Seventh heaven for Saints

St Cuthbert v Wigtown & Bladnoch - Blair Dougan on the ball.
St Cuthbert v Wigtown & Bladnoch - Blair Dougan on the ball.

St Cuthbert Wanderers continued their unbeaten record for the season when they defeated present South of Scotland League champion Wigtown and Bladnoch by seven goals to three at St Mary’s Park, Kirkcudbright.

This contest was expected to be a close run thing but was dominated by the home side with Steven Degnam scoring a first half hat-trick to add to a single from Philip Middlemas although the visitors did manage to pull two goals back through striker Robert Jamieson. Saints though, went to town in the second half and added three more goals with Jack McMurdo, Sam Warren and Andrew Donely all finding the net to put the home side in seventh heaven and to continue as a main contender for this seasons championship.

Edusport Academy though still retain top spot after defeating Newton Stewart by a solitary goal at Galabank. The home side were reduced to nine men while the game was still goal-less and with the visitors piling on the pressure the substitute goalkeeper pulled off some tremendous saves after his colleague had been dismissed for a hand ball outside the box which denied Newton striker Robert Middleton a clear run in on goal. However Edu defended well with nine men hitting on the break and with five minutes left to play were rewarded when Freddy Clement scored with a thirty yard free kick to give his side the three points.

Dumfries YMCA recorded a fine victory over Creetown at Castle Cary Park with a surprise four goals to one win over a young home side who had been promising so much in recent weeks while Upper Annandale found the net twice in their match against Nithsdale Wanderers at Sanquhar without reply.

Fleet Star had a great seven goals to three victory over Lochar Thistle at Maxwelltown High School with Kieran Kenny finding the net no less than five times in the second half of the match. Kevin Jamieson opened the scoring for Star from the penalty spot after seven minutes play with Dale Dougan adding a second before the break. Mike McGauchie, John Howie and Blair Steel scored for Lochar with Scott Woodward seeing red before the end of the match.

Crichton beat Abbey Vale by four goals to one at Hospital Park while Mid-Annandale and Heston Rovers had to settle for a share of the points at Lockerbie. Connor Murray gave Mids the lead after twenty one minutes but a Darren Dunbar own goal saw the sides go in at the break all square. Grant Learmont scored with a header after seventy one minutes to give Heston the lead but seven minutes later striker Nathan Muir scored from the penalty spot to square the contest. However three minutes later Muir was dismissed with a straight red card but the home side held on to take a point.

Results from Saturday 19th September 2015.

South of Scotland League

Creetown 1 Dumfries YMCA 4

Crichton 4 Abbey Vale 1

Edusport Academy 1 Newton Stewart 0

Lochar Thistle 3 Fleet Star 7

Mid-Annandale 2 Heston Rovers 2

Nithsdale Wanderers 0 Upper Annandale 2

St Cuthbert Wanderers 7 Wigtown and Bladnoch 3