Friday, May 4.
Haig Gordon Cup semi-final
Newton Stewart 0 Threave Rovers 3
Saturday, May 5.
South of Scotland League
Creetown 3 Heston Rovers 5
Mid-Annandale 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 5
Nithsdale Wanderers 1 Fleet Star 4
Stranraer 5 Crichton 2
Wigtown and Bladnoch 2 Dalbeattie Star 4
Newton Stewart and Threave Rovers played their Haig Gordon Cup Semi Final on Friday night to leave Blairmount Park free for the Annual Galloway Football Fair which took place over the weekend involving around 600 youngsters. Although there was an abundance of skills from the youngsters at their event there was little shown by Newton Stewart as they failed to turn up for this crucial cup tie. The Castle Douglas side won comfortably in the end as the Creesiders failed to hit the form that they showed recently when beating Dalbeattie Star. The visitors turned the screw right from the kick-off and took the lead through Sean Milligan fifteen into the match when he scored from a tight angle. A defensive error three minutes before the break allowed Andrew Donely in to score goal number two and killed off Newtons chances of success. Twenty minutes after the re-start Donely scored his second and his sides third when the ball found the top left hand corner of the Newton net to seal victory and set up a cup final date on Saturday 19th May against Dalbeattie Star at Islecroft.
There were five South of Scotland League matches played last Saturday with Dalbeattie Star maintaining their challenge to take the title away from present holders Threave Rovers with a four goals to two victory at Trammondford against Wigtown and Bladnoch to set up a potential league decider at Meadow Park next Saturday. Star took the lead in the twenty third minute when a Lewis Sloan cross found the head of central defender Stuart MacPherson but the home side struck back fifteen minutes later through Grant Carnochan. Two minutes before the break a Hugh Cameron shot restored Stars lead to give them a slender advantage which they took into the interval. Ten minutes into the second half a Scott Milligan shot was deflected into the Wigtown net to put Star into the driving seat and four minutes later Alex Maxwell ensured the three points with a fourth for the visitors. Although Robert Jamieson drew a goal back for the home side when he shot from ten yards Star ran out comfortable winners to keep their title ambitions on track.
One of the best results of the day was at Lorimer Park, Sanquhar where Fleet Star defeated Nithsdale Wanderers by four goals to one to end their season on a high. A hat-trick from Kevin Smith and a single from Terry McKie gave the Gatehouse a comfortable afternoon with the Sanqhuar side managing only a single consolation goal in reply. At Castle Cary Park Creetown took the lead in the seventeenth minute when Chris Mellon shot low past Heston keeper Keiron McCulloch and Nathan Thomson doubled their lead two minutes later with a shot from close in. In the thirty first minute Hestons Russell Jardine pulled one back with a shot from eighteen yards and Mellon restored Creetowns two goal lead when he finished off a fine pass from Scott mazza right on the half time whistle. Two minutes after the re-start Steve Walker beat the oncoming goalkeeper Scott Dobson and chipped him from eighteen yards to bring the visitors back into the match and in the fifty eighth minute a twenty five yard shot from Steve Millar flew into the top left corner to square the contest. In the seventy fourth minute a Ryan Adamson shot from sixteen yards also found the top left corner to give Heston the lead and Adamson completed the scoring with another fine strike from the edge of the box.
Heston Rovers Manager Raymond Boyd said
“We had plenty of the ball in the first half but made mistakes in the wrong areas which cost us. Two changes just after half time made the difference, we competed better, moved the ball quicker and created numerous chances. A fine 2nd half display from all concerned ensured the victory’
There was a bit of a shock result at Lockerbie where Mid-Annandale beat St Cuthbert Wanderers by three goals to one. An under strength Saints side were two goals down by the break with Carlos Crosbie opening the scoring on the half hour mark and Grant Schoular adding a second a minute before the half time whistle following a goalmouth scramble. Two minutes after the re-start Schoular scored his sides third but Saints could only manage a consolation goal with Ben Irvine finding the net as the Kirkcudbright side vie with Heston for the coveted third place in the league table.
Goals from Crichtons Elliot Johnstone and Brodie Turner were not enough to take anything from their match against Stranraer at Stair Park as they were beaten by five goals to two. The main talking point in this match however was the four red cards which were handed out with the home side receiving one when Richard Jones was sent off along with the visitors Lee Sneider following a confrontation after only twenty minutes. Five minutes before the break Crichtons Lee True was dismissed for an alleged two footed tackle and in the second half the visitors were reduced to eight men when Paul Leighfield also saw red.