Four-goal Vale make Saints pay for the sin of sitting back

Vale of Leithen 4

St Cuthbert Wanderers 1

SOUTH CHALLENGE CUP FIRST ROUND

DAVE RYCE reports from Victoria Park

WHEN you have two clubs both featuring saints on their crests, it may be useful to consider some background first. St Ronan was quite the tenacious type who gave his opponent – no less than the devil himself – what for with his staff to drive him out of Leithen Valley. St Cuthbert, on the other hand, was a bit of a hermit who didn’t get out much and wasn’t even interested in taking up the post of bishop to which he’d been elected.

Those accounts may be steeped in mythology, but still serve as a useful parable for this match.

Wanderers took the lead in the fourth minute when Gary Redpath released a pass for striker Paul McClymont to run on and slot the ball home. But the South of Scotland side then retreated into their shell as Vale proceeded to drive their opponents out of the cup.

Within two minutes the Innerleithen men had equalised, Scott Moffat glancing in a Jamie Lauder cross before another Lauder cross was met by John Hall, who forced the ball home.

Vale bagged a third 10 minutes into the second half. Kerr Dodds picked up the ball around 30 yards out and took a short run forward before hammering a glorious strike high into the net.

Dodds grabbed Vale’s fourth in the 70th minute as his shot took a wicked deflection off defender Adam Johnstone to wrong-foot Saints keeper Shaun Hutchison.

Vale: D. Walker; J. Hall, J. Lauder, R. Miller, P. Lee, P. Greenhill (P. Doohan 73), A. Martin (C. Beaton 73), K. Dodds, S. Moffat, S. Radzynski, D. Gillon (G. Cole).