Young­ster scores on de­but

The Galloway News - - DRIVE TIME EXTRA - Stu­art Mc­Far­lane

Dalbeattie Star pro­duced an eight- goal blitz in cup ac­tion at the week­end – in­clud­ing a strike by new boy Lloyd Pipe.

The Isle­croft side be­gan the de­fence of their South­ern Coun­ties Chal­lenge Cup ti­tle with an 8-0 win away at New­ton Ste­wart and seven play­ers on tar­get.

The vis­i­tors took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to strikes by Con­nor Gra­ham and Ross Green be­fore pil­ing on the goals in the sec­ond pe­riod through Ally Ma­son, Lewis Todd, Lewis Sloan and Lloyd Pipe with a dou­ble f rom Ross Thom­son com­plet­ing the scor­ing.

Star had played just once in six weeks be­fore Satur­day’s win and gaffer Dar­ren Kerr said the game pro­vided the per­fect chance to blow away the cob­webs.

He said: “It was the right game for us to get bed­ded in again and we were able to use most of the squad, in­clud­ing start­ing some of the younger play­ers who haven’t had as much game time.

“We played well in the sec­ond half, al­though I was dis­ap­pointed with our fi­nal ball in the first half but that was down to a bit of rust.

“It was great to see young Lloyd Pipe come on and score after we signed him last week. And Ally Ma­son also man­aged to score with his first touch, so that was pleas­ing to see.

“It gives me a bit of a se­lec­tion headache for Satur­day, which is a bonus.”

It’s back to Low­land League ac­tion on Satur­day with a trip to eighth-placed Ed­in­burgh Uni, who pre­vailed 3- 2 when the sides met at Isle­croft in Oc­to­ber.

But Kerr be­lieves the match is a good chance to get back to win­ning ways and re­store con­fi­dence ahead of five more games in the fes­tive pe­riod.

He said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to league busi­ness.

“We were un­lucky to lose the last game. They ben­e­fited from a cou­ple of de­flec­tions for their goals and then went on a good run which shows how a few wins can re­ally change a sea­son.

“There’s a big month ahead for the squad with four games be­fore the turn of the year and a big match against Gretna just after New Year, so it’s a chance to pick up some points.”

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