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EAST of SCOTLAND (ko 2. 30 pm)

Central Taxis Premier Division

Lothian Thistle HV v Leith Athletic  

Selkirk v Whitehill Welfare  

Stirling Uni v Spartans  

Tynecastle v Edinburgh Uni

Vale of Leithen v Gretna 2008

EAST AND SOUTH TITLES AT STAKE

A WIN Spartans in the East and Dalbeattie Star in the South will settle the two top championships.

Spartans travel to take on Stirling Uni what could be the decider after the Students were beaten in midweek by Edinburgh City.

Both have two games left but Stirling trail by three points.

If Spartans win they will retain the Premier League title but co-manager Mike Lawson has warned: “I’ve seen our game tomorrow described as the “title decider” but that’s not strictly true. There are three possible outcomes and only a win for us will decide the destination of the Premier League trophy.

“ Otherwise The Vale and Whitehill will have a say in who ends up on top of the pile.

“Stirling have taken East of Scotland football by storm I have described them as the Man City of our league.”

Lawson and co-boss Sam Lynch have praised their squad for they way they have coped with losing vital players, being thrown out of the Scottish Cup and playing three months away from home.

He added: “Despite some players not available, we have shown many times this season we have an adaptable squad. Sam and I are confident we have a team to go out and make a good account of themselves against the excellent Stirling side. It looks sure to be a cracker.”

Meanwhile in the South Dalbeattie are one point clear but have two games left. They clash with the champions Threave Rovers and can lift the title for the first time since 1989 if they win.

 

Tweedie Cup Final
Threave Rovers 1 Newton Stewart 1

(ABANDONED AFTER 60 MINUTES because of waterlogged pitch)

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers 5 Stranraer 2

STORM KO'S CUP FINAL

THREAVE Rovers and Newton Stewart will have to replay their Tweedie Cup final after a fierce thunderstorm and torrential rain caused the match to be abandoned at Meadow Park last night.

The teams were level at 1-1 when the referee took the teams off and the match is now expected to be played a week on Wednesday, May 16.

Robert John Paisley had put Newton ahead in 17 minutes but Darren Kerr scored the equaliser two minutes before the interval.

In the other match at St Mary's Park, St Cuthbert Wanderers came back from two goals down to beat Stranraer 5-2 with Justin Nicol scoring a hat-trick including two goals from penalties.

Stranraer started in fine form and Jamie McHarrie and Gary Smith put them two up in the opening 20 minutes. But Craig Rudd and a Justin Nicol penalty put Saints on level terms before the interval.

Saints controlled much of the second half and Nicol scored two more including another penalty with Liam Muir also finding the net to bring the tally to five.

FIXTURES: SOUTH of SCOTLAND 

Monday May 14 (ko 7.30pm)

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star v Newton Stewart
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Mid Anndandale

Wednesday May 16 (ko 7.00 pm)

Southern Counties Challenge Cup final
Queen of the South v Dalbeattie Star (AT GALABANK)

Tweedie Cup Final (7.30 pm)
Threave Rovers v Newton Stewart

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Heston Rovers

FRIDAY MAY 18

South of Scotland League (7.30 pm)
Stranraer v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Saturday May 19 (ko 3pm)

Haig Gordon Cup final
Dalbeattie Star v Threave Rovers

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers


STIRLING CONTINUE WINNING WAY

STIRLING Uni kept up their East Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 win to end Whitehill Welfare’s 14-game unbeaten run.

The students remain six points adrift of champions Spartans but have two games in hand and clash with them next weekend.

Stirling first team coach Alan Taylor said: ”We came through well for this was our fifth game in eight days.

“We’ve just got to try and get the three points from each game. It was good win for us and keeps our hopes alive.”

He added:”We’ve got three games this week and if we get nine points then we can cross the finishing line. But it’s a big, big ask.”

The students play Lothian Thistle tonight (MON) and then Edinburgh City in midweek and Spartans on Saturday.

