No-one could have predicted the thrashing Newton Stewart handed out to their hapless opponents. Following a close and fairly even 2-0 tussle between these sides at Garries Park last week, when Newton Stewart came out on top, it was expected that this contest would also be close.
However, as the 11-0 nil scoreline shows, there really was no contest this time around.
In the early part of the match things looked familiar for the home side with chances being missed and the visiting goalkeeper Dale Ashby secure between the sticks. After six minutes Ashby came to the rescue of his team when a fine Johnny Fisher effort was well saved by the keeper. Then around the nine minute mark Star striker Dale McCutcheon saw his glancing header from a corner kick go narrowly past the upright but as the goal kick was played up field Calum Dunn latched onto it to run in and sidestep the keeper to open the scoring. In the fifteenth minute Dean Fyfe almost put Newton two up but was denied by the keeper saving at his feet and firing the rebound straight at Ashby. A minute later Calum Wilson cleared a Dunn effort right on the goal-line but as the home side continued to pressurise the Star defence Stevie Ross won a free kick in the twenty first minute on the dge of the box. Ross then took up position on the six yard box and Stevie Beggs floated the ball over to find Ross’s head to send the ball out of the keepers reach for goal number two. A minute later the keeper again pulled off a good save to deny Ross but in the twenty third minute a corner kick was cleared only as far as Stewart Taylor who fired a fierce volley into the net. A minute later Star could not clear from a corner and as head tennis was played with four or five players heading the ball it was eventually headed onto the crossbar by Dean Fyfe with Ross responding to the rebound to head goal number four past the keeper. With thirty one minutes played Ross almost scored his hat-trick but was only inches away from a Taylor free kick as he slid in to an empty goal before being injured and having to leave the field. Replacement Andrew McEwan did not take long to find his feet and in the thirty ninth minute was pulled down in the penalty box and dusted himself down to score from the spot. Two minutes before the break Taylor scored his second of the day when a shot come cross found the postage stamp corner of Ashbys goal for goal number six to end the game as a contest and to give the home side a notable advantage to take into the interval.
Three minutes after the re-start a Beggs corner on the right fell in front of the Star keeper but his efforts to clear resulted in him putting the ball into his own net. In the fifty third minute Dean Fyfe scored from a twenty yard shot which flew over the keeper and three minutes later the same player scored another when he ran in on goal for a tap in as a Dunn effort rebounded from the crossbar. In the sixty second minute McEwan scored his second when he broke away with the keeper keeping his first effort out but again a rebound was latched onto as McEwan put his side into double figures. With twenty minutes left to play Dunn scored his second which saw five different players scoring a brace each.
Newton Stewart have been playing well recently although missing some good scoring chances and it was only a matter of time before a team suffered and it was very unfortunate for Fleet Star that they were the side who were on the wrong end of what was a very good day for the home side.
Newton Stewart 11, Fleet Star 0
John McNaught at Blairmount Park