Ex-Scottish player joins Newton Stewart for match against Crichton

Blairmount Park had a celebrity visitor last Saturday when ex-Scottish Internationalist Kevin Kyle turned out for Newton Stewart for their match against Crichton. The striker who originates from Stranraer has had spells with Hearts and Rangers following a successful career in England and in this match showed that he has not lost his striking ability by scoring a hat-trick and having a hand in the fourth. This match saw the Creesiders go three games without losing a goal and scoring eight which puts them into top spot in the South of Scotland League table for present.

The contest was very even with both sides having chances but with the respective defences holding firm. The first real chance on goal though fell to Newton striker Liam Muir but when through one on one with Crichton keeper Cathro he failed to find the target and a good chance to open the scoring was lost. Kevin Kyle then had a good long range strike which looked net bound but came off a defender before the same players front post back header fell to Jason Galacher at the back post but with the goal gaping he managed to put the ball over the crossbar from close in. Five minutes from the break however the home side did take the lead when Kyle headed solidly home from a corner kick on the left to give Newton a deserved advantage going into the interval.

There were chances for the visitors at the start of the second half as they fought hard to find an equaliser but the Newton defence were resilient with keeper Harry Fidler in top form. With sixty seven minutes on the clock the home side doubled their lead when Kyle struck again and although the Crichton keeper got a hand to the strikers shot from fifteen yards he could not prevent the ball from ending up in the back of the net. Fifteen minutes from time Kyle completed his hat-trick when Liam Duffy found space down the right wing to send a low cross across goal to find the striker at the back post who side-footed fiercely into the net. Almost on the final whistle Newton found goal number four with Kyle involved again when he slid in to fire a ball against the keeper with Liam Muir being the first to re-act to send the ball beyond the keeper to give the Creesiders a comfortable victory and another clean sheet.