Re­play win puts Rovers in first round

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Stu­art Gille­spie

Th­reave Rovers are back where they be­long.

A Ro­man Soltys dou­ble against Glas­gow Univer­sity on Satur­day sent Th­reave into the first round of the Scot­tish Cup, where they will face Gle­nafton Ath­letic later this month.

And player/man­ager Scott Wilby be­lieves the re­sult shows the club is on the up.

He said: “The aim was to get into the Scot­tish Cup proper and that’s where the club should be.

“The club has been on a bit of a down­ward spi­ral for the last cou­ple of years but we’re the South team that’s lasted long­est.

“It was a great sup­port and the pitch was fan­tas­tic, the grounds­man had done a good job. For ev­ery good day there’s bad days but you take them when they come.”

Af­ter draw­ing 1-1 in the first game, the sides needed a re­play at Meadow Park to de­cide who would go through.

And Soltys struck twice in the sec­ond half to en­sure it was Th­reave who pro­gressed, de­spite a late goal for the visi­tors.

Wilby added: “The re­sult was the main thing and we got there in the end although we had a late scare when they got a penalty af­ter 75 min­utes and af­ter that it was a bit ner­vous.

“The first half was 50/50, they started well but we grew in con­fi­dence and had chances. Ro­man hit the post, Ben Irv­ing had a great chance and so did Dan Thom so we could have had a few goals at half time.

“In the sec­ond half

Ro­man had two tremen­dous fin­ishes and that put us in a com­fort­able po­si­tion un­til the ref­eree gave a penalty. It was very soft but we saw the game out.”

This Satur­day Th­reave host Abbey Vale in the first round of the SFA South Re­gion Chal­lenge Cup.

How­ever, coaches Sam War­ren and Michael Hous­ton are set to take charge of Th­reave as Wilby spies on their Scot­tish Cup

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