South of Scot­land League round-up

The Galloway News - - DRIVETIME EXTRA -

Cree­town 0 Mid An­nan­dale 9

Mid An­nan­dale ham­mered a Cree­town side that ended up with just nine men.

Con­nor Gra­ham opened the scor­ing af­ter just a minute when he headed in Benji Wag­ner’s cross, Dean Smith adding the sec­ond af­ter 10 min­utes.

Smith was brought down in­side the box three min­utes later but Cree­town player/man­ager Harry Fi­dler saved Dar­ren Dun­bar’s penalty.

Twenty min­utes later Mids had an­other penalty but Fi­dler once again kept it out, this time deny­ing Zak Cald­well.

But six min­utes later Mids fi­nally added their third through Luke Ham­mond, Wag­ner curl­ing home the fourth soon af­ter.

And just be­fore the break Cree­town’s woes deep­ened as Rob­bie Smith was sent off.

Six min­utes into the sec­ond half Gra­ham added his sec­ond, Smith get­ting his brace soon af­ter as Cree­town then had Robert Dargie dis­missed.

Smith com­pleted his hat-trick be­fore Mids fi­nally found their mark from the penalty spot, Ham­mond and Gra­ham both con­vert­ing spot­kicks.

It was a dif­fi­cult few days for Cree­town as they lost 7-0 to Stran­raer re­serves on Mon­day night.

Last night they were due to take on He­ston Rovers be­fore fac­ing Lochmaben at Cas­tle Cary Park on Satur­day. Abbey Vale 3 Up­per An­nan­dale 2 Abbey Vale look set to fin­ish a fine fifth in the South of Scot­land League af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Up­per An­nan­dale on Mon­day night.

Two Joe Usher goals gave Up­pers the lead at Mary­field Park be­fore a sec­ond half hat-trick from Graeme Bell saw Vale com­plete a re­mark­able vic­tory.

Co-man­ager Allan Clark said: “We were ter­ri­ble in the first half. They only had 11 play­ers and lost one to in­jury and went 2-0 up!

“We were atro­cious but we were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half.

“Graeme has been out in­jured and he hasn’t played since the semi-fi­nal against Niths­dale so we’re de­lighted with him.

“He played 80 min­utes be­fore he had to come off but he won’t be there on Wed­nes­day.”

The sides were due to meet again last night in the first round of the Cree Lodge Cup, the next round due to be played on Satur­day.

And on Wed­nes­day Vale host Low­land League side Dal­beat­tie Star in the semi-fi­nals of the South of Scot­land Chal­lenge Cup.

Clark added; “It’s calmed down a wee bit now that the league’s fin­ished. It was a bit fran­tic for a few weeks.

“I think we will fin­ish fifth but even if we don’t it’s still been a tremen­dous end to the sea­son. In our last 11 games we’ve won 10 and drawn one.”

There was good news for Vale’s Hay­den Edgar on Satur­day night as he was named in the South of Scot­land League’s team of the year.

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