Lochar book place in final

Michael Donnelly buries the ball in the corner to put Wigtown ahead in the 30th minute. SGGY 091213 3
Michael Donnelly buries the ball in the corner to put Wigtown ahead in the 30th minute. SGGY 091213 3

Lochar Thistle in their first season in South football will lock horns with Wigtown and Bladnoch in the final of the League Cup.

In a Dumfries derby, the newcomers saw off Heston Rovers 3-1, having opened the scoring after 18 minutes through Mike McGauchie from the penalty spot after Ian Anderson had been brought down.

Four minutes from the interval, Jonathan Boyd levelled the match when he finished at the back post to send the teams in at the break all square.

With 15 minutes left, Ian Anderson put the home side back in front with a shot from 18 yards out and a minute later sealed Lochar’s place in the final with the goal of the match from 22 yards out.

A sporting Heston manager Raymond Boyd praised the victors after the match and said: “Fair play to Lochar today, they had their game plan and kept to it. The two goals from Ian Anderson were well taken and unstoppable. We wish Lochar all the best in the final.”

The other semi-final played at St Mary’s Park, Kirkcudbright, saw Wigtown and Bladnoch book their place in the final following a penalty shoot-out. The game was deadlocked at 1-1 even after half an hour of extra time and in the penalty shoot-out the visitors won the tie 3-1.

There were three South of Scotland League matches played, with Nithsdale Wanderers defeating Fleet Star 5-1 to go to the top of the table ahead of Wigtown and Saints, with prolific striker Roman Soltys scoring four.

Crichton beat Creetown 3-1 after going in at the break losing 1-0 through a goal scored by Little. Three second half goals, however, ensured that the home side took the three points.

There was a seven-goal thriller at Blairmount Park where Newton Stewart beat Mid-Annandale 4-3 to keep their winning run going. This was a very competitive match and the visitors found themselves ahead after 14 minutes through Bryce Wilson. Six minutes before the break, they doubled their lead when Sean Dunbar found the net following a goalmouth scramble.

The home side, though, continued to fight their corner and in the 44th minute a Ryan McKie corner was headed home by striker Jason Gallacher for what was to be the first of a hat-trick. Ten minutes after the break a Dean Thomson cross was again met by the head of Gallacher to level the match. In the 74th minute Gallacher headed his third to put Newton Stewart in front for the first time in the match.

With eight minutes left to play Mids substitute Grant Schoolar squared the match once again with a good strike from the edge of the 18-yard box. With a share of the points looking likely as the match moved three minutes into time added on, Newton substitute Alex Walker went on a solo run down the left side and flashed the ball across keeper Ross Wilson and into the net for the winner.

South of Scotland League

Crichton 3 Creetown 1

Newton Stewart 4 Mid-Annandale 3

Nithsdale Wanderers 5 Fleet Star 1

League Cup semi-finals

Lochar Thistle 3 Heston Rovers 1

St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 (Wigtown won 3-1 on penalties)