NEWTON STEWART 4 HESTON ROVERS 3

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This match was always expected to be a close-run affair, and that’s exactly how it turned out to be in a seven goal thriller with the home side playing a young trialist in goal.

Newton went straight into attack right from the kick-off with Martyn Henry firing just over the crossbar from a Mickey Sutherland cross after five minutes of play.

Heston then went close but with ten minutes played it looked like Newton would take the lead. But a fierce header from striker Andrew McEwan in the tenth minute found the woodwork and was cleared. Two minutes later a Johnny Fisher effort found the side-netting as the home side piled on the pressure but the deadlock was broken in the fifteenth minute through Henry as he latched onto a Calum Dunn cross. Newton almost doubled their score two minutes later when Dunn found the crossbar from a corner kick. With twenty eight minutes played, Newton did find a second goal when some good work by Sutherland allowed Henry in again and two minutes later, youngster Lewis Dunn took on the visiting defence before finding his brother Calum who scored a third. Newton continued to dominate and four minutes before the break a Calum Dunn through ball found Fisher running in on goal to force a superb save from the Heston keeper. Just on the break a Jason Gallacher last ditch tackle kept the home goal intact but a minute after the re-start Gallacher turned a low cross into his own net as he attempted a clearance to give the visitors a life-line.

Three minutes later the young trialist keeper was tested and stood up to his initiation in South football when he pulled off a good stop to prevent Heston from recording a second. In the fifty third minute Heston did however manage to pull a goal back when Kearney scored with a low drive before a Sutherland shot came off the underside of the visitors’ crossbar to safety. The Creesiders’ pressure though paid off in the sixty ninth minute when a Graeme Blain cross found the head of Sutherland for goal number four. With ten minutes left in the game efforts from Calum Dunn and Robert Paisley came close for Newton and in the eighty eighth minute a Moore header gave Heston hope of a late rally. The home side, though, had other ideas and took the game to their visitors in the final minutes of the contest with Calum Dunn, McEwan and Paisley all testing the Heston keeper with good goal scoring efforts which saw Newton deservedly taking the three points from an exciting match.