Potts Cup victory for Creesiders

Newton Stewart won their second trophy of the season on Monday night with a 4-0 victory over Mids in the Potts Cup.

Queen of the South secured the prestigious South Challenge cup on Friday night as they overcame Wigtown in a close final.

The season’s most prestigious trophy, the South Challenge Cup, saw the final being played at Blairmount Park last Friday evening when a good crowd witnessed a very close contest between Queen of the South and Wigtown and Bladnoch.

Queens played their under-20 side who produced some very good football, but, following an evenly balanced first half that ended goalless, Wigtown Jamie McHarrie broke the deadlock after 54 minutes. Two minutes later Queens’ Dean Smith levelled the match with Robert Jamieson restoring Wigtown’s lead in the 68th minute. The Trammondford Park outfits joy was short lived however when a low shot from Aiden Smith produced an equaliser.

Four minutes later the same player scored his second and his side’s third for a goal that proved to be the winner and to send this season’s Challenge Cup trophy to Palmerston Park.

On Monday evening in front of a large crowd, the Potts Cup Final was played at St Mary’s Park, Kirkcudbright, between Mid-Annandale and Newton Stewart, with the Creesiders eventually running out 4-0 winners following a goalless first 45 minutes.

Newton sealed victory in a ten minute spell when they scored all their goals following some good chances at both ends. They very much dominated the last quarter of the match and went ahead in the 70th minute through Johnny Fisher and within four minutes went two ahead when top goalscorer Robert Middlleton scored the goal of the match with a 20-yard strike.

A minute later the goal-scorer became provider when he set up substitute Alan McKie with a low cross ball which ended up at the back post with McKie out-running his marker to lash the ball into the net for goal number three. In the 80th minute Fisher was again on the mark when the midfielder scored through a ruck of players to put Newton in easy street and on their way to their second piece of silverware after what has been a very successful season for the Creesiders.

It has also been very successful for Newton striker Robert MIddeton who ended up top goalscorer with a great total of 45 goals for the season.

A Cree Lodge semi-final was played on Saturday, May 23, which saw Edusport Academy take their place in the final against either Wigtown and Bladnoch or Mid-Annandale after beating Abbey Vale 5-2. Vale though went two goals ahead with Ben Irving finding the net after 14 minutes and Jordan Brown adding a second on the half hour mark. However, Edu fought back before the break with Yannick scoring twice in the 33rd and 39th minutes to send the teams in at the break all square at 2-2.

Yannick completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute with Diallo and Lacoste scoring one each to end the scoring and to put Edu into the final of this particular competition.

Abbey Vale won the Tweedie Cup for the second time, they previously won it in season 2005/06, when they beat Edusport Academy at Sanquhar by scoring the only goal of the match. Ricky Baxter found the all-important goal two minutes from the end of the match when he lobbed the advancing Edu keeper to secure the silverware for his side although Vale keeper Darren Holt had come to the rescue of his team on several occasions throughout the match.

Results

Wenesday 20th May

Tweedie Cup Final

Abbey Vale 1 Edusport Academy 0

Friday 22nd May

South Challenge Cup Final

Queen of the South 3 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2

Saturday 23rd May

Cree Lodge Cup – Semi Final

Edusport Academy 5 Abbey Vale 2

Monday 25th May

Potts Cup Final

Mid-Annandale 0 Newton Stewart 4