10-man Fairydean hold on for victory

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Gala Fairydean Rovers mounted a spirited second half recovery to secure a victory over Civil Service Strollers and rose to 7th place in the league.

Steven Noble’s side struggled against the Edinburgh side in the first half, but it was a different Gala side who emerged in the second and despite being reduced to 10 men they held on for a valuable three points.

The Netherale side trailed to a 40th minute penalty, converted by Civil’s Jack Downie. Rreferee Craig Ferguson judged that Gala’s Jason Krones had fouled Joseph Dingwall in the box.

Noble took immediate steps and introduced Des Sutherland into attack during the interval, which paid dividends just five minutes later when Civil failed clear from a corner and the Gala striker was on hand to fire home the equaliser from six yards.

Gala took the lead just before the hour mark: Rangers loanee Jason Krones stepped up to take a free-kick from a central position outside the box and nonchalantly fired a shot past Burnside.

Things got even better for Gala on 67 minutes when Ross Aitchison completed a fantastic move by hammering the ball high into the net.

Churchill grabbed a lifeline for the visitors when he nipped in front of Wright on 85 minutes to score.

With just minutes remaining Gala’s Lee Stephen was red-carded: he was fouled and grabbed the ball to take the free-kick quickly, but Ferguson had not yet blown his whistle and Stephen issued a second yellow card for deliberate hand-ball.