South Scene - midweek

Queen of the South fielded a very experienced side at Palmerston against Heston Rovers in a Haig Gordon second round tie and went on to win 6-2.

However, Heston played their part in making this a very entertaining contest. Queens opened the scoring through McGuffie after five minutes and found another two goals before the break, with Degnan netting five minutes from the interval and Black scoring a minute later. The visitors pulled one back two minutes after the restart through Gordon Gibson but Vallance restored Queens’ advantage in the 62nd minute. Twenty minutes from time Black scored again and Vallance making it six. Ally Queen scored a second for Heston.

Threave Rovers received a scare in their Tweedie Cup tie at Meadow Park when Creetown went in at the break 2-1, with goals from Chris Mellon and Ryan McKie countering a single from Grant Middlemass. A fight-back saw Threave run out 6-2 winners with Middlemass scoring a second, Andy Donely netting a double and Sean Milligan and Jamie Struthers each scoring.

At St Mary’s Park, St Cuthbert went ahead early on with a Stevie Brown header in their Cree Lodge first round tie against Mid-Annandale but Nathan Muir levelled. Paul McClymont restored Saints’ advantage in the 26th minute, with Craig Rudd scoring from a penalty to send the teams in at the break with the home side 3-1 ahead. Rudd extended Saints’ lead with 15 minutes to play and substitute Liam Muir headed a powerful effort into the net in the 84th minute to give the Kirkcudbright side a comfortable victory.

The surprise was at Stair Park where Stranraer were held over 90 minutes to a 3-3 draw by Fleet Star, though eventually running out 6-4 winners in extra time. Richard Jones opened for Stranraer, with John Lowe doubling the lead. Davy McKie pulled one back with a penalty. Terry McKie equalised after the restart, before Dean Agnew put the home side ahead. Another McKie spot kick squared the match. Gary Smith was first to strike for the home side in extra time with Lowe netting three minutes later, but Star refused to lie down and McKie claimed his hat-trick. Stranraer held on, with Andrew Carnochan grabbing the sixth.