Preston Athletic 1 – 4 Dalbeattie Star
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Dalbeattie remain hot on East Kilbride’s coat tails after a convincing but controversial win at the Pennypit. The kick off was delayed to enable the Dalbeattie players to arrive after problems on the roads.
Preston took advantage right away with a flowing move that involved Frazer Henderson and Neil Shave, Shave fired over a cross from the right that was met powerfully by Stuart Ritchie to bullet his header home, this was Crouchy’s 5th goal in 4 games.
On 20 minutes Dalbeattie equalised, a very harsh free kick was awarded on the edge of the box but Lewis Sloan curled his effort round the wall and into the net.
Both sides created chances and Henderson’s cross was scrambled to safety whilst Dalbeattie’s Tommy Muir was just wide with a header, the turning point of the match came on 30 minutes as Dalbeattie were awarded a penalty, a long high ball was not dealt with by Craig Pennycuick, and the ball appeared to hit Reece Cochrane just before Pennycuick finally gathered, the far side linesman flagged and the referee gave the penalty for alleged deliberate handball. Sloan scored his second as Pennycuick got fingertips to it.
Dalbeattie hit the post from a Lee Wells header, then a terrific run and shot from Henderson went wide.
Dalbeattie effectively sealed the points just after the restart as Tommy Muir volleyed home after a poor clearance from the Preston defence, however Preston continued to push and Titchie hit the post with a shot and then sent over a low cross that Henderson just could not reach. Then Neil Shave fired just wide when clean through on goal.
Deep into added time Iain Anderson completed the scoring after a breakaway as Preston pushed forward. The men from Dumfries leaving the Pennypit again with the points for the 4th season in a row.
Preston Athletic: Pennycuick, Cowan, Cochrane, Siegel, Colquhoun, Barclay, O’Rourke, Graham(K.Park), Henderson(Erskine), Shave(Lawson), Ritchie. Subs: Innes, Baines, Jardine, Law.
Dalbeattie Star: Parker, Baty, Thorburn, Dunglinson, Maxwell, Wells, Muir, Graham, Anderson, Sloan, McHarrie. Subs: Trialist, Degnan, Todd, Proudlock, Mason, Fergusson, Wilson.