Saints lose out in eight-goal thriller
St Cuthbert Wanderers and Girvan served up a Scottish Cup thriller on Saturday.
The goals flew from the first minute to the last at St Mary’s Park as Girvan eventually triumphed 5-3.
Saints took the lead in the opening seconds through Andrew Donley only for Robert Paterson to equalise from the spot.
And the junior side looked well in control when Paul Cameron and Darren Mitchells scored before the break.
When Tyler Rennie was sent off and Michael Riley converted the free-kick, it looked to be game over.
However, Blair Dougan and Nathan Cannon scored to give Saints hope only for Riley to strike late on.
Saints co-manager Craig Fraser said: “I can’t fault the players. We started really well and scored inside the first minute. Just as we were getting a bit of momentum we conceded a soft penalty. From then until half time they had great impetus control. I think they were relieved to get back level so quickly and the goals we conceded were avoidable.
“We hadn’t played badly in the first half and I said to the boys at half-time if we got the next goal we would have a really good chance. However, after five minutes Tyler Rennie was sent off and they scored from the free-kick.
“We changed to three at the back to have a go and I think that caught Girvan out. We got a goal back pretty soon through Blair Dougan and were pushing for 10 or 15 minutes. When we got it to 4-3 we really pushed and we had an excellent chance when Richard Jones skimmed the bar from 20 yards. If the ball had gone on then I’d have thought the miracle was on.
“We were pushing for the goal and got caught by a sucker punch but it’s the Scottish Cup and I’d rather we lost 6-2 or 6-3 than just let it peter out.
“It was really encouraging throughout and the energy levels and will to win we showed at 4-1 was great.”
Saints made a spate of signings before the game following a raft of departures in recent weeks. Goalie Willie White and Robert Joe Paisley have come in with Stuart Maxwell and Seb Teneggi returning to the club.
The Kirkcudbright side were due to host Abbey Vale last night before welcoming Creetown to St Mary’s Park on Saturday.
The Castle Cary Park team have just undergone a managerial change with Keith Knox stepping down and goalie Harry Fidler taking over.
Fraser said: “Keith is a good manager and it’s obviously just not worked out for him there but I’m expecting a tough game.”
Game on Action from the St Cuthberts v Girvan Scottish Cup tie