They had to fightback after Alan Brown put Welfare ahead in 55 minutes but Paul Sludden equalised 10 minutes later with Liam Corr and Danny Denholm adding two more.

Leaders Spartans beat Tynecastle 3-0 with goals from Omar Kader, Chris Anderson, and Keith McLeod .

In the South League Dalbeattie Star moved four points clear at the top with a 4-2 win over Wigtown with goals from Stuart MacPherson, Hugh Cameron, Scott Milligan and Alex Maxwell.

Stranraer were 5-2 winners over Crichton with Blair Dougan hitting a hat-trick. Crichton had Lee True, Lee Sneider and Paul Leighfield sent off while Stranraer had Richard Jones red carded.


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RESULTS: SATURDAY May 5

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final
Newton Stewart 0 Threave Rovers 3

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final

Newton Stewart 0 Threave Rovers 3

South of Scotland League

Creetown 3 Heston Rovers 5

Mid Annandale 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1

Nithsdale Wanderers 1 Fleet Star 4

Stranraer 5 Crichton 2

Wigtown 2 Dalbeattie Star 4

EAST of SCOTLAND

Central Taxis Premier League

Edinburgh Uni 1 Edinburgh City 1

Selkirk 3 Gretna 2008 0

Tynecastle 0 Spartans 3

Stirling Uni 3 Whitehill Welfare 1

Vale of Leithen 1 Leith Athletic 0

Central Taxis Division One

Coldstream 1 Eyemouth United 3

Easthouses Lily 0 Duns 4

Gala Fairydean 2 Ormiston 1

Hawick RA 1 Kelso United 2

Heriot-Watt Uni 1 Preston Athletic 1

Peebles Rovers 0 Craigroyston 4

FOUR SENT OFF AT STAIR PARK

THE referee was almost the winner at Stair Park on Saturday when he dished out four red cards – one to home side Stranraer and three to Crichton.

In the end the young Blues side were 5-2 winners with Blair Dougan bagging a hat-trick.

Although there were four red cards both manager said they didn’t consider it to be a ‘dirty’ match and Crichton assistant Michael Possee said they were considering at least one appeal.

By the end of 90 minutes Crichton had three players red carded – Lee True, Lee Sneider and Paul Leighfield – while Stranraer had Richard Jones sent off.

Dougan hit two early goals for Stranraer and Gary Smith put them three ahead by the half hour mark before Elliot Johnstone pulled one back in the 35th minute.

Dougan completed his hat-trick and Jamie McHarrie got a fifth for the Blues with Brodie Turner getting a second for the visitors.

Stranraer still have two matches to play and manager Alan Hannah said it was just a case of getting as many points as possible. “I didn’t consider Saturday’s match a rough house or anything like that. We couldn’t understand some of the decision that were made by the referee.

“This weekend we’ve got a trip to Heston Rovers and then we finish the season next Saturday with a match at home to St Cuthbert Wanderers.

Threave Rovers reached their fourth final of the season with a 3-0 win over Newton Stewart in the Haig Gordon Cup.

They will now meet Dalbeattie Star in the final in two weeks time after Sean Milligan shot them into the lead in the 15th minute and Andrew Donley got a second five minutes before the break.

Donley reached his 50 goals for the season with a 60th minute strike as Threave eased through.

Threave boss Davie McVitie said: “That was our fourth game in seven days which is starting to take a toll on the lads.

“It’s a big ask on them but the boys have come good and Andrew is getting back in the scoring mood.”

He added: “We’ve a cup final on Monday night and then another two league games during the week, including one against Dalbeattie.”

In the South League Dalbeattie Star moved four points clear at the top with a 4-2 win over Wigtown as they strive for their first championship in more than 20 years.

Stuart MacPherson headed them ahead in 23 minutes but Grant Carnochan levelled seven minutes before the interval. Then a Hugh Cameron header in 43 minutes and two goals inside four minutes midway through the second half from Scott Milligan and Alex Maxwell put Star 4-1 up although Robert Jamieson pulled one back in 66 minutes.

