Newton Stewart will face Edusport in the Tweedie Cup semi-final after their penalty shoot-out victory over Wigtown and Bladnoch at Tammondford Park which saw both teams finish a controversial match with ten men.
Roddy Cooksley put Wigtown ahead after twenty minutes pay from a Jamie McHarrie free kick and fifteen minutes later a brilliant McHarrie shot from twenty yards doubled Wigtown’s lead to give the home side a comfortable half time advantage.
Five minutes after the re-start Wigtown went further ahead when an effort from Lewis Dunn came off the upright and struck keeper Harry Fidler before entering the net. Newton then dug in and in the 58th minute Newton’s top goal-scorer Robert Middleton struck to start a fightback.
Six minutes later substitute Gavin Williamson scored a controversial goal which was adjudged to have crossed the line but that was disputed by the Wigtown players. In the 64th minute Johnny Fisher was upended in the box but dusted himself down to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot. The game ended all square with Newton Stewart winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot out with the South’s goalkeeper of the year Harry Fidler saving twice.
Edusport Academy beat St Cuthbert Wanderers 4-0 and Fleet Star will now play Abbey Vale in the other semi-final on Wednesday 13th May following their 4-1victory over Upper Annandale.