Early double downs Dalbeattie to extend unbeaten run

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Two goals inside the opening seven minutes sent Spartans on their way to a 1-2 victory against Dalbeattie Star and extend their unbeaten run in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League to ten games.

Spartans opened the scoring in the 5th minute when David Greenhill’s deep cross found George Hunter at the back post who leaped like a salmon to head home past Fraser Morton in the Star goal.

It was a double whammy for Dalbeattie a mere 90 seconds later when a probing Craig Stevenson free-kick was diverted past his own keeper by the unfortunate Jack Steele.

With five minutes left until the break, a dynamic run by Jack Beesley saw him skip past his marker to send a cross into the path of Ross Gray but it was the feet of Star keeper Morton that denied the striker from breaking his Spartans duck.

Half Time: Dalbeattie Star 0-2 Spartans

The second half really never got out of first gear for either side who struggled to play fast flowing football on the dry and unpredictable surface.

There was a chance on the hour mark for Star to halve the deficit when they were awarded a free-kick in front of their own dugout. The dead ball effort was fed into the box but thankfully for Spartans, it was headed over by Jack Steele. The striker’s momentum seeing the player and not the ball, find the back of Carswell’s net.

Shortly after, Hunter broke the Dalbeattie offside trap and raced to the bye-line before cutting back for Alan Brown who blasted over the bar.

A double Spartans substitution in the 72nd minute saw Beesley replaced by Scott Maxwell whilst opening scorer Hunter made way for Harry Girdwood, the 17 year old who starred in the Under 20s side’s victory on Friday evening, making his senior debut.  A further change five minutes later saw Gray trade places with Ewan Saunderson.

Then, with the game entering its final five minutes, Dalbeattie netted themselves a lifeline and set up a grandstand finish.

Paul Cook saw his shot well saved by Carswell, however Lewis Todd was the first to react and squeezed the rebound home despite the vocal appeals for offside from the visitors defence.

Star looked to press forward and salvage a point from their final league match of the season but Spartans defending resolutely and held on for the win.

Full Time: Dalbeattie Star 1-2 Spartans

Spartans: Carswell, Herd, Brown, Stevenson, Bruce, Greenhill, Beesley (Maxwell 72), Thomson, Hunter (Girdwood 72), Dishington, Gray (Saunderson 77). Unused: Gilpin (GK)

Malt and Hops Man of the Match: David Greenhill

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