Dal­beat­tie hang on in Low­land League

The Galloway News - - MOTORSPORT | SHOOTING - Stu­art Gille­spie

Dal­beat­tie Star will play Low­land League foot­ball next sea­son.

Satur­day’s game against sec­ond bot­tom Vale of Lei­then was all but ir­rel­e­vant af­ter the Bor­ders side could only draw 4-4 with Cum­ber­nauld Colts on Wed­nes­day night.

Re­lieved Star boss Dar­ren Kerr said: “I was glad it was over on Wed­nes­day night. I went up to watch it and it was a strange game. Cum­ber­nauld started off well and then were 3-0 down but they fought back and in the end could have won it.

“A point was enough for us and it meant we could go into Satur­day a bit more re­laxed and try a few dif­fer­ent things with one eye on the cup game.

“It’s been a dif­fi­cult sea­son but there’s maybe only been a cou­ple of games, such as Spar­tans and Satur­day, where we de­served to lose, the rest of the time we’ve been unlucky or we’ve been short of num­bers.

“Hope­fully Cow­den­beath can beat Cove and Vale of Lei­then can stay in the league too.”

Vale took an early lead on Satur­day through Jor­dan Fin­nie but any hopes of them com­plet­ing the nine-goal win they needed to over­take Star van­ished when Tommy Muir headed Star level.

In the sec­ond half Vale re­took the lead through Fin­nie be­fore Lewis Sloan and Muir hit the bar for the hosts.

The league sea­son ended with a flurry of goals, Tommy Pat­ter­son scor­ing from the spot af­ter Mark McKenna had fouled Chris Pat­ter­son be­fore Fin­nie com­pleted his hat-trick with a sec­ond penalty, Vin­nie Parker foul­ing Sean Ste­wart.

Liam Park had a goal dis­al­lowed for Star be­fore they scored a con­so­la­tion goal in stop­page

time, subs Corey Thom­son and Ally Ma­son com­bin­ing for Hugh Cameron to head home.

Kerr said: “We played OK in the first half. We lost an early goal which wasn’t good but for the rest of the first half we were OK.

“The sec­ond half was a poor af­fair. It was typ­i­cal end of sea­son stuff and it pe­tered out. We made subs, we didn’t play our strong­est 11 and we gave away two silly penal­ties. We were never in dan­ger of los­ing by nine goals. It’s been a dif­fi­cult sea­son and the im­por­tant thing was just stay­ing in the league.”

Star’s sea­son isn’t quite over. Last night, they were due to face Abbey Vale in the South of Scot­land Chal­lenge Cup semi fi­nals, the win­ners fac­ing Abbey Vale or Bon­ny­ton This­tle in the fi­nal. It’s a com­pe­ti­tion Star won last year and they hope to re­tain it.

Kerr said: “If we could win the cup it would be a fan­tas­tic end to the sea­son. Hope­fully we can beat Abbey Vale and then we’ve a two-week wait to the fi­nal.”

Ac­tion Jamie McHar­rie fights for the ball dur­ing the Dal­beat­tie v Vale of Lei­then match

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