South Scene by John McNaught.
Results from Saturday 20th April.
Challenge Cup – Round Two
Heston Rovers 4 Crichton 3 after extra time
Nithsdale Wanderers 1 Threave Rovers 0
Stranraer 4 Queen of the South 2
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale 2 Wigtown and Bladnoch 3
Creetown 2 Mid-Annandale 3
Fleet Star 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 5
Result from Sunday 21st April, 2013
SFA Regional Cup (South)- Final
Dalbeattie Star 1 Whitehill Welfare 3
There were three South Challenge Cup Round two matches played last Saturday along with three South of Scotland League matches.
The two senior Clubs, Stranraer and Queen of the South locked horns at Stair Park and home advantage helped the Stranraer youngsters to overcome the Palmerston side by four goals to two. Heston Rovers played hosts to Dumfries neighbours Crichton at Maryfield for a contest the home side were favourites to progress from but, it took half an hour of extra time for them to do so.
Fraser Magee put Heston ahead after 27 minutes from six yards after a Steve Walker header had been saved by keeper McColm. Seven minutes later Paul Gray doubled the score with a shot from 20 yards and Crichton were reduced to 10 men when striker Roman Soltys was red carded for an off the ball incident. Five minutes after the half time interval, Crichton pulled a goal back when Steve Anderson scored from the penalty spot before Russell Thomson leveled the match nine minutes later with a shot from 12 yards which sent the match into extra time. In the third minute Gary Tweedie restored Heston’s lead with Thomson again finding the net on the stroke of the half time break for another equaliser. Five minutes away from a penalty shoot out a Steve Walker header secured victory for Heston Rovers. Rovers Manager Raymond Boyd said: “A fine first half display was wiped out with a poor second half performance. Crichton fought their way back into the match despite losing a player but overall we deserved to qualify for the next round.”
Threave Rovers were expected to find it tough going in their match against Nithsdale Wanderers at Sanquhar and a single first half Lee Sneider goal separated the teams at the end in favour of the home side.
In the three league games played, the visitors were expected to win them all with St Cuthbert Wanderers visiting Gatehouse to play near neighbours Fleet Star; Wigtown and Bladnoch travelling to play Abbey Vale at New Abbey and Mid-Annandale playing Creetown at Castle Cary Park and that was exactly what happened albeit two of the contests going close.
In the match at Gatehouse, Saints won comfortably by five goals to nil when veteran keeper Kenny Shanks was beaten after only two minutes when Justin Nichol curled the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards. Star, though, held their visitors until the 65th minute when Ian Millar scored with a tap in. Eight minutes later Nichol chipped the keeper from 25 yards and within a minute a deflected John Kiltie shot put the visitors further ahead. Star were reduced to 10 men when Jack Millar was red carded but McColm dived to save a Dean Thomson penalty kick. With 10 minutes left to play, Saints went nap with a Raymond Gordon goal.
At Castle Cary Park Nathan Muir and Andrew White added two goals to an own goal to give Mid-Annandale the edge and the points against Creetown who could find two goals of their own. Wigtown and Blanoch recorded the same score in their match at New Abbey against Abbey Vale with young Blair Dougan sealing victory two minutes from time.
The SFA Regional Cup Final (South) took place on Sunday at Galabank where Dalbeattie Star played East of Scotland Premier League side Whitehill Welfare for a match that went the way of the East team. William Kidd gave Whitehill the lead on the half hour mark and 10 minutes into the second half Aaron Sommerville doubled the score with a header. In the 58th minute, Wayne McIntosh made it three for Whitehill with Lee Wells pulling back a consolation for Star 10 minutes later.