Saints lose out in eight-goal thriller

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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

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