THREAVE Rovers were the first team from the South of Scotland to reach the semi-final stages of the SFA Regional Challenge Cup when they played hosts to East of Scotland Premier League side Edinburgh City at Meadow Park on Saturday.
SFA Regional Challenge Cup (South) Semi-final
Threave Rovers 0 Edinburgh City 2
Tweedie Cup - Round Two
Heston Rovers 3 Newton Stewart 0
Tweedie Cup - Round One
Crichton 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 6
Mid-Annandale 0 Dalbeattie Star 4
Nithsdale Wanderers 2 Fleet Star 2 - Nithsdale won 5-3 on penalties aet.
South of Scotland League
Creetown 1 Stranraer 5
Unfortunately they didn’t manage to make the final after going down by two goals to nil with the visitors taking the lead two minutes before the break with a Ruardidh Scott header. Eight minutes after the re-start, City made sure of progression when James Elliot added a second and although chances fell to the South Champions there were no takers and Edinburgh City will now play their capital neighbours, Spartans, in this season’s final.
In the Tweedie Cup second round, Heston Rovers had a fairly comfortable victory over Newton Stewart at Maryfield although two of the goals were classed as own goals. Mystery surrounded the opener on the half hour mark when goalkeeper Scott Brown was alleged to have put the ball into his own net when challenged by a Heston forward as he attempted to collect a high cross from the right. Two minutes after the break Alex Maxwell pressurised the visitors defence and again the last touch went down to a Newton defender to make the score two goals to nil. There was nothing untoward about the third and decisive goal though when Sean Kevan fired in a terrific strike from thirty yards which found the top right hand corner of the net to send Heston through to the semi-finals of this particular competition.
In the first round of the same competition St Cuthbert Wanderers hit Crichton for six at Hospital Park with Paul McClymont claiming a first half hat-trick. His first came after only nine minutes play from a tap-in with the second goal coming in the 35th minute with a great volley. Ten minutes later McClymont went one on one with keeper Muirhead and rounded the stopper to complete his hat-trick. Johnny Nicol made it four in the 61st minute from 12 yards out and 16 minutes later Saints went nap when Gary Redpath tapped in at the back post. With two minutes left to play teenager Ben Hutton completed the rout when his left foot shot found the bottom corner of the net.
There was also a first half hat-trick in the match at Lockerbie where Dalbeattie Star beat Mid-Annandale by four goals to nil. Roman Soltys was the hero of the hour as he returned to one of his former clubs with his first coming in the 13th minute with a tap in. On the half hour mark Soltys fired home his second from the edge of the 18-yard box and 10 minutes later the striker latched onto a ball over the top to again beat keeper Crolla from the same distance. A goal from a Scott Milligan free kick a minute before the break completed the scoring to send Star through to Round two of the Tweedie Cup.
The other First round match played at Sanquhar between Nithsdale Wanderers and Fleet Star turned out to be a closely contested affair with the 90 minutes play producing a two al draw. The home side took the lead on the half hour mark when Gary Crosbie found himself on the end of a free kick to score from eight yards out. Nithsdale took this slim advantage into the break and it took until 12 minutes from time for the visitors to get back on terms when Stuart Findley headed the equaliser. With five minutes left to play Andy Gilston put Star ahead at the second attempt when he fired home from six yards after his first attempt had rebounded off the Nithsdale keeper. The home side were not to be outdone though and two minutes later Davy Thomson levelled the match once more to send the contest into extra time. No more goals were forthcoming in the extra 30 minutes so it took a penalty shoot out to decide the winner with Nithsdale scoring all five to Stars three to go through.
There was one South of Scotland League match played which saw Stranraer visiting Castle Cary Park to play Creetown. Although this contest was expected to go close the visitors ran out comfortable winners by five goals to one. A double from James McHarrie and singles from Roddy Cooksley, a converted penalty from Alex Walker and an own goal gave the Stair Park a convincing victory and another three points.