

Cree Lodge Cup second round

Newton Stewart 4 Fleet Star 2