Hat-tricks at the double

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Abbey Vale and Threave Rovers are both through to the semi-final stages of this season’s Tweedie Cup after seeing off the challenge of Creetown and Crichton respectively.

Threave Rovers and Crichton produced a seven-goal thriller in their contest at Meadow Park in a close-run match with the winner coming only five minutes from time with two players recording hat-tricks.

Jamie Struthers scored three goals for the home side while Roman Soltys also equalled the feat for Crichton. Struthers put the home side ahead after 10 minutes but within four minutes the visitors were level through Soltys. Struthers struck again with 27 minutes on the clock and 10 minutes later Soltys levelled the match once more. Sean Millgan scored on the half-time whistle to give the home side a slender lead at the break but with 13 minutes left to play Soltys completed his hat-trick as the game went all square again. Five minutes from time, though, Struthers scored his third of the day for the goal that proved to be the winner and take Threave through to the semi-finals.

Vale took the lead in their match at New Abbey in the 25th minute when Islam Kadyrov scored his first of a double, with his second coming on the half-hour. Two minutes before the break, Lee Malin gave the home side a three-goal advantage at the interval when he was first to react to a rebound from a stop by keeper Darren Hope to fire the ball into the net.

Creetown scored what turned out to be a consolation goal 11 minutes after the restart when Robert Middleton scored and, in the 65th minute, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Adams was red-carded. The Creetown team, though, fought on and it took four minutes from time before the home side increased their lead when Stewart Cameron found the net. Creetown’s Chris Mellon saw red on the 90-minute mark to see the visitors finish the match with nine men.

In the first round of the same competition, Dalbeattie Star saw off Heston Rovers 3-1 but not without being pushed all the way.

Paul Cook scored for the home side after eight minutes and doubled the score just after the half-hour mark.

Scott Milligan put Star three ahead four minutes before the break but in the second half the visitors piled on the pressure to try to save the tie. In the 58th minute Heston had this chance when they were awarded a penalty but Russell Jardine’s effort was saved by Star keeper Graeme Wright.

Four minutes later, substitute Rowan McGill gave Heston a lifeline but the visitors could not produce any more goals and Star ran out winners 3-1.