Fairies beat Selkirk, but could lose Patterson

Football Festival. SBJFA cup final.Gala Fairydean v Selkirk
Football Festival. SBJFA cup final.Gala Fairydean v Selkirk
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Gala Fairydean coach Fred Blackie could lose Tommy Patterson to Cowdenbeath after the striker tormented the Selkirk backline to cap a league and cup double.

Patterson, who hails from Selkirk but turned out for the Dean’s senior side last month despite being only 14 years of age, has attracted the attention of the Blue Brazil.

He and his Gala team-mates thoroughly deserved their victory over Selkirk, who were missing five players on a school trip to France.

Blackie said: “We knew Selkirk were short-staffed today, but we didn’t play our best game.

“It is great to get the double, however, and we are keeping this side together and planning to run two under-17 teams next season. We are not sure what will happen with Tommy yet, but the rest of the guys are stepping up.”

Despite being huge underdogs, Selkirk started well and Chris Stansfield hit the post before Martin Jeffrey opened the scoring for Gala. The Souters grabbed a shock equaliser in the second third of the game as Stansfield’s cross was finished well by Fraser Easson.

However, within a couple of minutes, Jeffrey scored again and an own goal made it 3-1 at the end of the second third.

Goals from Tyler Jeffrey, Patterson and Jake Grierson completed the scoring for Gala.