This Haig Gordon Cup first round tie eventually went ahead following several call-offs because of the pitch being unplayable and it was the visitors who managed to settle the quicker.
But when Newton Stewart found their feet, there was only ever going to be one winner – and they thrumped their local rivals 6-1.
In front of a very good crowd of supporters from both clubs, Newton’s Stevie Ross drew a good save out of Creetown keeper Martyn Roddie after seven minutes of play but, eight minutes later, it was the visitors who opened the scoring when a defensive mix-up allowed Jamie Muirhead to fire the ball hard and low past Newton keeper Harry Fidler.
With 19 minutes on the clock, the match was level when a Stephen Beggs corner found Newton’s Jason Gallacher and Creetown’s Andrew Houston vying for a header which was glanced into the net.
A minute later Stewart Taylor found the net but the referee adjudged that he had fouled the keeper before firing home.
In the 23rd minute, the home side thought that they had gone ahead but a last-ditch goal-line clearance by Muirhead from a Taylor shot saved the day for Creetown. The visitors then went to the other end of the pitch and keeper Fidler had to be alert to save at the feet of Gavin Williamson.
Newton took the lead, however, in the 28th minute when Beggs challenged keeper Roddie who was attempting to clear a passback with his feet and the ball fell to Ross who picked his spot in the empty net.
Stuart Ashton then drew out another good stop from Fidler but although the home side were on top, and the teams went in at the break with Newton holding a slender advantage.
It only took three minutes after the restart for Newton to increase their advantage when Ross found space on the right to pick out Beggs at the far post and he knocked the ball past Roddie from eight yards.
A freakish goal saw the home side going further ahead in the 55fth minute when a Fraser Henderson lobbed passback deceived the keeper, bounced over his head and trickled slowly over the goal line.
On the hour mark Creetown almost drew a goal back but Chris Mellon’s strike was just off target with keeper Fidler stranded. Four minutes later, with Newton dominating proceedings, skipper Johnny Fisher saw his fierce shot come back of the upright and although the ball eventually ended up in the net through Ross, he was ruled offside.
Substitute Jamie Clarke then set up Taylor but his headed effort went just over the crossbar and then a Beggs free kick beat everybody but was off target as Newton pressed for a fifth goal. It almost came in the 71st minute following good work by Dean Fyfe but his effort came off the crossbar and the danger was cleared.
Fyfe, though, was determined to score and, seven minutes later, he did just that with a superb strike from 20 yards that flew past a stranded keeper. The game was in its last minute before the goal of the match came along when Taylor picked out Fisher running into the 18-yard box and, from 10 yards, he struck a strong diving header past Roddie to complete the scoring.
This was a good all round performance from Newton Stewart, with Dean Fyfe being picked as man of the match. Although the home side never looked in any danger of losing the match Creetown did not allow their heads to go down and with a bit of luck the scoreline could have been closer.
NEWTON STEWART 6 CREETOWN 1
John McNaught reporting from Blairmount Park