Fleet Star beat Nithsdale Wanderers 4-1 but had to fightback after Roman Soltys opened for Wanderers after six minutes. But four minutes later Kevan Smith bundled the ball into the net and on 30 minutes Terry McKie headed Star into the lead. In the second half Kevan Smith got number three in the 55th minute and with ten minutes left Smith completed his hat-trick.

Heston Rovers were 5-3 winners over Creetown in a thriller at Castle Carie Park where the Ferrytoon side went ahead 17 minutes when Chris Mellon shot low past McCulloch. Nathan Thomson doubled their lead two minutes later with a shot from close in.

Heston’s Russell Jardine pulled one back with a shot from 18 yards on 31 minutes but back came the home side and Chris Mellon made it 3-1 just on the interval when he finished off a fine pass from Scott mazza.

Two minutes after the turn Steve Walker beat the oncoming goalkeeper Scott Dobson and chipped him from 18 yards. On 58 minutes a 25 yard shot from Steve Millar flew into the top left corner. Then after 74 minutes a Ryan Adamson shot from 16 yards also found the top left corner to make 4-3 to Heston and it was Ryan who completed the scoring with another fine strike from the edge of the box. '

Mid Annandale pulled off the shock of the day by beating St Cuthbert Wanderers 3-1 at Lockerbie. Carlos Crosbie and Grant Schoolar put them two up at the turn and two minutes into the second half Schoolar got a second when he shot through a ruck of players. Ben Irving pulled one back just before the end.


JOHNSTON TAKES OVER AS QUEENS BOSS

ALLAN Johnston, the 39-year-old veteran midfielder with Queen of the South has been appointed manager.

Johnston, who joined Queens 10 months ago, was due to take charge of Queens this weekend after manager Gus MacPherson and his assistant Andy Millen resigned at the weekend.

Their resignations came after Queens were relegated after losing to Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy by a 3-1 margin.

Johnston was tipped as being a candidate for the job earlier this week by retiring chairman David Rae And he said he couldn’t wait to get started in his new job.

Johnston said: I’m really delighted to be appointing manager of Queen and I can’t wait to get going.

"I want wait to stamp my own mark on the team and bring exciting and attacking football back to Palmerston, something the fans deserve.”

He added: “There has been a bit of doom and gloom about the club recently and I want to change it round.”

The appointment was made quickly so that the new management team would be in place before the contracts of players expires on May 15.

Last year MacPherson was left struggling to sign players for the new season and Queens never really got going.

In coming chairman Billy Hewitson was delighted with the appointment and said Allan would bring a wealth of experience to the club.

Johnston, a former Scottish internationalist, signed a one year deal with the Doonhamers last July and his experience during the current campaign was called upon.

He is an ex Rangers, Hearts, Sunderland, Kilmarnock and St Mirren player and was also out on loan to a number of other English clubs including Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday.

Mr Hewitson said : “He was player coach last year at the club and always made his intentions know that he wanted to move into management.

“He will be appointing a strong experienced No 2 to allow him to still play if he feels he can pass on his knowledge of the game to youngsters in the squad..”

He added: “We are delighted with the appointment and will give him every support to ensure he and the club meet our target of bouncing back up to Division One.”

Earlier this week he said the club was now in a good financial position and they would remain full time next season and try to bounce back to the top SFL Division in a season.

Hewitson added: “ It is our intention to remain a full time club and hopefully bring the players closer to Dumfries. Our plan is to bounce straight back up to the 1st Division and we intend to put the finances behind it to achieve our goal.”

Chairman David Rae was also delighted with the appointment and he was sure Allan would be a great asset to the club.

He announced this week that he had turned a second offer to purchase his shares and he would remain the biggest shareholder in the Palmerston Club.

Mr Rae said: “I said that we couldn’t dilly dally about and I’m glad the board has gone with this.

