The two J. Haig Gordon Cup semi-finals dominated the South of Scotland football programme last weekend with both matches featuring Wigtownshire teams.
Newton Stewart played hosts at Blairmount to an improving Crichton side who took the tie all the way in an effort to reach the final. However the Creesiders were keen to make it through to their first final under manager George Grierson and although it took more than the regulation ninety minutes to find a winner the home side finally progressed.
Ryan McKie put the Creesiders ahead in the first half with a goal that looked like being the winner right into time added on when a Declan Hill header forced the contest into extra time in the ninety third minute. There were no further goals and Newton Stewart won the penalty shoot out by the odd goal in seven. At Trammondford Park the home side Wigtown and Bladnoch started their match as slight favourites to make it through to the final of this particular competition in their match against Fleet Star. Once again though the visitors managed to play out a one all draw but were beaten in a penalty shoot out by four goals to two. However Star had taken the lead in the twenty second minute of the match when Josh Maxwell converted from the penalty spot with Jamie Adams levelling the match just on the stroke of half time and again from the penalty spot. The two Wigtownshire teams will now contest the final of this particular competition at Castle Cary Park on Saturday 20th December with a 1.30pm kick-off.
Mid-Annandale continued to play their home matches on a Friday evening since taking over their 3G pitch at Lockerbie and last week they had Edusport Academy as their guests for a South of Scotland League match. The visitors went into the match as favourites and won convincingly by four goals to one. Quentin Fouley put Edu ahead after only three minutes of play with Charef Faufi adding another three minutes later to give the visitors a two goal advantage at the break. Faufi scored his sides third and his second in the forty eighth minute and Michael Martins made it four just after the hour mark. Connor Murray scored a consolation goal for Mid-Annandale with three minutes left to play.
On Saturday there were three league matches scheduled to be played with Upper Annandale managing to take the three points from their match against bottom placed side Dumfries YMCA in a two goals to nil victory. Lochar Thistle and Abbey Vale locked horns at Maxwelltown High School with Vale running out comfortable winners by four goals to one with their goals coming from a hat -trick by Lee Malin and a single from Steven Couper while Creetown went down by four goals to nil to St Cuthbert Wanderers at Castle Cary Park.
Results from Friday 28th November, 2014
South of Scotland League
Mid-Annandale 1 Edusport Academy 4
Results from Saturday 29th November, 2014
Creetown 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 4
Lochar Thistle 1 Abbey Vale 4
J. Haig Gordon Cup – Semi-finals
Newton Stewart 1 Crichton 1 (aet) – Newton Stewart won 4-3 on penalties
Wigtown and Bladnoch 1 Fleet Star 1 –Wigtown won 4-2 on penalties