Top teams progress in cup

THERE were no great shocks in South of Scotland football on Saturday, with most of the favoured teams progressing in the Potts Cup ties.

Holders Threave Rovers managed to go nap against Heston Rovers at Maryfield with the home team only finding two in reply. The initial exchanges were even, before Danny Dunglinson opened the scoring for the visitors after only seven minutes.

Stevie Walker squared the match in the 14th minute and Paul Cook added a second for Threave before Craig Anderson levelled the match for the second time. Threave then pushed to secure the tie with a Paul Cook goal and a Scott Wilby penalty to give the Castle Douglas side a comfortable half time lead.

The second half was again fairly even but when Wilby scored his second, again from the penalty spot with 15 minutes left there was no way back for the home side. The other first-round tie between Creetown and Nithsdale Wanderers was postponed. In the second round, two first-half goals for Dalbeattie against Stranraer at Stair Park put them into the semi-finals. A goal from Scott Milligan in the 27th minute, following a great solo run from the halfway line, opened the scoring, and an Alex Maxwell header from a Hugh Cameron cross seven minutes later was enough to seal victory.

Fleet Star and Abbey Vale shared the points in a 2-2 draw in a South of Scotland league match at Garries Park after Vale had taken a two-goal lead. Fraser Thomson opened the scoring from six yards to give the visitors a narrow half-time advantage. Eleven minutes after the restart, Clark Chambers headed Vale’s second from eight yards from a cross on the left but, two minutes later, John Frame brought Star back into the contest and, six minutes from time, Terry McKie squared it, placing his shot under the diving keeper.

McKie was ordered off two minutes later, however, after receiving a second yellow card.

The other league match played at Trammondford Park was a close tussle with only a second-half penalty from Ian MIllar securing a Wigtown’s win over Crichton.