The South of Scotland interest in this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup ended on Saturday when both Dalbeattie Star and St Cuthbert Wanderers went crashing out of the national competition.
However, by all accounts both sides did not let themselves or South football down in their respective contests against Scottish Football League opposition.
In domestic football there were plenty of goals to keep the supporters happy with 21 being scored in the four league matches played and another three in the Haig Gordon Cup first round tie when Wigtown and Bladnoch beat Mid-Annandale 3-0.
There were seven goals scored at New Abbey, where Nithsdale Wanderers won the match against Abbey Vale 4-3. Davy Thomson put the visitors ahead after 25 minutes from the penalty spot, with Finlay Thomson levelling the match before the break. A minute after the restart, Clark Chambers put the home side ahead but the Sanquhar side fought back to square the match again in the 67th minute through Calum Kirkpatrick. A Fraser Brolls own goal, when he turned the ball the Vale keeper, gave Nithsdale the lead once again, only to see an effort from Fraser Maxwell levelling for the third time. The visitors, though, were not to be denied the three points and, in the final minute of the match, Davy Thomson rounded the Vale keeper to seal the match with his second and Nithsdale’s fourth goal.
Fleet Star’s struggle continued when their young team played a similarly young Creetown side at Garries Park with the visitors running out winners by 5-0. Chris Mellon opened the scoring with a superb overhead kick into the top corner of the net in the 37th minute to give the visitors a slender half-time lead. Twenty minutes after the restart, Stevie Campbell scored goal number two following a goalmouth scramble with Robert Middleton scoring his first of a hat-trick two minutes later. In the 78th minute Middleton lobbed the home keeper for his second and his side’s fourth and, in the final minute of the match, Creetown went nap as Middleton completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Threave Rovers also scored five goals against Crichton at Meadow Park, under the new management of Vinnie Parker, with Jamie Swan opening the scoring in the 18th minute. Scott Wilby doubled the scoreline from the penalty spot on the half-time whistle, and the same player added number three in the 48th minute. A Jamie Struthers double in the 71st and 79th minutes completed the scoring.
At Maryfield, Heston Rovers beat Newton Stewart 4-0, although the scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the match. A defensive mistake six minutes into the game gave the home side the lead through Grant Learmont and, in the 26th minute, Heston went two ahead when Sean Kearney found the net from an acute angle. Three minutes from time, a superb header from Sean Kevin made it three and two minutes later it was four when Newton keeper Harry Fidler misjudged a pass back with the ball ending up in the net.
Results from Saturday, September 29
William Hill Scottish Cup, second round
Dalbeattie Star 0 Stirling Albion 5
Elgin City 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1
Haig Gordon Cup, first round
Wigtown and Bladnoch 3 Mid-Annandale 0
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale 3 Nithsdale Wanderers 4
Fleet Star 0 Creetown 5
Heston Rovers 4 Newton Stewart 0
Threave Rovers 5 Crichton 0