A look back at the crucial games in the South of Scotland football scene with Galloway Gazette football correspondent John McNaught.
Results from Saturday 18th April:
South of Scotland League
Crichton 0 Newton Stewart 7
Nithsdale Wanderers 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 4
Cree Lodge Cup – Round One
Creetown 1 Mid-Annandale 3
Dumfries YMCA 2 Abbey Vale 11
Edusport Academy 8 Fleet Star 1
Heston Rovers 3 Lochar thistle 1
As the football season in the South of Scotland draws to its closing matches there were once again a varied assortment of league and cup matches scheduled to be played last Saturday.
League champions Wigtown and Bladnoch travelled to Sanquhar to play Nithsdale Wanderers and recorded a four goals to nil victory which secured the league title for them for the second year in succession. Two goals from Jamie McHarrie and singles from Lewis McIntyre and Robert Jamieson ensured the three points.
Crichton entertained Newton Stewart at Dumfries High School following the Creesiders six points deduction for failing to fulfil the fixture the previous week against Abbey Vale. Newton took the lead after nine minutes through striker Robert Middleton with Alan McKie adding a second after twenty two minutes play. Middleton scored a third in the thirty-fifth minute following some good outfield play with Ryan McKie making it four five minutes from the break. Thirteen minutes after the re-start Johnny Fisher scored a fifth goal before Middleton completed his hat-trick from an acute angle. With seventy-nine minutes played the Creesiders were reduced to ten men when Ryan Holmes was red-carded for a hand ball in the box but the penalty kick was missed. Middleton scored an eighth goal for Newton with ten minutes left to play to give them a resounding seven goals to nil victory.
There were four Cree Lodge Cup first round ties also played with the match at Palmerston Park between Heston Rovers and Lochar Thistle being the pick of the bunch in a contest that was thought that it could go either way but that saw the home side run out winners by three goals to one.
The Creetown versus Mid-Annandale match at Castle Cary ended with the Lockerbie side also winning by three goals to one following a goal-less first half. Twenty seconds after the re-start Matthew Copeland opened the scoring for Mids but John Morrison squared the match four minutes later. An Andy White header just after the hour mark put Mids ahead with Cammy Thorburn securing Mids progress with a goal from a twenty yard free kick five minutes from time.
Edusport Academy beat Fleet Star by eight goals to one although Star scored the first goal while Dumfries YMCA went down by eleven goals to two against Abbey Vale with Steven Cooper scoring six of Vales goals. Ben Irving added a double with Lee True and Lee Malin scoring a single each to add to an own goal. Ryan Johnstone and Greg Paterson scored the two YMCA goals.
Monday night sees Fleet Star facing Upper Annandale at Gatehouse in a league match while Wigtown and Bladnoch travel to Dumfries to play YMCA in the first round of the Tweedie Cup with Lochar Thistle and Newton Stewart locking horns at Maxwelltown High.