“He was the man I wanted and he now  has a final day’s training before he takes charge of his first match.

“The players will be out to impress now for most of the contracts run out on May 15. This removes all the uncertainty and Allan has tremendous experience.”

 


THREAVE LIFT CREE LODGE CUP

Wednesday May 2

Cree Lodge Cup Final
Threave Rovers 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 2

South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Mid Annandale 1 Queen of South 4

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star 7 Nithsdale Wanderers 0

DONLEY DOUBLE KO'S SAINTS

TWO goals from Andrew Donley in the space of fouor minutes early in the second half saw Threave Rovers lift the Cree Lodge Cup at Meadow Park last night. They beat St Cuthbert Wanderers 4-2 to win their first silver of the season.

Scott Wilby put Rovers ahead in the 6th minute from the penalty spot but four minutes later Craig Rudd levelled the scores. Then four minute before the interval Sam Warren chipped the Saints keeper to give his side a 2-1 interval lead.

It didn't last long for in 48 minutes Ryan McKie brought the scores back to 2-2 and it looked like game on.

Rovers had other ideas and top scorer Andrew Donley hit the net twice in the space of four minutes, one from a header, to change the game round. Saints had their chances on the night but failed to take enough of them and Roves lifted the cup.


In the South League Dalbeattie Star moved back to the top of the table with a 7-0 win over Nithsdale Wanderers with Scott Milligan hitting four goals to bring his season's tally to 60.

It took Star to the 19th minute to open the scoring with Milligan shooting them ahead and four minutes later Hugh Cameron added the second. Alex Maxwell got into the scoring act on the half mark and then Milligan got the goal of the game with delightful shot from more than 20 hards which went high into the top of the net.

The second half saw David Thomson of Nithsdale sent off after 58 minutes for a second yellow car and then Maxwell and Milligan added two more midway through with Jak Dingwall putting Star into seventh heaven near the end when he had only to tap the ball home.

Meanwhile Queen of the South reached the semi-final of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup with a 4-1 over Mid Annandale and now play Wigtown in the semi-final next Wednesday with the winners taking on Dalbeattie Star who are already in the final.

Liam Park put Queens ahead in the first half but five minutes after the turn Mids levelled the scores. After that the Queens youngsters piled on the pressure and goals came from Dean Crozier on the hour mark and Dean Smith in 70 minutes. In the last minute Robbie Vallance added number four for Queens.

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bCUP joy for Threave Rovers as they lift the Cree Lodge Cup Celebration time for Threave after a 4-2 win over St Cuthberts Threave celebrate with Andrew Donley after he scored the fourth Threave v St Cuthberts Threave Rovers v St Cuthberts

END OF SEASON FIXTURES

RESULTS: Wednesday May 2

Cree Lodge Cup Final
Threave Rovers 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 2

South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Mid Annandale 1 Queen of South 4

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star 7 Nithsdale Wanderers 0

THREAVE AND SAINTS IN CUP FINAL

THE big match in the South of Scotland tonight is at Meadow Park where Threave Rovers and St Cuthbert Wanderers clash in the final of the Cree Lodge Cup

Queen of the South's youngsters are in action and travel to Lockerbie to play Mid Annandale in the second round of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup. The winners will play Wigtown in the semi-final next Wednesday.

Dalbeattie Star are already through to the final but tonight Star play Nithsdale Wanderers in the South League and could go to the top if they take all three points.

The kick offs are all at 7.15pm.

