Th­reave reach Ray­dale fi­nal

Short-handed side lose out to Kil­syth

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Kenny MacDon­ald

Th­reave Rovers boss Scott Wilby told how he is fac­ing a selec­tion night­mare due to hol­i­days and stag nights.

The ti­tle-win­ning manager has even been forced to scrap plans for a friendly this week­end due to a lack of numbers.

Wilby said: “We have not got a game be­cause we have a lot of the boys go­ing on Sean Mil­li­gan’s stag do in Belfast. “In fact, the ma­jor­ity of the team are go­ing - it’s crazy! “But these things hap­pen. “He was orig­i­nally try­ing to have his do on July 28 but I said no chance be­cause that’s our first game of the sea­son in the South League.

“We won the league last sea­son and as win­ners we have our first home game of the sea­son at Meadow Park.

“It is also the gala day so there is go­ing to be a good build up to the game and, fin­gers crossed, if the weather is de­cent then we should get a big crowd.

“Our pitch is look­ing good and we have Wig­town who are back in the league this sea­son which is good.

“I have a lot of time for their manager Mickey Dougan and want him to do well, just not against us!”

Mean­while, Wilby re­flected on his side reach­ing the Ray­dale Cup Fi­nal af­ter beat­ing hosts Gretna 2008 2-1 in the open­ing clash with goals from Steven Couper and Robert Middleton.

The Black and Whites hauled a goal back with a spec­tac­u­lar free-kick by Jake Smith from 25 yards while team mate Kevin Con­nolly had missed a penalty.

And in the other Ray­dale Cup semi fi­nal Kil­syth Rangers, with player manager Jim Thom­son tak­ing to the pitch, ditched Cleater Moor Celtic, from Cum­bria, 2-1.

Wilby said: “We beat Gretna 2-1 to make the fi­nal but once again there was an­other stag do and we were miss­ing nine play­ers.

“So we drafted in a lot of young boys from St Cuth­bert’s un­der-17s to help us out.

“We had a full team for the Gretna win and a weak­ened team for the fi­nal so that kind shows where we are at just now.”

He added: “We have the same squad for this sea­son and it is all about keep­ing ev­ery­body happy.”

Th­reave had fixed up a friendly with Palmerston Colts as we were go­ing to press.

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