Saints add Haig Gordon Cup but Creetown narrowly lose final

St Cuthbert Wanderers added the Haig Gordon Cup to their list of silverware for the season when they beat Mid-Annandale 4-3 in a close tussle last Wednesday evening.

The Lockerbie side took the lead after only five minutes though when Andy Whyte found the net but Saints striker Roman Soltys levelled the match before the break to send the teams in at half time all square.

Saturday 28th May Potts cup final Dumfries Creetown v Lochat Thistle Creetown's No.8 Ben Herries gets his shot away from between two Lochar players

Saturday 28th May Potts cup final Dumfries Creetown v Lochat Thistle Creetown's No.8 Ben Herries gets his shot away from between two Lochar players

After the re-start Mids were reduced to ten men when Josh Anderson received a red card and was dismissed before Paul Gray put Saints ahead in the sixty second minute.

Luke Hammond then scored for Mids to put the teams on level terms once again but with seventy minutes played Steven Degnam restored Saints lead before an own goal from Mids Barry Morton put the Kirkcudbright side two goals to the good.

Ten man Mids fought hard to put themselves back into the contest and were rewarded in the final minute when Luke Hammond scored his second of the day but it was all too little and all too late with time running out and Saints held out to take the silverware from a seven goal thriller.

The final fixture to take place in the South of Scotland season 2015/16 took place last Saturday at Palmerston Park, Dumfries, when Creetown played Lochar Thistle in the final of the Potts Cup.

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Potts cup final Dumfries Creetown v Lochat Thistle
Lochar Thistle Fc winners of The Potts cup 2016

Saturday 28th May Potts cup final Dumfries Creetown v Lochat Thistle Lochar Thistle Fc winners of The Potts cup 2016

A young Creetown side had seen off league champions St Cuthbert Wanderers in this competition and beat Heston Rovers at the semi-final stage but they just failed at the last hurdle when they went down by two goals to nil in the final.

This final looked very evenly balanced and was just that for the first 45 minutes once the Creetown side settled into their stride and the teams went in for the break all square. However second half goals from Craig McCrone and substitute William Dempster saw Lochar lift their first silverware since joining the South league three seasons ago.

With the current season now over in South Football the silverware was won by four different Clubs with Queen of the South winning the South Challenge Cup, Edusoort Academy claiming a double by winning the League and Tweedie Cups and Lochar Thistle laying their hands on the Potts Cup. However the top team in the South this season has undoubtably been St Cuthbert Wanderers who comfortably won the South of Scotland League and added the Haig Gordon and Cree Lodge Cups to their collection to become the South overall champions.

At the South Annual General Meeting last week Clubs were informed of several Club changes for next season.

Edusport Academy have applied to join the Lowland League and will know if they have been accepted this week although it was decided that they would still be included in South Cup draws to allow the draws to go ahead.

Fleet Star requested that their membership be suspended for season 2016/17 as they could not find a Manager at this time and this was agreed, They will however still take part in the South Challenge Cup and hope to be operative again for season 2017/18.

Meanwhile Crichton will fail to be part of South Football but have changed their name to Lochmaben and will play their matches at New King Edward Park, Lockerbie where they will groundshare with Mid-Annandale.