THE SOUTH League Cup Competition started last Saturday with four first round and two second round fixtures being played which led to some very close ties.
The top first round tie looked like being at Maryfield where Heston Rovers entertained neighbours Crichton and, along with the match at Meadow Park between Threave Rovers and Newton Stewart, that is how it turned out.
Both these contests went to all the way to penalty shoot-outs with both ending up with a scoreline of seven to six in favour of the home sides.
Jardine opened the scoring for the home side after 15 minutes with Brodie levelling the match at one goal each 10 minutes later to send the teams in at the break all square.
Tweedie put Heston back in front on the hour mark with Mark Leighfield bringing the teams level again soon after to send the match into extra time.
Grant Learmont gave Heston the advantage in the first period of extra time with a curling effort but with five minutes left to play Crichton drew level again.
In the penalty shoot-out both teams scored with their first five penalties and in sudden death both scored their sixth with Steven Walker finding the net with Heston’s seventh to go through to round two.
The match at Meadow Park also went close with Threave Rovers and Newton Stewart playing out a one all draw over 90 minutes.
Calum Dunn gave the visitors the lead with Darren Kerr levelling the match to send it into extra time. The same two players scored in the extra time period for their respective teams which meant a penalty shoot out being required to find a winner.
Once again both teams scored with their first five efforts and both with their sixth penalties in the sudden death shoot out but Threave keeper Vinnie Parker saved Jason Gallacher’s effort and the Castle Douglas side progressed.
St Cuthbert Wanderers scored 10 against Fleet Star with only two in reply with Craig Rudd scoring four, Ryan McKie finding the net twice, added to singles from Ian Millar, Justin Nicol, Stuart Cluckie and John Kiltie.
Dale McCutcheon scored a first half goal for the home side with Charlie Thomson scoring a second consolation for Star near the end of the match.
Wigtown and Bladnoch eased home against Nithsdale Wanderers at Trammondford Park and were two goals to the good by the break. A third goal from Jamie McHarrie in the second half sealed victory for the home side.
In the second round cup holders Dalbeattie Star ran out comfortable winners against Abbey Vale by four goals to one with Scott Milligan opening the scoring in the 16th minute. Five minutes later Jak Dingwall added number two with Lee True drawing a goal back on the half hour mark for Vale.
Milligan restored Star’s two-goal advantage five minutes before the break and three minutes from the end of the match Hugh Cameron found goal number four to put Star comfortably through to the semi-final stages.
Mid Annandale are also through to the semi-finals by virtue of a three goals to two victory over Creetown at Castle Cary Park.
The visitors opened the scoring in the tenth minute through Darren Cowan when he scored from eight yards out from a cross from 17-year-old Matthew Copeland. Provider turned scorer three minutes later when Copeland latched onto a cross from the right from Chris Norvel when he turned the defender on the edge of the 18-yard box to run on and slip the ball under the advancing keeper.
Mids held the two goal advantage into the break and added another in the 61st minute through Copeland again with a shot from the edge of the box which dipped over the Creetown keeper for goal number three.
The home side then forced a fight back in the 63rd minute with Chris Mellon scoring from close in and John Patterson adding a second five minutes from time following a goal mouth scramble. However it was all too little and too late for Creetown and Mid Annandale will now play Dalbeattie Star in the semi-finals.
Results from Saturday:
South League Cup – round one: St Cuthbert Wanderers 10 Fleet Star 2; Heston Rovers 3 Crichton 3 after extra time – Heston won 7-6 on penalties; Wigtown and Bladnoch 3 Nithsdale Wanderers 0; Threave Rovers 2 Newton Stewart 2 after extra time – Threave won 7-6 on penalties
Round Two: Creetown 2 Mid-Annandale 3; Abbey Vale 1 Dalbeattie Star 4
All the fixtures in the South of Scotland League were victims of the weather last Wednesday night except the one at Galabank between Mid Annandale and Nithsdale Wanderers where the visitors ran out winners by four goals to two with Dale’s Davy Thomson scoring all four goal for the visitors.
A free header at the back post put the home side ahead after seven minutes with Darren Cowan levelling the match on the 20-minute mark through a Darren Cowan free kick.
Eight minutes later Thomson put the visitors ahead again when he chipped the keeper from 10 yards.
Five minutes from the break Cowan levelled the match with a volley from long range but in the 66th minute Thomson restored Nithsdale’s lead and made sure of the points seven minute from time with another headed effort.