Last Saturday’s Challenge Cup Round two matches threw up some very exciting and interesting contests with some high scoring matches.
Lowland League side Threave Rovers were beaten by South of Scotland League leaders Edusport Academy 3-1.
Neighbours Dalbeattie Star however flew the flag for the Lowland League by defeating the South Leagues bottom placed team Dumfries YMCA in a 9-1 rout.
Two first half goals from Ritchie Maxwell added to a single from Craig Fergusson and a Lewis Sloan penalty gave Star a four goal lead at the half time break.
Tommy Muir added another two goals after the re-start before Maxwell scored with a header to complete his hat-trick and Lewis Todd and Lewis Dunn wrapped things up with YMs Nathan Cannon finding the net for a consolation goal for the Dumfries side.
Mid-Annandale progressed to the third round of this particular competition with a hard earned victory over Heston Rovers.
Darren Notman opened the scoring with a 20 yard volley in the 34th minute to put the home side in front but in a two minute spell the visitors scored firstly through Ross Newlands in the 38th minute with an overhead kick from close range. A minute later later Heston went ahead when Ross Halliday volleyed the ball into the Mids net from all of twenty five yards to give the visitors a slender one goal lead at the break.
In the second half Mids Conor Murray came off the bench to equalise in the 62nd minute when he scored from 15 yards out and the same player found the winner with ten minutes left to play although Mids keeper Peter Crolla pulled off a great save from Ross Newlands near the end of the match to ensure victory for the Lockerbie side.
St Cuthbert Wanderers edged themselves through to the quarter final stages with a 3-1 win over Newton Stewart at Blairmount Park. An Andrew Donley goal gave the visitors a single goal lead at the interval. The same player added a second after the break with Roman Soltys also finding the net and although Graeme Blain scored for the Creesiders they could find no more and Saints progressed to the next round.
Abbey Vale and Creetown fought out a five goal thriller at Dumfries High School with three of the goals coming in extra time after the teams were all square after 90 minutes.
Creetown’s Ben Herries opened the scoring in the twenty eighth minute with Hayden Edgar scoring an equaliser with a header right on the half time whistle. Following a goalless second 45 minutes the game went into extra time when Jordan Wilson restored Creetown’s lead with Sam Hughes again levelling the contest early in the second half of extra time.
However a minute later Ross Landers again put the visitors in front to give them a slender lead that they held onto to win the match.
In the second round of the Cree Lodge Cup Fleet Star and Nithsdale Wanderers played out a seven goal thriler at Sanquhar with the visitors winning to take their place in the semi-final stages of this particular competition while Crichton and Wigtown and Bladnoch shared six goals in a South of Scotland League match at Hospital Park.
Results from Saturday 23rd January, 2016
South of Scotland League
Crichton 3 Wigtown and Bladnoch 3
Challenge Cup – Round 2
Abbey Vale 2 Creetown 3 after extra time
Dalbeattie Star 9 Dumfries YMCA 1
Lochar v Stranraer – match postponed
Mid-Annandale 3 Heston Rovers 2
Newton Stewart 1 St Cuthbert Wanderers 3
Threave Rovers 1 Edusport Academy 3
Upper Annandale v Queen of the South –match postponed
Cree Lodge Cup – Round 2
Nithsdale Wanderers 3 Fleet Star 4