In very wet conditions Gretna got the game underway and soon had Parker in action when Inglis fired in a long range effort which the Rovers keeper gathered at the second attempt.
A stray pass fell to Scott Milligan just in the home half and the Gretna striker calmly despatched the ball into the net past the advancing Parker in the tenth minute 0-1.
McGuffie almost made it two but his header was just wide of the goal after Thorburn had delivered an inswinging corner in the fifteen minute.
After a series of corners Gretna still only had the one goal advantage, an advantage that was to be over come when Donley broke down the right from an apparently offside position to run through and fire past the helpless Wright, 1-1 int he 32nd.minute.
Parker was the Threave saviour again when he denied Milligan a goalscoring chance at the expense of another corner. As the visitors piled on the pressure Rovers defending became more desperate with everything being thrown in front of the ball. However the home side survived on level terms at the break, 1-1.
The second half began with Gretna pushing Rovers back with Longcake instrumental in anything positive for the visitors, Anderson and Miliigan were up against a determined Rovers back four willing to commit everything to stop the duo from scoring. In fact their tactics worked until the 65th.minute when Parker spilled a Slattery long range effort with Milligan on hand to strike home the rebound, 1-2.
Play raged from end to end with both teams struggling to create an opening, Gretna's Anderson did have the ball in the net from a neat pull back by Longcake, but the official ruled the ball out of play.
As the game entered the latter stages play became a bit fragmented as Gretna ran down the clock
to finish the game 2-1 winners.
GRETNA FC (2008) :
G.Wright, J.Blake, G.Thorburn, R.McGuffie, A.Inglis, D.Addison, B.Longcake, A.Main, I.Anderson, S.Milligan, C.Graham. Subs : J.Slattery, S.Rudd, R.Halliday, D.Graham, D.Wallace, N.Cassidy.