Galloway Gazette football corrsepondent John McNaught looks back at the recent cup games. This week’s highlight has to be Newton Stewart’s goalie Harry Fidler having a rare outing as a striker and scoring the winning goal on Monday night away at Fleet Star.
By Results from Saturday 2nd May, 2015
Potts Cup – Round 1
Upper Annandale 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 1
Potts Cup – Round Two
Crichton 2 Mid-Annandale 3
St Cuthbert Wanderers 0 Edusport Academy 5
Cree Lodge Cup – Round 1
Nithsdale Wanderers 1 Newton Stewart 0
Results from Monday 4th May, 2015
Cree Lodge Cup - Round One
Crichton 2 Wigtown and BLadnoch 6
Potts Cup – Round One
Fleet Star 0 Newton Stewart 1
Wigtown and Bladnoch continued their participation in most South cup competitions with a one goal to nil victory over Upper Annandale at Moffat last Saturday to progress to the second round of the Potts Cup while Edusport Academy beat St Cuthbert Wanderers by five goals to nil in the second round of the same competition to progress to the semi-final stages.
Crichton were beaten by three goals to two in their match against Mid-Annandale which saw the Lockerbie side also go through to the semi-finals of the Potts Cup. The home side though were two goals to the good through goals from Declan Hill in the twenty-fifth minute and Craig Campbell twelve minutes later. Barry Morton brought MIds back into the contest in the forty-fourth minute to give his side a fighting chance in the second half. Fifteen minutes later the same player scored his second to level the match before Calum Smith secured victory twenty minutes from time. Mids won even allowing for having several players missing and had fifteen-year old Andrew Dorrance in goal. Nithsdale Wanderers pulled off a good single goal victory over Newton Stewart who did everything but find the net and paid the price by exiting this season’s Cree Lodge Cup. Nithsdales goal was scored by Kevin Roy.
On Monday evening Wigtown and Bladnoch blasted Crichton by six goals to two to take their place in the second round of the Cree Lodge Cup while Newton Stewart progressed to the second round of the Potts Cup at the expense of Fleet Star. In a depleted Newton Stewart squad who had only eleven players available, the South’s goalkeeper of the season Harry Fidler played as a striker and scored the only goal of the match at Garries Park. The tie was all square and goal-less at the break with the visitors on top but ten minutes after the re-start Newton broke upfield with Fidler finding the all important goal which he took from close in with some tenacity.