Star beaten by late goal in derby match

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

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.

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