Friday May 5 (ko 7.15 pm)

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final
Newton Stewart 0 Threave Rovers 3

Saturday May 5 (ko 3 pm)

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Heston Rovers
Mid Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star
Stranraer v Crichton
Wigtown v Dalbeattie Star

EAST of SCOTLAND (ko 2.30 pm)

Central Taxis Premier League
Edinburgh Uni v Edinburgh City
Selkirk v Gretna 2008
Tynecastle v Spartans
Stirling Uni v Whitehill Welfare
Vale of Leithen v Leith Athletic

Central Taxis Division One
Coldstream v Eyemouth United
Easthouses Lily v Duns
Gala Fairydean v Ormiston
Hawick RA v Kelso United
Heriot-Watt Uni v Preston Athletic
Peebles Rovers v Craigroyston

Monday May 7 (ko 7. 30 pm)

Tweedie Cup Final
Threave Rovers v Newton Stewart

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Stranraer

Wednesday May 9 (ko 7.30pm)

Southern counties Challenge Cup semi-final
Wigtown v Queen of the South

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Threave Rovers

Saturday May 12 (ko3pm)

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Crichton
Heston Rovers v Stranraer
Newton Stewart v Nithsdale Wanderers
Threave Rovers v Dalbeattie Star
Wigtown v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Monday May 14 (ko 7.30pm)

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star v Newton Stewart
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Mid Anndandale

Wednesday May 16 (ko 7.30pm)

Southern Counties Challenge Cup final
Wigtown or Queens v Dalbeattie Star

Southof Scotland league
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Heston Rovers

Saturday May 19 (ko 3pm)

Haig Gordon Cup final
Dalbeattie Star v Threave Rovers

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Nithsdale Wanderers
Stranraer v St Cuthbert Wanderers

bDalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Dalbeattie Star 7 Nithsdale 0 Dalbeattie star v Nithsdale Alex Walker is congratulated after scoring for Star

BIG CHANGES AT PALMERSTON

Queen of the South manager Gus MacPherson and his assistant Andy Millen have left the club after a disastrous season which has seen them relegated.

MacPherson, the former St Mirren boss took over the Doonhamers last summer on a 12-month contract but has now agreed to depart before the last game of thes season on Saturday.

The Doonhamers issued a short statement on their website on Monday afternoon which stated:

"The club would like to announce that Gus MacPherson and Andy Millen have left the club with immediate effect.
 
"Both the club,Gus and Andy agreed that it was in the best interests of both parties that we make the change now.
 
"The Directors of QOS would like to take this opportunity to thank Gus and Andy for all of their efforts in what has been a difficult season for all involved at the club. We wish them well for the future."

The writing was on the wall after Queens crashed to defeat against Raith Rovers on Saturday which meant the Doonhamers were relegated.

Meanwhile there are reports that the consortium that made an offer for chairman David Rae's shares has offered to purchase them once more.

A spokesman for the group said they were making the same offer as they did before despite Queens going down to Division 2.

bThe Dalbeattie goal under pressure from Newton Stewart The goalmouth scramble before Alex Maxwell shot home It's a goal... for Star as they level it against Newton Stewart but went on to lose 2-1 Stuart MacPherson tries an overhead kick

SOUTH & EAST PROGRAMME

RESULTS: Monday April 30

Tweedie Cup semi-final
Dalbeattie Star 1 Newton Stewart 2
Wigtown 1 Threave Rovers 1
(THREAVE won 4-2 on penalties)

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers P-P Stranraer (waterlogged pitch)

THREAVE AND NEWTON ON TOP

THREAVE Rovers and Newton Stewart will fight it out for custody of the Tweedie Cup after last night's semi-final ties.

Rovers scraped through 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 against Wigtown at Trammondford Park while Newton Stewart's Robert John Paisley slammed home a shot in the fourth minute of stoppage time to book their place with a 2-1 win over Dalbeattie Star.

The final will be held at Meadow Park, Castle Douglas next Monday night.

Newton Stewart surprised the strong-going Dalbeattie side that had won two trophies in the past two weeks and went ahead in the match at Islecroft Stadium when Johnny Fisher headed home a cross in the seventh minute. Star had several chances but keeper Harry Fiddler was in great form and held out until the 25th minute when a Lewis Sloan corner on the left was finally prodded over the line by Alex Maxwell for the equaliser after several attempts on the goal line.

