Star beaten by late goal in derby match
Late goals continue to haunt Dalbeattie Star.
The Islecroft side have let a number of points slip through their hands this season after conceding in the closing moments in games.
And it happened again on Saturday as local rivals Gretna 2008 bagged a winner a couple of minutes from time to secure derby bragging rights at Raydale.
With Star boss Darren Kerr and assistant Gary Holden both absent, former player Ritchie Maxwell was left to take the team.
But they fell behind inside 20 minutes when the Star defence didn’t deal with a free-kick and Kevin Connelly headed past Vinnie Parker.
Tommy Muir was twice denied by keeper John Jamieson as the visitors tried to equalise but they fell further behind when Kingsley Grandison scored from 20 yards.
Parker denied Connelly adding to his tally to ensure Star still had a chance and their hopes of salvaging something increased when Lewis Todd rattled a shot past Jamieson 20 minutes from the end.
And soon after they were level as James Baty forced the ball home at a scramble.
But their hopes of a point – or even all three – disappeared two minutes from time when Connelly stabbed the ball over the line to put Gretna back in front.
That wasn’t the end of the drama as the goal was followed by a melee and
Gretna’s Jack Hunter was sent off.
That was soon followed by Star’s Steven Degnan getting his marching orders when he retaliated to a challenge.
The result leaves Star down in 13th place in the Lowland League, two points ahead of second bottom Vale of Leithen but eight better off than basement boys Hawick Royal Albert.
Kerr’s men now have a free weekend before facing South of Scotland League leaders in the SFA South Region Challenge Cup on October 21. Members and friends of Dalbeattie Bowling Club enjoyed their annual prizegiving and social on Saturday evening when president Alan Harris and SuzanneWykes handed out the trophies to the winners.