FOR the second Saturday in succession, Newton Stewart played one of the clubs near the foot of the table and after going down to Nithsdale Wanderers last time around they were again defeated, this time by Abbey Vale.
The home side went behind after only five minutes’ play when a Finlay Thomson shot cum cross deceived the Newton defence to fall behind keeper Fidler and into the net.
Seven minutes later and the game was all square when some good play by Martyn Henry resulted in striker Andrew McEwan blasting the ball home from 20 yards. Disaster struck the home side on the half hour mark when an attempted clearance by Fidler struck Vale substitute Jack Ogston and ended up in the net for the visitors’ second goal. Five minutes later Vale were awarded a penalty kick and Gary Smith made no mistake from the spot to give the New Abbey side a three goals to one advantage at the break. The home side played much better in the second half but had to wait until the 78th minute to make a comeback when Sean Taylor headed home from a corner kick. However another defensive mistake two minutes later allowed Ogston to run unchallenged into the 18-yard box where he found the net from an acute angle to secure the three points for the visitors to take them off the bottom of the table.
Stranraer are through to the semi-final stages of the Potts Cup following their latest victory over Heston Rovers at Maryfield Park.
On each of the previous three meetings this season the Stair Park side have won with late goals and this one was no exception with the winner coming four minutes from the end of extra time. Although the first half of this match was goalless, there was plenty of goalmouth action but the keepers were on top of their game to keep the respective strikers at bay.
The deadlock was broken though on the hour mark when Jonathon Boyd put the home side ahead with an 18-yard low shot which found the corner of the net. Three minutes later an Ian Millar shot cum cross deceived the Heston defence for the equaliser and, well into time added on, Roddy Cooksley scored Stranraer’s second which looked like seeing them progress. Heston, though, had different ideas and almost on the final whistle some good play from Sean Kevan set up Kevin Wright to square the match and send the contest into extra time. Play was fairly even but with four minutes left to play, Heston failed to clear a corner kick and Mark Whorlow was on hand to score the winner and give Stranraer yet again another late victory over Heston.
Queen of the South will now play St Cuthbert Wanderers in the second round of the Haig Gordon Cup after their under 19 team beat Crichton by three goal to one at Hospital Park. Justin Nichol gave the Palmerston youngsters a two goal cushion at the break. The first came after the ball broke to Nichol following a corner kick with his second coming from a spectacular Wayne Rooney-style overhead kick. Stephen Degnam scored Queens’ third with Darren Johnstone scoring a consolation for the home side on the final whistle. Both teams ended the contest with ten men after Justin Beggs for Queens and Lee True for Crichton were red-carded.
In round two of the same competition, Dalbeatie Star came back in spectacular style following their three goals to nil reverse against Wigtown the previous week by defeating Creetown by seven goals to one. Star opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Scott Milligan rounded the keeper and four minutes later scored his second. Five minutes from the break, Curtis Wilson put Star in easy street with his sides third. Eight minutes after the restart Creetown pulled a goal back through Liam Muir with a 20-yard shot but a minute later Parker was fouled in the penalty box and Milligan completed his hat-trick from the spot. In the 71st minute, Hugh Cameron netted number five as Star went nap and four minutes later the same player set up Jak Dingwall for number six. With six minutes left, Cameron again set up a goal with Roman Soltys hitting the net from eight yards out to complete Star’s rout.
Threave Rovers are now eight points clear in the chase for this season’s South of Scotland League Championship after beating Fleet Star by five goals to nil at Meadow Park on Saturday. Sean Milligan claimed a hat-trick with Andrew Donley and Scott Wilby adding the other two goals as the Castle Douglas side went nap. St Cuthbert Wanderers kept up their challenge at the top with a two goals to nil victory over Wigtown and Bladnoch at Trammondford Park. Paul McClymont opened the scoring after only seven minutes’ play with Gary Redpath adding the second in the 28th minute when he rounded the home keeper to slot home and although there were many more goal scoring chances, none of them counted and Saints won the three points with their two goal victory for a result that leaves the Tammondford Park side floundering near the bottom of the league.
Nithsdale’s good run continued in their contest at Lockerbie against Mid-Annandale where they won the three points in a three goals to one victory. However, Mids opened the scoring after only three minutes’ play when Adam Smith scored an early goal. The visitors fought back well though, and after forcing two corners in succession after 10 minutes play, Davy Kennedy missed a great chance to level the match. The Sanquhar side did find an equaliser when their pressure paid of with Paul Kearney scoring in the 32nd minute. The same player headed Nithsdale into the lead before the break and 10 minutes into the second half, Ian Bell ensured victory and three points with a free kick from 20 yards.
Results from Saturday, 5th March, 2011.
Potts Cup - Round 2
Heston Rovers 2 Stranraer 3 after extra time (2-2 in 90 minutes)
Haig Gordon Cup - Round 1
Crichton 1 Queen of the South 3
Haig Gordon Cup - Round 2
Creetown 1 Dalbeattie Star 7
South of Scotland League
Mid-Annandale 1 Nithsdale Wanderers 3
Newton Stewart 2 Abbey Vale 4
Threave Rovers 5 Fleet Star 0
Wigtown and Bladnoch 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 2