By John McNaught
Nithsdale Wanderers will compete for the silverware having reached the final of the SCFA Alternate Cup after beating Creetown 5-1 in Saturday’s semi-final.
Stuart Bell found the net twice for the Sanquhar side with Stuart Campbell, Lori Johnston and Kevin Roy completing the scoring to give Nithsdale a fairly comfortable passage into the final of this particular competition.
Lochar Thistle will now play Mid-Annandale in the other semi-final having regained their good form to see of the challenge of Abbey Vale in a 3-1 victory.
Wigtown and Bladnoch continued their winning form in the South of Scotland League when they beat Lochmaben 3-0 at Lockerbie. In the 19th minute Blair Dougan was brought down inside the box and Robert Jamieson stepped up to score from the penalty spot to give the visitors and league leaders a slender half time lead.
Dougan scored a second for Wigtown in the 64th minute with Robert John Paisley scoring a third two minutes from time before being red carded along with Lochmaben’s Ally Sloan.
Second placed Mid-Annandale kept up their challenge at the top with a 6-1 victory over bottom placed Dumfries YMCA.
After five minutes play a Connor Murray cross was fired home by Dean Smith and ten minutes later Smith scored a second direct from a free kick from 20 yards out. In the 33rd minute Smith completed his hat-trick and two minutes from the break Ian Hiddlestone pulled a goal back for YMCA but right on the half time whistle Dean Smith turned provider for Luke Hammond to score goal number four for Mids.
With ten minutes left to play Smith was again the provider for Sean Dunbar as the Lockerbie side went nap and with two minutes left to play Sam Copeland found the net for goal number six. A young Threave Rovers team scraped a goal-less draw in their match at Meadow Park against Edusport Academy while Heston Rovers and Upper Annandale shared seven goals at Moffat with the visitors coming out on top by the odd goal.
Newton Stewart gave league champions St Cuthbert Wanderers a fright at St Marys Park in a very even contest with the match again sharing seven goals with the home side finding the winner in time added on. Ross McCrindle put the visitors ahead after 12 miniutes but Saints fought back to score two goals to give them a narrow lead at the break. On the hour mark the contest was all square again when Rory Drysdale found an equaliser and five minutes later the visitors again took the lead five minutes later when McCrindle fired home Newtons third goal. The Creesiders had the ball in the net for what would have been their fourth goal but it was ruled offside before the home side levelled the match at three goals each. With a share of the points looking likely Saints scored in the 93rd minute through Andrew Donley to give them three valuable points in the race for this seasons league title.
Results from Saturday 24th September, 2016
South of Scotland League
Dumfries YMCA 1 Mid-Annandale 6
Lochmaben 0 Wigtown and Bladnoch 3
St Cuthbert Wanderers 4 Newton Stewart 3
Threave Rovers 0 Edusport Academy 0
Upper Annandale 3 Heston Rovers 4
SCFA Alternate Cup – Semi Final
Nithsdale Wanderers 5 Creetown 1
SCFA Alternate Cup -Quarter Final
Abbey Vale 1 Lochar Thistle 3