In the second half Star had much of the play and dominated the midfield but couldn't penetrate the final Newton defenders and were caught several times as Newton broke away.
Star had their chances and on the hour mark Lewis Sloan struck the upright with a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Then Struan Parker's header came off the ba.
The game looked certain to go to penalties when suddenly Star gave away a needless free kick which saw the ball come out to Robert John Paisley who smacked a left foot shot into the corner of the net for a deserved winner.

Over at Trammondford Park Wigtown fought hard against Threave who started as favourites. But it was the home side that took the lead when Adam Dougan got the vital break for them in the 13th minute. But Threave were back on level terms in the 22nd minute when the referee spotted a hand ball in the box and Scott Wilby levelled the scores when he shot home the penalty.

The game ended at 1-1 and in the penalty shoot-out Threave won 4-2 after Wigtown missed two their spot kicks.

The other match due last night in the league between St Cuthbert Wanderers and Stranraer was postponed after Saints officials said St Mary's Park was waterlogged.

Wednesday May 2 (ko 7.15 pm)

Cree Lodge Cup Final
Threave Rovers v St Cuthbert Wanderers

South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Mid Annandale v Queen of South

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Wanderers

FRIDAY  May 4 (ko 7.15 pm)

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final
Newton Stewart v Threave Rovers

SATURDAY May 5 (ko 3pm)

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Heston Rovers
Mid Annandale v St cuthbert Wanderers
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star
Stranraer v Crichton
Wigtown v Dalbeattie Star

EAST of SCOTLAND (ko 2.30 pm)

Central Taxis Premier League
Edinburgh Uni v Edinburgh City
Selkirk v Gretna 2008
Tynecastle v Spartans
Stirling Uni v Whitehill Welfare
Vale of Leithen v Leith Athletic

Central Taxis Division One
Coldstream v Eyemouth United
Easthouses Lily v Duns
Gala Fairydean v Ormiston
Hawick RA v Kelso United
Heriot-Watt Uni v Preston Athletic
Peebles Rovers v Craigroyston

Monday May 7 (ko 7. 30 pm)

Tweedie Cup Final
Threave Rovers v Newton Stewart

bKenny Murray hands over the South League Cup to Dalbeattie Star joint captains Celebration time after Grant Parker scores Scott Milligan is brought down for the penalty Grant parker goes through

STAR LIFT SOUTH LEAGUE CUP

RESULTS: SATURDAY April 28

South of Scotland League Cup final
Dalbeattie Star 4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1

South of Scotland League
Fleet Star 1 Threave Rovers 6
Crichton 3 Creetown 0
Newton Stewart 7 Abbey Vale 1
Nithsdale Wanderers 0 Stranraer 1
Wigtown 4 Heston Rovers 5

East of Scotland

King Cup Semi-Finals
Whitehill Welfare P-P Spartans  

Central Taxis Premier Division
Civil Service Strollers 1 Lothian Thistle HV 6
Gretna 2008 1 Vale of Leithen 9
Leith Athletic 3 Stirling University 2
Selkirk 1 Edinburgh City 2

Central Taxis First Division
Berwick Rangers 2 Craigroyston 2
Duns 1 Heriot-Watt University 2
Eyemouth United 3 Kelso United    2
Gala Fairydean 6 Coldstream 0
14:30 Ormsiton 3 Peebles Rovers 2

SECOND TROPHY FOR DALBEATTIE

DALBEATTIE Star lifted their second trophy in the space of 10 days with a 4-1 win over St Cuthbert Wanderers.

They retained the South of Scotland League Cup with a three goal second half but struggled for the first 45 minutes.

Scott Milligan who has scored over 50 goals this season put Star ahead in 11 minutes when he broke clear but Dean Thomson fired home a free kick to make it level on the half hour.

Then a Milligan penalty, and strikes from Craig Fergusson and sub Grant Parker saw Star coast to victory.

In the South League Threave Rovers took over top spot again from Dalbeattie with a 6-1 drubbing of Fleet Star with Sam Warren hitting a hat-trick.

