Results from Wednesday, 16th March.
South of Scotland League
Threave Rovers 3 Newton Stewart 2
Haig Gordon Cup - Round Two
St Cuthbert Wanderers 1 Queen of the South
Threave extended their lead at the top of the league table but not before a fright from a much improved Newton Stewart side. The visitors went ahead after six minutes when a Hill free kick was fumbled by keeper Parker and Gary Smith was on hand at the back post to bundle the ball over the line. James Fimgland equalised on the fifteen minute mark following a corner kick and, despite some excellent goalkeeping from Dale Leith, Paul Cook claimed the final touch from yet another corner as Threave piled on the pressure.
Two minutes from the break a great overhead kick from Andrew McEwan was only inches over the crossbar so the home side took a narrow one goal lead into the half time interval. On the hour mark McEwan scored with a back post header from a Blain free kick but thirteen minutes later Threave sealed victory when James Baty scored from the penalty spot.
The visitors were left with ten men with seven minutes left to play when ‘keeper Leith was sent off for allegedly fouling Cook at the edge of the box as he ran through unchallenged by the Newton defence.
So near yet so far again for the Creesiders although had it not been for the heroics of ‘keeper Leith then the winning margin could have been bigger.
Queen of the South U19s team ran out comfortable winners in their Haig Gordon second round tie against St Cuthbert Wanderers at St Mary’s Park by five goals to one despite being held to a one all draw at the break. The first chance to open the scoring fell to Queen’s in the eleventh minute but Dean Thomson’s spot kick was saved by the Saint’s keeper. Smillie gave the young Palmerston side the lead after twenty-seven minutes with Craig Rudd levelling the match five minutes before the break with an excellent top corner strike. Smillie added Queen’s second three minutes after the restart and in the sixty-third minute Degnam ensured victory with Queen’s third. Nine minutes before the end, O’Hare found the net from a free kick and Queen’s went nap four minutes later through central defender Steven Black.