Star book place in cup final

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Midweek Results from Wednesday, May 8

Challenge Cup semi-final

Heston Rovers 0 Dalbeattie Star 1

South of Scotland League

Fleet Star 1 Newton Stewart 12

St Cuthbert Wanderers v Crichton, match postponed

Threave Rovers 3 Wigtown and Bladnoch 5

Dalbeattie Star will play Nithsdale Wanderers in the final of this season’s Challenge Cup, the most prestigious competition in South football.

Star beat Heston Rovers by a single goal on Wednesday evening and that was enough for the Stewartry club to progress to yet another cup final.

There were three South of Scotland League matches scheduled to be played on the same night but the match at St Mary’s Park between St Cuthbert Wanderers and Crichton was called off with the pitch being water-logged following heavy rain throughout the day.

Threave Rovers were defeated by five goals to three at Meadow Park by Wigtown and Bladnoch, which gave them an unprecedented seven defeats in succession but puts the Trammondford side only one point behind second placed St Cuthbert Wanderers with two games against league leaders Dalbeattie Star still to come, and which could decide the ultimate destination of this season’s league title.

Newton Stewart ran riot at Garries Park where they beat Fleet Star 12-1.

Calum Dunn put the Creesiders into the lead after only six minutes following a good surging run by central defender John Patterson, and four minutes later Johnny Fisher made it two.

In the 22nd minute a solo run from Micky Sutherland produced the third goal and, four minutes later, Dunn scored number four. Sutherland found the net for the fifth and four minutes from the break Dunn completed his hat-trick.

Slack defending saw Star pull a goal back through Davie McKie in the 43rd minute but Newton made amends a minute later when Liam Muir finished from a Dunn cross to send the teams in at the break with the Creesiders in seventh heaven.

Eleven minutes after the restart substitute Thomas Garrett scored number eight after being on the park for only a couple of minutes and, in the 67th minute, found the net again following a goalmouth scramble.

Six minutes later Steven Beggs scored directly from a corner on the right which found the back post to be deflected into the net. In the 84th minute Sutherland scored to record his hat-trick and two minutes later Fisher scored his second and his side’s twelfth to record Newton’s highest scoreline of the season.