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Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers

Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers

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Gala Fairydean Rovers completed a Lowland League double over local rivals Selkirk at Yarrow Park on Saturday, but they left it very late.

A Jamie Gibson tap-in was all that separated the sides going into the last five minutes but goals from Dean McColm and Sean Paliczka eventually put a truer reflection on the match.

The Braw Lads squandered a series of chances to wrap up the three points earlier on and not for the first time this season, came up against Selkirk goalkeeper Gregor Amos in inspired form.

Gala manager Steven Noble was just delighted to get the victory and end the season on a winning note.

He said:”We made it difficult for ourselves by the amount of chances we passed by, but the players kept working hard and they eventually got their rewards.

“It has been a tough season, but the players have acquitted themselves well at Lowland League level and we will strive to keep improving.”

Goal hero Gibson took his season’s tally to 17, but is already looking forward to next season.

He said: “It looked like one of those days for us when the ball wouldn’t go in.

“But we kept plugging away and it was good to finish the season on a high with a victory.

“I will be with the Dean next season and hopefully we can build on what has been achieved this term and keep getting better.”

Without his four French players and the suspended duo of Phil Addison and Daryl Johnstone, absent it was always going to be a tough ask for Selkirk boss Steve Forrest and he would have been proud of his players for going right to the end.