Stewartry sides show their class

On Wednesday evening there were three matches played in South football.

The two Stewartry sides – Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers – again showed their superiority, with Cree Lodge Cup first round victories over Wigtownshire opponents Creetown and Wigtown and Bladnoch respectively.

Star beat Creetown 3-1 which, in present circumstances, was not too poor a result for the home team, with Star riding high in the league where they are still unbeaten. Indeed, they have beaten only once this season – by St Cuthbert Wanderers in a cup tie.

Star’s prolific striker Scott Milligan opened the scoring after only two minutes’ play, with Creetown striker Robert Middleton squaring the match almost immediately. But Milligan put his side ahead again before the break to give the visitors a slight half-time advantage.

Jack McMurdo ensured Star’s progress in the second half with a good strike as his team ran out winners.

At Meadow Park, Threave Rovers beat Wigtown and Bladnoch 4-1.

Philip Middlemiss scored first for the home side after four minutes for the home side to take an early lead, with Neil Erskine levelling the match eight minutes later.

In the 14th minute, Struthers struck for Threave with Middlemiss adding his second and his side’s third before the break.

Gavin Kerr added a third for Threave in the second half to secure victory as the Castle Douglas side marched into the second round of this particular competition.

In the league, Heston Rovers drew 3-3 with neighbours and local rivals Crichton. The result keeps Heston in a good mid-table positions, with Crichton still struggling to reach their previous high league placings.

Results from Wednesday, April 10.

Cree Lodge Cup – first round

Creetown 1 Dalbeattie Star 3

Threave Rovers 4 Wigtown and Bladnoch 1

South of Scotland League

Heston Rovers 3 Crichton 3