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Degnan hat-trick hurts Humphrey's men.

GRETNA 2008 ........................2 DALBEATTIE STAR ....................4 Gretna's hunt for a first league win under boss Chris Humphrey goes on after they were edged out by Dalbeattie Star in Saturday's crucial derby.

Both sides were looking at the game as a good chance to kickstart a climb away from the lower reaches of the Lowland League table, but it was the visitors from Islecroft who claimed all three points thanks to a Steven Degnan hat-trick.

The Star striker proved deadly from the spot as he netted two penalties on seven and 23 minutes to put Ritchie Maxwell's side firmly in control heading into the break.

But Gretna came out with renewed purpose in the second half and levelled the game in dramatic fashion, with goals from Josh Dickinson and Dean Makunike within the space of two minutes putting the home side in the ascendancy.

However, they were to be hit with a decisive sucker punch when Degnan completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes and Phil Middlemiss scored a fourth on 72 minutes to ensure Star took home the spoils.

It means that Star move five points clear of bottom side Vale of Leithen, while Gretna remain on just a single point and propped up in the table by only Vale.

Both sides now take a break from the league for South Challenge Cup action this weekend, with Star facing Cumbernauld Colts on Friday night, while Gretna are also on the road to former Junior giants Linlithgow Rose.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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