Wigtown win local derby

Wigtown v Newton Stewart'Saturday 21st Febuary'Newton's No.1 Harry Fidler dives at the feet of Wigtown's high flying Jamie Adams
Wigtown v Newton Stewart'Saturday 21st Febuary'Newton's No.1 Harry Fidler dives at the feet of Wigtown's high flying Jamie Adams

There was a local derby at Trammondford Park where Wigtown and Bladnoch played hosts to neighbours Newton Stewart.

In a dour match played under difficult underfoot conditions both teams gave their all although early on play was confined mainly to midfield.

The first real effort on goal was from Wigtown’s Jamie Adams whose attempted lob over keeper Harry Fidler found the crossbar although covered by the keeper.

There were no goals scored in the first 45 minutes play but seven minutes after the re-start striker Robert Jamieson’s diving header flew across the Newton goal to safety.

Three minutes later a Calum Dunn effort almost put the visitors ahead but his shot came off the upright. With 67 minutes played Wigtown took the lead however, when Lewis Dunn ran in unmarked at the back post to slot the ball home to break the deadlock.

Three minutes later the same player found space on the right to fire in a cross come shot which took a vicious swerve to deceive the Newton keeper for the second goal. In the 76th minute a John Lowe free kick from all of 40 yards came off the crossbar and fell groundwards but the ball was adjudged not to have crossed the line and Wigtown ran out winners by 2-0 to take their place in the semi-final draw. This draw will take place on Thursday night at Palmerston Park where Queen of the South play Edusport Academy to see who will be joining holders Wigtown, St Cuthbert Wanderers and Heston Rovers in the last four.

There was only one South of Scotland League match played and that was in Dumfries where bottom placed YMCA played hosts to the in form Abbey Vale and were defeated by five goals to nil. Vale’s goals came from five different sources with Steven Couper, Ben Irving, George Robertson adding goals to those scored by an own goal and one by a trialist.

There was also a Tweedie Cup first round tie being played at Castle Cary Park where Creetown entertained Upper Annandale with the visitors winning by three goals to nil.

The other three matches were all in round three of the South Challenge Cup with Lochar Thistle and Heston Rovers locking horns at Maxwelltown High School for an encounter that was expected to go close and that’s exactly what happened with the visitors running out winners by the odd goal in seven with Learmont, Spence, Burgess and Jardine finding the net.

St Cuthbert Wanderers travelled to Lockerbie to play Mid-Annandale with both sides having been defeated the previous weekend.

Saints looked the more experienced of the two sides and progressed by virtue of a slender 3-2 victory to make it through to the last four of this particular competition with their goals all coming from Steven Degnan who sealed victory 12 minutes from time from the penalty spot.

Results from Saturday 21st February, 2015

South of Scotland League

Dumfries YMCA 0 Abbey Vale 5

South Challenge Cup – Round 2

Lochar Thistle 3 Heston Rovers 4

Mid-Annandale 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 3

Wigtown and Bladnoch 2 Newton Stewart 0

Tweedie Cup – Round 1

Creetown 0 Upper-Annandale 3