Martin Bell put Rovers ahead in 15 minutes but Kevin Jamieson levelled the scores on 30 minutes. Then Warren and Sean Milligan got two more before the turn. Threave were reduced to 10 men in 55 minutes when Phil Middlemiss was shown red but two goals from Warren and one from Andrew Donnelly saw them move two points clear at the top.

Newton Stewart were 7-1 winners over Abbey Vale with Robert John Paisley getting a hat-trick. Two from Paisley and one from Calum Dunn put Newton three up at the interval with second goals from Dunn, Paisley, Stewart Taylor and Martin Walsh while Robert McCormick got a consolation for struggling Vale.

A Sean Kevan goal in 88 minutes gave Heston Rovers a 5-4 win over Wigtown with defences under pressure for much of the game.Wigtown  opened the scoring after 12 minutes when Rob Jamieson shot from 12 yards and found the bottom corner of the net.

Jonathan Boyd equalised with a glancing header from eight yards six mintes later but Jamieson made it 2-1 for the home side in 20 minutes with a header from a corner.

William McMillan made it 3-1 on five minutes late with a low shot from 20 yards but Grant Learmont pulled one back with a fine header. On the hour mark a cut back from Steve Walker found Russell Jardine and he scored from  eight yards.

Jamieson scored his third goal a minute later to put Wigtown up 4-3 but then on 71 minutes an overhead kick from Walker eight yards out found the corner. It was end to end until the 85th min when Sean Kevan finished off a fine run from Ally Queen. to end a game which had plenty of entertainment and goals but was nerve wracking for both management teams.

Crichton got a 3-0 win over Creetown with goals from Mark Leighfield, Lee Sneider and Brodie Turner while in the other game Stranraer beat Nithsdale Wandererers 1-0.

The big game in the East between Whitehill Welfare and Spartans was washed out and in the East Premier League the big shock was the 3-2 defeat of title challengers Stirling Uni by Leith Athletic.

Vale of Leithen crushed Gretna 2008 9-1, their biggest defeat since joining the East.

bGrant Parker celebrates his goal against St Cuthberts CUP GLORY . . . Star celebrate their second cup in 10 days. Lewis Sloan goes over Scott Milligan scores from the penalty spot Dean Thomson levels the scores for Saints

SOUTH & EAST of SCOTLAND ROUNDUP

FIXTURES: SATURDAY April 28 (ko 3pm)

South of Scotland League Cup final
Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

South of Scotland League
Fleet Star v Threave Rovers
Crichton v Creetown
Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale
Nithsdale Wanderers v Stranraer
Wigtown v Heston Rovers

East of Scotland (ko 2.30 pm)

King Cup Semi-Finals
Whitehill Welfare v Spartans

Central Taxis Premier Division
Civil Service Strollers v Lothian Thistle HV
Gretna 2008 v Vale of Leithen
Leith Athletic v Stirling University
Selkirk v Edinburgh City

Central Taxis First Division
Berwick Rangers v Craigroyston
Duns v Heriot-Watt University
Eyemouth United v Kelso United
Gala Fairydean v Coldstream
Ormsiton v Peebles Rovers

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LAWSON WARNS AGAINST WELFARE DANGER

SPARTANS co-manager Mike Lawson is savouring this afternoon’s King Cup semi-final clash against Whitehill Welfare.

But he has warned that his side needs to be at their best against a side that will be ‘rarin’ to go.’

Spartans have stumbled to defeat in their last two matches but Lawson said: “I can’t think of a better wake-up call for our players at this important time of the season than a trip to Rosewell.

“You don’t need it to be a cup semi-final to make a meeting between Whitehill and Spartans a special occasion.”

He added: “With the home side’s current form, the fact a King Cup Final place is at stake and our recent stumbles, we expect the home side to be raring to go . We’ll need to be at our very best .”

