Swan Inn 1 Galloway Wanderers 3
The first cup final of the Stewartry summer league was contested by Wigtownshire rivals Swan Inn and Galloway Wanderers at Dalbeattie last Friday night.
The Swan started well and were on top during the first quarter of the match having two goals disallowed, one for an infringement and one for offside. Wanderers goalkeeper Martyn Roddie also pulled off a string of saves to keep the scores level.
As the half progressed the Wanderers came into the game and Ross McCrindle saw two efforts saved by the feet of Swan number one Ross Mawson. The deadlock was broken eight minutes from half-time when Kenny Allan fired in a dangerous low cross from the left which was turned into his own net by the unlucky Swan defender.
Sixteen minutes into the second-half it was two nil when Nigel Marshall drove inside from the right linking up well with Robert McColm whose one touch through ball found McCrindle’s run and he made no mistake from just inside the box with only the keeper to beat. With there tails up Wanderers went looking for a third and Fitzsimmons, McColm, Marshall and McCrindle were all denied by the crossbar. With twelve minutes to go Grant Fitzsimmons cut in from the left and shot low across Mawson into the far corner to make it three nil and seal the victory.
Swan got a goal back with one minute to go from midfielder Jarvis Conlay via the penalty spot.
A great effort from all the Galloway squad through the cup run and unlike Keegan’s Newcastle they bounced back from just missing out on a league to win a cup trophy. Goalkeeper Martyn Roddie was awarded man of the match, mostly for his performance in the early part of the game and but for that the result could have been different.