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St Cuthbert Wanderers opened the South of Scotland League campaign with a win over Lochar Thistle.

Saints needed to come from behind in their first competitive match of the season. After conceding right before the break, three second half goals sealed the victory on an unnaturally sunny day in Dumfries.

Despite early domination, there wasn’t any significant goalmouth action until the 40th minute. A hashed clearance from a Lochar defender gave the home side their first scare, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and clear.

Thistle were sweating again, and not just because of the 30-degree-heat, Thomas Kelly’s curling effort from outside the box narrowly missed the target.

Our hosts survived the pressure and had a chance of their own, a quick free-kick was played wide and the cross was turned home by an onrushing Lochar attacker.

The second half started, with the same high intensity from Saints, pushing for an equalizer.

Saints finally found a way through when Dillon Black collected the loose ball from a corner and his looping cross-shot had too much on it for the home keeper, who could only palm it into his own net.

With the leveller secured Saints began to push to get themselves in front, but it wouldn’t be until the 77th minute that we finally took the lead. Black’s driving run fed substitute Luke Currie who threaded a great pass behind the Lochar defence for Kelly to slam home.

There was no settling for the one-goal advantage though, in the game’s dying embers Kelly turned provider for Currie. It was almost a carbon-copy of the second, Kelly this time the one to slide the through-ball for Currie to tuck home.

Saints begin their competitive season with a win and a well-earned three points.


Date Time League Season
17/07/2021 3:00 pm South of Scotland Football League 2021-2022

Lochar Thistle


1Jake Gemmell Goalkeeper
2John Renwick Defender
5Luke McMurtrie Defender
6Lewis Ebbs Defender
8Aidan Meechan Midfielder
9Ross Hunter 23 Forward
15Russell Williamson 24 Midfielder
17Thomas Kelly Midfielder
19Zac Hannay 7 Forward
20Dillon Black Midfielder
22Mark O’Rourke 16 Midfielder
3Cameron Taylor Defender
7Elliott Harris 19 Forward
16Jai Wilson 22 Forward
18Owen Hall Defender
23Luke Currie 9 Forward
24Patrick Callaghan 15 Midfielder
26Danny Bryson Midfielder
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