 Spartans have been hit by injuries and call-offs and Lawson said: “Our small squad almost picks itself.  We have to sharpen up our passing, hit the target more and persuade Lady Luck to give us an even break this week.”

The winners will have to wait until next month for the other semi between Stirling Uni and Leith Athletic who meet in an a Premier League match today.

Uni can cut Spartans lead at the top to six points if they win and they will still have three games in hand.

 In the South Dalbeattie Star play St Cuthbert Wanderers in the final of the League Cup, one of three finals Star are in.

However, Threave Rovers can topple them from the top of the league if they beat struggling Fleet Star.

RESULTS: Wednesday April 25

Southern Counties Challenge Cup semi-final
St Cuthberts Wanderers 1 Dalbeattie Star 3

Round 1
Newton Stewart 2 Queen of the South 3

South of Scotland League
Creetown 5 Abbey Vale 1
Nithsdale Wanderers 4 Crichton 3

STAR MOVE INTO CUP FINAL

DALBEATTIE Star continued their great run with a 3-1 win over St cuthbert Wanderers to reach the final of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup - their third final of the season.

Scott Milligan and Stewart McPherson scored two in the opening eight minutes and although Stuart Cluckie pulled one back in the 15th minutes Milligan got a third 15 minutes into the second half.

Two Saints players ended up in hospital, Ben Irving with concussion and Craig Rudd with an injured knee.

In the first round of the Challenge Cup Queen of the South's youngsters beat Newton Stewart 3-2 and now meet Mid Annandale in the 2nd round next Wednesday.

A couple of Monday night's Scottish Cup runners up side suplemented the young Queens squad and they took an early lead at Blairmont Park which they held until half time. Newton's Bradley equalised at the start of the second half but Queens regained the lead with a quickfire double.

Newton pulled a goal back through Dunn and with time running out and both sides were reduced to ten men in seperate incidents as the game became heated. Queens held on despite a couple of late scares.
 
Creetown beat Abbey vale 5-1 to record their second victory of the season.

Nithsdale Wanderers came back from 3-1 down to beat Crichton 4-3 with Roman Soltys scoring all four goals.Soltys put Nithdale ahead early on but Brodie Turner and Elliot Johnstone gave Crichton a 2-1 interval lead. They went further ahead through Mark Leighfield goal early in the second half but then in a 15 minute spell starting on the hour mark, Soltys hit the back of the net three times.

FIXTURES: SATURDAY April 28 (ko 3pm)

South of Scotland League Cup final
Dalbeattie Star v St Cuthbert Wanderers

South of Scotland League
Fleet Star v Threave Rovers
Crichton v Creetown
Newton Stewart v Abbey Vale
Nithsdale Wanderers v Stranraer
Wigtown v Heston Rovers

Monday April 30 (ko7.15pm)

Tweedie Cup semi-final
Dalbeattie Star v Newton Stewart
Wigtown v Threave Rovers

South of Scotland League
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Stranraer

Wednesday May 2 (ko 7.15 pm)

Cree Lodge Cup Final
Threave Rovers v St Cuthbert Wanderers

South Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Mid Annandale v Queen of South

South of Scotland League
Dalbeattie Star v Nithsdale Wanderers

Saturday May 5 (ko 3 pm)

Haig Gordon Cup semi-final
Newton Stewart v Threave Rovers

South of Scotland League
Creetown v Heston Rovers
Mid Annandale v St Cuthbert Wanderers
Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star
Stranraer v Crichton
Wigtown v Dalbeattie Star

Monday May 7 (ko 7. 30 pm)

Tweedie Cup Final
Wigtown or Threave Rovers v Dalbeattie Star or Newton Stewart

bScott Milligan is congratulated on scoring against St Cuthbdert Wanderers on Wednesday night. St Cuthberts Wanderers 1 Dalbeattie Star 3 St Cuthberts Wanderers 1 Dalbeattie Star 3 St Cuthberts Wanderers 1 Dalbeattie Star 3 St Cuthberts Wanderers 1 Dalbeattie Star 3