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Dalbeattie Star
Vale of Leithen
R Green (15')
Full time
L Ireland (31')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - GeoSonic Scottish Lowland League - LOWLAND LEAGUE Attendance 117



Star’s disappointing league campaign ended with them sharing the points with a dogged Vale of Leithen, despite dominating the vast majority of the match.

The Scottish climate can be strange at the best of times and just a week after suffering the Baltic conditions of Galashiels, it was a tropical, sun kissed Islecroft that welcomed the supporters. Unfortunately there is always a downside to this fine weather, and yes, Dinger had his vest on. The Innerleithen side has been struggling with player numbers recently and they arrived in Dalbeattie with just eleven players, but at least keeper Ross Gilpin was available to play this week which meant manager Chris Anderson would play in midfield and not in goal as he did last week.
For a so called meaningless end of season match, there was enough needle in the game to keep the fans entertained and both sets of players went all out to win the match and not simply go through the motions. Knowing they had no substitutes, the visitors had to pace themselves throughout the whole match but the home side dominated possession. They opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a good move down the left that ended with Scott Milligan’s square pass finding full-back Ross Green at the edge of the six yard box and he managed to flick the ball past Gilpin and it trundled into the far corner of the net.
The home side looked in control but were unable to add a second and just after the half hour Liam Ireland collected the ball some 25 yards and beat Star trialist keeper, Taylor Hall, with a superb curling effort that gave the keeper no chance whatsoever. This was a crucial strike for the visitors and gave them something to hang onto the whole afternoon. Star almost regained the lead within two minutes when Ben Irving capitalised on a defensive error and charged into the penalty area but unfortunately his shot smacked off the far post and the rebound fell kindly for Vale and the ball was cleared. Five minutes later Liam Park burst clear but this time it was keeper Gilpin who came to his sides rescue as he saved with his legs.
The second half had the same pattern as the first and Gilpin saved another one on one, this time denying Irving from close range. On the hour Ireland called Star’s trialist keeper into action forcing him into a decent save but most of the action was at the other end. Star kept their patience rather than just lump the ball into the penalty area and hope for the best, but the Vale defence was resolute and the home side struggled to break them down in the final third. Milligan tried his luck from distance but his superb strike struck the top of the crossbar with Gilpin well beaten. With time running out Lee Wells’ driven cross was just inches away from Curtiss Wilson in the centre but as Star piled men forward they were almost caught by a sucker punch. However Aiden Kerr raced back and made a match saving tackle as a Vale forward raced clear and it received a louder cheer than Ross Green’s goal.
Both sides had big chances in stoppage time. Firstly the home side went close when Lewis Sloan’s corner was headed back across goal by Wells where Ross Thomson outjumped the Vale defence but at full stretch his header was just inches over the top. With just seconds left Ireland beat the offside trap and he tried to beat the Star keeper by dinking the ball over him but he made a bit of a mess of it and Hall made an easy save. In the end the points were shared but at least Star knew beforehand their Lowland League status was safe and plans can now begin to prepare for a vital season that will begin in three months. There is still a League Cup campaign that kicks off next week to look forward to, and any success in it will be a bonus.
Green (15) Ireland (31)
HT 1-1
DALBEATTIE STAR: Hall, Wilson, Green (A Kerr 78), Wells, Thomson, Cameron, Park, Cowie, Irving, Miliigan, O’Sullivan (Sloan 66)
Subs not used: McConaghie, Pipe, Maxwell, D Kerr
Yellow Cards: Wells
VALE OF LEITHEN: Gilpin, Rixon, Berry, McBride, Blaikie, Rossi, Smith, Anderson, Trialist, Ireland, Underhill
Subs not used: None
Yellow Cards: Blaikie, Ireland, Rossi

Key moments

Goal Ross Green scores for Dalbeattie Star
Goal Liam Ireland scores for Vale of Leithen

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83:00 Yellow Card
Lee Wells is yellow carded for Dalbeattie Star
78:00 Sub Off
Ross Green is substituted off for Dalbeattie Star
78:00 Sub On
Aiden Kerr is substituted on for Dalbeattie Star
66:00 Sub Off
Farrel O'Sullivan is substituted off for Dalbeattie Star
66:00 Sub On
Lewis Sloan is substituted on for Dalbeattie Star
64:00 Yellow Card
Gerrard Rossi is yellow carded for Vale of Leithen
53:00 Yellow Card
Liam Ireland is yellow carded for Vale of Leithen
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Jack Blaikie is yellow carded for Vale of Leithen
31:00 Goal 1 - 1
Liam Ireland scores for Vale of Leithen
15:00 Assist
Scott Milligan makes an assist for Dalbeattie Star
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ross Green scores for Dalbeattie Star
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dalbeattie Star
  • Vale of Leithen
  • 0
  • Ross Green Goal 15:00'
  • Scott Milligan Assist 15:00'
  • Liam Ireland Goal 31:00'
  • Jack Blaikie Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Liam Ireland Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Gerrard Rossi Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Farrel O'Sullivan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Lewis Sloan Sub On 66:00'
  • Ross Green Sub Off 78:00'
  • Aiden Kerr Sub On 78:00'
  • Lee Wells Yellow Card 83:00'

Team selection

1, Trialist 1, Trialist
Wilson, Curtiss Wilson, Curtiss
Green, Ross Green, Ross
Cowie, Calvin Cowie, Calvin
Thomson, Ross Thomson, Ross
Cameron, Hugh Cameron, Hugh
Park, Liam Park, Liam
Wells, Lee Wells, Lee
Milligan, Scott Milligan, Scott
Irving, Ben Irving, Ben
O'Sullivan, Farrel O'Sullivan, Farrel
Vale of Leithen
  • 1. Liam Ireland
  • 2. Jack Blaikie
  • 3. Gerrard Rossi
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League round up

Other LOWLAND LEAGUE results

BSC Glasgow
East Stirlingshire
Edinburgh University
Edusport Academy
University of Stirling
Gretna 2008
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Kelty Hearts
East Kilbride
The Spartans
Cumbernauld Colts


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Edusport Academy 28 33
10. University of Stirling 28 31
11. Edinburgh University 28 30
12. Gretna 2008 28 29
13. Vale of Leithen 28 29
14. Dalbeattie Star 28 22
15. Whitehill Welfare 28 12

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