Creetown take the plaudits
The plaudits went to Creetown on Saturday when they recorded their first victory of the season taking three well-earned points from their match against Abbey Vale.
A goal from defender Andrew Houston was the difference between the two sides and by all accounts the home side were well worthy of their victory who incidentally had former Newton manager Davy Hyslop in their line-up. This match though was unfortunately held up for some time when mid-fielder Stevie Beggs received a bad knee injury. Wigtown and Bladnoch got back to their winning ways with an easy seven goals to one victory over bottom placed Dumfries YMCA with goals from Stuart Cluckie, Graeme Blain, a double from trialist Calum Dunn and a hat-trick Robert Paisley. Lochar Thistle kept up their challenge at the top when they won by the odd goal in three in their match against Mid-Annandale with goals from Terry Jardine and William Dempster.
Edusport Academy locked horns with St Cuthbert Wanderers at Galabank for a match that looked as though it would go close but Saints won it quite comfortably in a three goals to one victory. Scott Alexander scored a double with striker Roman Soltys finding the net once again to secure the points with Edu finding a consolation near the end of the match. Newton Stewart had a celebrity footballer in their ranks for their match against Crichton at Blairmount when ex-Scottish Internationalist Kevin Kyle lined up in the striking position. The ex-Hearts and Rangers player showed that he had lost none of his striking abilities by scoring a hat-trick with Liam Muir adding number four near the end. Kyle opened the scoring five minutes before the break against a dour Crichton defence with a powerful header from a corner on the left. The striker added another after sixty seven minutes play with a fierce shot that keeper Cathro could not hold although getting a hand on it and he completed his hat-trick fifteen minutes from time when he side-footed an excellent Liam Duffy cross into the net. Kyle was also involved in goal number five when he slid in and the ball bounced off the visiting keeper with Muir the first to re-act to fire high into the net. With the Nithsdale Wanderers versus Upper Annandale match at Sanquhar being postponed this result sent the Creesiders to the top of the league table for present and shows how competitive the South League could become this season with several teams showing early promise along with last seasons Champions, Wigtown and Bladnoch and runners up St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Results from Saturday 2nd August, 2014
South of Scotland League
Creetown 1 Abbey Vale 0
Dumfries YMCA 1 Wigtown and Bladnoch 7
Edusport Academy 1 St Cuthbert Wanderers 3
Heston Rovers v Fleet Star (Postponed until 19th August)
Lochar Thistle 2 Mid-Annandale 1
Newton Stewart 4 Crichton 0
Nithsdale Wanderers v Upper Annandale -Match postponed