Goal rush for the South’s 49ers

Saturday 12th January'Newton Stewart v Mid Annandale'Newton in black & white'Newton's No10 Liam Muir wins this one from Mids No2 Michael Henderson
Saturday 12th January'Newton Stewart v Mid Annandale'Newton in black & white'Newton's No10 Liam Muir wins this one from Mids No2 Michael Henderson

There were a total of 49 goals scored last Saturday in South football, with 11 of them coming in a penalty shoot-out at Hospital Park where Crichton won against St Cuthbert Wanderers in the first round of the Potts Cup.

The 90 minutes ended 3-3 but it took a sudden-death penalty shoot-out before the home side could progress.

Two goals from Crichton striker Roman Soltys and a single from Saints striker Craig Rudd gave the home side a slender one-goal advantage at the break. Soltys completed his hat-trick in the second half but another strike from Rudd and a goal from Alex Walker forced the shoot-out.

At four penalties each, the match was decided in a sudden death shoot-out with Crichton clinching a place in the second round of this particular competition by scoring six to the visitors’ five.

Newton Stewart also made it through to round two with a convincing 5-0 victory at Blairmount over Mid-Annandale, who had defeated the Creesiders 2-0 at Galabank last time out.

The previous Saturday Newton Stewart had many chances but a combination of poor finishing and superb goal-keeping saw them leave Annan without scoring but this time around it was a much better outcome for the Wigtownshire team.

Nithsdale Wanderers were on the wrong side of an 8-0 result against Dalbeattie Star at Sanquhar, with four goals coming in each half. Prolific scorer Scott Milligan bagged four with Grant Parker, Lewis Sloan and Gary Kerr adding singles with an own goal from Nithsdale defender Martin Bell making it eight.

In the second round of the same competition, Fleet Star went down 10-0 against Threave Rovers, with Jamie Struthers scoring in the 24th and 34th minutes. Scott Wilby scored with a header in the 38th minute and added number four from the penalty spot five minutes before the break.

The home side contained their visitors for 25 minutes following the restart but with 20 minutes left to play the floodgates opened. Struthers completed his hat-trick before Ross Murray scored the sixth goal in the 76th minute. Two minutes later Sam Warren put Threave in seventh heaven and in the 84th minute Murray found goal number eight. Two minutes later Warren scored his second and his side’s ninth, with Struthers putting the result into double figures with a minute left to play.

In the second round of the Haig Gordon Cup, Wigtown and Bladnoch left it late to see off Heston Rovers at Maryfield with two goals in the final five minutes of the match. With a penalty shoot-out looming, Richard Jones scored from the edge of the 18-yard box and the Trammondford side made sure of progress in the last minute of the contest when Robert Jamieson sealed victory with the last kick of the match. Wigtown will now host Newton Stewart in the semi-final of this particular competition.

There was one South of Scotland League match played, with Abbey Vale beating Creetown with the odd goal in seven at New Abbey. Clark Chambers opened the scoring for Vale in 15 minutes, with Craig Henry equalising for the visitors on the half-hour mark to send the two teams in at the break all square. Lewis Walker restored Vale’s lead two minutes after the restart, with Lee Malin adding a third in the 61st minute. When Jordan Brown added a fourth 10 minutes from time, the match looked all over but two goals in the 81st and 86th minutes from Russell McQuaker gave the home side a fright as they fought to hold onto the three points against a 10-man Creetown, who had Andrew Houston red-carded 10 minutes into the second half.

Results from Saturday, January 12

South of Scotland League

Abbey Vale 4 Creetown 3

Potts Cup – Round One

Crichton 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 3- Crichton won 6-5 on penalties

Newton Stewart 5 Mid-Annandale 0

Nithsdale Wanderers 0 Dalbeattie Star 8

Potts Cup – Round Two

Fleet Star 0 Threave Rovers 10

Haig Gordon Cup – Round Two

Heston Rovers 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2