Creetown 0, St Cuthbert Wanderers 2
John McNaught at Castle Cary Park
These teams met for the second weekend in succession at Castle Cary Park with St Cuthbert Wanderers having won a cup tie the previous Saturday 4-0 following a goal-less first half, so the Kirkcudbright side started this South of Scotland League match as strong favourites.
Although Saints eventually did record a victory after dominating proceedings for most of the game they failed to show much composure, particularly in front of goal, and had to be content with only two goals to show for their afternoon’s work.
The early part of the game was played mainly in the Creetown half of the park but when the visitors thought they had taken the lead after eighteen minutes play after Roddy Cooksley put the ball in the net following an Ian Millar corner the referee chalked it off for an infringement. Four minutes later a Cooksley header from a Millar free kick pulled out a superb stop from keeper Martyn Roddie but when he failed to hold the ball it fell into the path of striker Andrew Donley who had an easy tap in at the far post to break the deadlock.
Saints continued to dominate but failed poorly in the last third of the field with a succession of shots from different players missing the target or finding no way past keeper Roddie. The match was played on a heavy pitch but the visitors never looked in any danger of losing the contest and had a great opportunity to double their scoreline right on the half time whistle. Donely found himself in the same position as he had for the first goal but a great recovery by keeper Roddie managed to save the day as he threw his body in front of the tap in to avert the danger to send the teams in at the break divided by a solitary goal.
The second half continued much the same as the first with Saints pressing forward but failing to take their many chances which fell their way and in the sixty second minute the home side had one of their rare chances on goal but an Andrew Houston effort from twenty yards was just wide of target. Three minutes later Creetown striker Chris Mellon then had an attempt on goal from the edge of the eighteen yard box but again the ball went wide. In the sixty seventh minute Saints substitute Ryan McKie almost found a second goal but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by Houston as play began to open up at both ends. Six minutes later McKie did have the ball in the net but a goal was ruled out for an prior infringement on keeper Roddie as he attempted to take the ball from the inrushing Donely. With seventy six minutes played Roddie pulled off a terrific double save from Cooksley the first from a netbound header and the second from a close in shot from the rebound. Millar and John Kiltie then combined to produce one of the best moves of the match but again their efforts on goal were thwarted by the home keeper at the expense of a corner. When Millars corner kick arrived in the six yard box Cooksley rose with the keeper but his attempt to punch the ball clear was poor and it struck Cooksleys back and rebounded into the net for Saints second goal. There were no more goals in the match but right on the final whistle BJ Adams produced Creetowns first real strike on goal but but keeper Sean Hutchison who had very little to do throughout the match was equal to the attempt to keep his goal intact.
An under-strength Creetown did well to keep Saints at bay for most of the game and were unfortunate to lose the second goal but overall the Kirkcudbright side were too strong and experienced for the home side and were well worthy of their victory and the three points.