Star rise to top of Lowland League

Dalbeattie Star now lead the newly formed Lowland League following their emphatic victory over Gala Fairydean last Saturday.

They have now taken seven points from their first three matches.

All the goals came in the second half, with John Gibson scoring the home side’s solitary goal from the penalty spot. Jamie Struthers and Jack Steele scored a goal each for Star, with Hugh Cameron coming off the bench to score a double.

Threave Rovers, with goalkeeper Vinnie Parker in temporary charge, had no such luck in their match at Meadow Park against Whitehill Welfare.

Although they were two ahead in the first 20 minutes through Justin Nicol and Steven Degnam, Whitehill’s Wayne McIntosh then stole the show and scored three goals in an eight-minute spell.

The player scored his first in the 27th minute and added a second with a header two minutes later, followed by a shot that beat Parker low down with 35 minutes on the clock.

McIntosh added his fourth in the second half, with Steven Manson going nap seven minutes from time with Threave’s Dean Fyfe receiving a red at the end of the match.

However, Rovers made amends on tuesday night with a home win over East Kilbride.

Although both sides had goal-scoring chances none of them was taken and it looked very much as if the game was going to end in stalemate. However, with three minutes left to play, Threave’s Grant Parker was fouled in the penalty box and Scott Wilby fired the ball home from the spot.

This was Threave’s first victory in the newly formed league following two draws and a defeat.

Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers do not have Lowland League matches this Saturday as they are both playing in the first round of the Potts Cup, a South of Scotland competition.

Scottish Lowland League

Saturday, August 17

Gala Fairy Dean 1, Dalbeattie Star 4

Threave Rovers 2, Whitehill Welfare 5

Tuesday, August 20

Threave Rovers 1, East Kilbride 0