Wigtown and Bladnoch are through to this season’s South Challenge Cup Final in an attempt to win a trophy that they have never won before.
The Trammondford Park side recorded a comfortable semi-final victory over Crichton last Saturday by running out winners by six goals to one. Two early goals from Jamie McHarrie and Ian Millar set Wigtown on their way with McHarrie, Stuart Cluckie and Grant Carnochan adding another three by the break to one counter from the visitors. Crichton held their own in the second half as the home side strolled to the Final and fifteen minutes from time Robert Jamieson hit Crichton for six with the final goal of the match.
Mid-Annandale lost out in extra time in their Haig Gordon second round match against Abbey Vale by the odd goal in five with the teams sharing four goals in the regulation ninety minutes. Stuart Cameron opened the scoring for Vale in the fifteenth minute but Andy White and Nathan Muir scored for Mids before the break. With three minutes left to play Cameron levelled the match to send the tie into extra time before Greig Robertson scored the winner twenty one minutes into extra time. Vale now meet the winners of the Lochar Thistle versus Wigtown and Bladnoch tie in the semi-final stages.
Newtown Stewart are also through to the semi-final stages when they beat Heston Rovers by two goals to nil at Blairmount Park. Johnny Fisher opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he followed through to convert an effort from Lewis Dunn that had come off the upright. Eight minutes into the second half Newton struck again to seal victory when following a defensive mix-up the ball fell kindly for Dunn to slot home. St Cuthbert Wanderers kept up their challenge for the league title with a four goals to nil victory over Creetown at Castle Cary Park. Danny Graham scored the first goal after three minutes with Zak Caldwell adding a second in the thirty second minute. Craig Rudd made it three five minutes before the break and the same player added number four on the hour mark.
South Scene results from Saturday, April 26.
By John McNaught
Challenge Cup - Semi Final
Wigtown and Bladnoch 6 Crichton 1
Haig Gordon Cup - Second Round
Mid-Annandale 2 Abbey Vale 3 (after extra time)
Newton Stewart 2 Heston Rovers 0
South of Scotland League
Creetown 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers 4