Crichton 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 3 (Crichton win 6-5 on penalties)
Crichton prevailed in a penalty shoot-out after a thrilling game against St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Roman Soltys put them in front and while Craig Rudd scored a spectacular leveller, good work from Mark Leighfield saw Soltys score again before half-time.
Rudd equalised again in the second half before Soltys scored from the spot, only for Alex Walker to level things up once more.
That brought about a penalty shoot-out and it was Crichton who progressed thanks to Rab McColm, who scored one penalty before saving the next one to send his side through.
Delighted Crichton chief Jim Thomson said: “We kind of went for it a wee bit, we decided to push forward as we’re not in a position where we can play the same team each week with the availability of boys. We had as strong a side as we’ve had in the past few weeks and it showed. We competed and challenged for everything and got our just rewards.
“We had a game plan and in the first half it certainly worked. Roman’s first two goals were both results of Mark Leighfield making his presence felt. I’ve got to say it was a good strike from Rudd and Roman’s first one was good as well.
“I said to them at half-time that they were more than capable of winning the game but it was all about application and the mental side, not the physical side or the ability. The last thing I wanted for them was to let themselves down and they certainly didn’t do that.
“A lot of people say it was a dubious penalty but the referee pointed to the spot right away. If it was against us Id be a bit annoyed but I’d be more annoyed at my defenders than the referee. I asked him afterwards and he said he’d been pushed in the back.
“They pressed after that and over the whole they probably had more possession and from a south perspective they had a lot of experience playing and we had a lot of young boys. We were always in front but they always looked to have more of the ball.
“They’re a good side and player for player are probably better.
“Rab McColm was terrific in goals and scored one of the penalties. It’s the first penalty shoot out we’ve won for a while so hopefully it can spur us on.”
Fleet Star 0 Threave Rovers 10
After taking their first win of the season Fleet Star were brought back down to earth with a bump when they were thrashed by Threave Rovers.
Jamie Struthers put them in front midway through the first half when, despite looking offside, he ran through to score. His second arrived in the 34th minute when he got the ball 12 yards from goal and turned and shot home.
Scott Wilby headed Threave further in front from a corner four minutes later before scoring from the penalty spot five minutes from the break.
Star stemmed the tide until 20 minutes from the end when Struthers completed his hat-trick from a cross from the left, which sparked the beginning of a goal spree.
Ross Murray slotted home a loose ball from close range in the 76th minute and a couple of minutes later Sam Warren got the seventh.
Murray scored again six minutes from time when he scored from 15 yards before Warren produced the goal of the game for his second when he curled a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
And in the final minute Struthers got his fourth as he took the score into double figures.
Star coach Tommy Maxwell said: “It was a disastrous last 20 minutes as it was still 4-0 with 70 minutes gone. It was a dubious first goal but we can’t do anything about that – we don’t seem to get the breaks but everybody makes mistakes.
“It was a one sided game, Threave had all the possession and it was a case of hanging on. We were determined we weren’t going to play five across the back, four across the middle and make it hard.We kept our same 4-4-2 as usual and had a go. It just didn’t work to plan.
“We got someone injured in the first 10 minutes and had to play our only fit sub, a centre forward, at leftback. Our rightback was really a forward going player too but that’s just the way it was.
“Two or three boys were carrying niggles near the end – it was a heavy park and it’s the same for both teams, but it’s easier when you’re winning than when you’re losing.”
Newton Stewart 5
Mid Annandale 0
Newton Stewart thrashed Mid Annandale 5-0 to make it through to the second round.
It came just a week after Mids won 2-0 at Galabank but Newton showed things would be different after just a quarter of an hour when Calum Dunn scored.
New signing Liam Muir got the second after a fine run just before the break before Jonathan Hill rattled in the third from 20 yards.
Good work from Martyn Henry saw Micky Sutherland getting the fourth 17 minutes from the end, Muir getting his second five minutes later when he headed home a corner.
South of Scotland League
Abbey Vale 4
A late Creetown comeback couldn’t stop Abbey Vale taking all three points.
They took the lead after 16 minutes when Lee Malin pounced on a poor clearance and teed up Clark Chambers to score. The sides went in level at the break when the ball bobbled about in the Vale box and Craig Henry forced it home after half an hour.
Two minutes into the second half Lewis Walker restored Vale’s lead when he came in from the right before shooting home and Creetown’s hopes were dented further soon after when Andy Houston was sent off.
Malin had Vale further in front when his fine shot from the left found the net after clipping the post and Jordan Brown looked to have sealed things 10 minutes from time when he picked his spot to score from 18 yards after a great passing move.
But a minute later Russell McQuaker got one back with a terrific strike from 25 yards and two minutes later the same player scored again to set-up a nervy ending as the home side just held on.
Vale player/manager Keith Stenton, who had to make do without nine players due to injuries and work commitments, said: “At 4-1 up it shouldn’t have been so tight at the end. We got sloppy and took the foot off the gas.
“Fair play to Creetown as they had a real go but I feel we missed a lot of chances that should have made it more comfortable. Our fourth goal was a great team goal with around 15 passes before Jordan Brown smashed it home.
“Lewis Walker had an excellent game, also scoring, but it was his last game as he is heading back to California so I wish him all the best and thank him for all his help.”
Disappointed Creetown manager Callum Henderson said: “We showed quite a bit of fight and desire to get back into the game and could possibly have got something out of it, especially if the second goal had come a bit earlier.
“We had a half chance in the last couple of minutes but apart from that didn’t really create anything after we got it to 4-3.
“It’s encouraging we were able to come back and give ourselves a fighting chance, especially with 10 men. We possibly caused them more after they went down to 10 men than with 11 – we adapted the way we were playing.
“I’ve not spoke to anyone other than a referee who thought it was a red card – even the boy who was fouled thought it was a booking – so from that point of view we thought it was very harsh.”