Collins comeback marked by ‘raker’ of a goal to beat Star

Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.
Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.
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Gala manager Steven Noble hailed Kyle Collins’ 25-yard volley on Saturday as a goal fit to win any match, writes Robert Fairburn.

The 23-year-old has only just returned to the Netherdale club after a year spent coaching soccer in American colleges.

But he proved to be the 55th-minute matchwinner at Dalbeattie’s Islecroft Park to give Gala a welcome three Lowland League points.

Noble said: “The pitch was really heavy and both teams had to adapt to the conditions.

“We had a depleted squad with guys missing for one reason or another, and had a 15-year-old and 16-year-old on the bench. But everyone did an excellent job and it was a massive effort to win the game.

“Kyle’s goal was an absolute raker and it was worthy of winning any match.

“The target now is to get a run of results going and continue the climb up the league table.”

Jamie Gibson had the visitors’ best chance set up by Stuart Noble on 20 minutes, but his low shot was brilliantly saved by Euan Drysdale in the Star goal.

Gala keeper John Dodds was called upon five minutes later and also saved well from Liam Park.

The second half was 10 minutes old when Collins produced the magic moment with his 25-yard half volley, giving Drysdale no chance, screaming into the top corner of the net to the delight of his team mates and bench.

The game was finely balanced for the rest of the half, however, the visitors held out to ensure an enjoyable bus journey home.