THERE was a mixed bag of matches played in south football last Saturday with two Potts Cup first round ties having to be postponed and South of Scotland League matches being changed to away matches for Heston Rovers and Creetown due to their pitches being unplayable.
Results from Saturday 5th November, 2011
Potts Cup - Round One
Newton Stewart 0 Dalbeattie Star 4
St Cuthbert Wanderers 3 Crichton 3 - St Cuthberts won 6-5 on penalties
Potts Cups - Round Two
Abbey Vale 2 Wigtown and Bladnoch 2 aet - Wigtown won 5-3 on penalties
South of Scotland League
Threave Rovers 5 Heston Rovers 2
Nithsdale Wanderers 4 Creetown 3
Stranraer 5 Mid-Annandale 2
Heston’s match against Threave Rovers was played at Meadow Park which gave the Castle Douglas side and present league leaders the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table to five points over second placed Dalbeattie Star who were playing in the Potts Cup.
Hitting five goals and losing only two saw Threave take the three points comfortably with striker Paul Cook scoring a hat-trick. Cook opened the scoring after 10 minutes and after Heston levelled the match through Steven Walker, Martin Bell restored Threave’s lead to take a two goals to one advantage into the break.
Two more from Cook in the second half added to a Scott Wilby effort put Threave in the driving seat with the visitors scoring a second near the end through Jonathon Boyd.
Creetown played their match against Nithsdale Wanderers at Sanquhar with the home side running out narrow winners in a four goals to three victory. An own goal and a penalty conversion from Chris Mellon gave Creetown hope although having conceded three by the half time break and when Stuart Ashton levelled the match in the second half the Ferrytoon side looked like taking a point but this was not to be with the hoem team finding a winner near the end of the match.
In the other league match played, Stranraer struck five times against Mid-Annandale at Stair Park with Jamie McHarrie scoring four. Richard Jones scored the home side’s other goal. Nathan Muir managed to find a goal for the visitors in the first half and three minutes after the re-start Scott Martin scored Mids second.
Two first round ties in the Potts Cup competition took place along with one second round tie with all matches returning the expected results with Dalbeattie Star, St Cuthbert Wanderers and Wigtown and Bladnoch winning their respective matches. Wigtown are through to the semi finals stage after beating Abbey Vale in a penalty shoot out following a two all draw after extra time.
It was always expected that this game would go close and that’s exactly how it turned out. Neither team could break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes of play but in the 58th minute Jamie McClymont scored for the visitors to put them into the lead with Ian Millar adding a second two minutes later.
A Finlay Thompson header put Vale back into the contest in the 67th minute and with 15 minutes left to play Wigtown’s Micky Dougan was red carded for a last man tackle inside the penalty box with Craig Jones scoring from the spot to send the match into extra time.
There were no more goals in the 30-minute extra time period and the contest was settled by a penalty shoot out when Vale failed to score with their first and last and Ian Millar secured the tie by converting Wigtown’s fifth.
Crichton took an unexpected two goal first half advantage over St Cuthbert Wanderers at St Mary’s Park. The first came from the head of Saints’ Jim Kirk when he attempted to find his keeper but found the net instead and Crichton went further ahead before being reduced to 10 men when Stephen Wallace was red carded and Ross McCrindle failed to score from the penalty spot. Five minutes after the break a Justin Nichol header brought Saints back into the match and in the 55th minute an Adam Johnstone shot squared the contest.
Twenty minutes from the end Paul McClymont put the home side ahead but Russell Thompson levelled the match again in the final minute of the match to send the contest into a penalty shoot out. Both sides scored their first five penalties with Saints securing victory by scoring their sixth and Crichton missing theirs.
At Blairmount Park Dalbeattie Star struggled to find the net in the first forty minutes against a battling Newton Stewart side but Alex Maxwell broke the deadlock five minutes from the break to give the visitors a slender one goal advantage at the interval.
Gary Kerr doubled Star’s advantage in the 66th minute with a volley and 11 minutes later substitute Jak Dinwall was gifted a goal following a defensive mistake. Three minutes from time a cross come shot from Maxwell found the top corner of the Newton net to give a result which did not reflect how close the contest had been with Newton paying the price for their failure in front of goal and being sloppy on occasions in front of goal.