Scottish Cup round two
Gala Fairydean 0
IT was a gallant attempt to hold back the floodwaters, but it was only a matter of time before Gala Fairydean Rovers pulled their collective thumb out of the dyke,
Clyde may be mithering in the depths of Scottish Division Two, but they were, of course, strongly fancied to ease past the Gala men to record their first win in the Scottish Cup since 2008.
And that is what they did, but it took them an hour to get on the scoresheet. And with the other goals coming in the 77th and 89th minutes, it’s fair to say that the scoreline did not reflect the true story of the match.
A fairly solid first half saw the home side up against it, with some tortuous defending at times. If Clyde’s hitmen were a little sharper it would have been a rout. They were saved by the woodwork twice and goalkeeper John Dodds’ feet once.
Gala’s Kyle Collins, David Bonnar and skipper Sean Paliczka were, perhaps, their top performers, along with Dodds, as they showed few gameday nerves against league opposition.
But it was all for naught. Patrick Scallion set up Kevin Watt in the 60th minute and he turned quickly and struck a sweet shot Dodds, who was largely unsighted.
Clyde sub Michael Daly made it two by heading in a Scott Ferguson corner, And Stuart McColm skipped through the fatigued defence in the last minute of normal time to hit the third.
It’s the end of the road to Hampden for Gala, but they can pride themselves on being the last Borders club in the competition, and feel content in enjoying a good payday – there were 705 through the turnstiles, which, along with cash from the SFA for making the second round, adds up to a nice little earner.
Gala Fairydean: J. Dodds, B. Miller, J. Inglis, K. Collins, C. McBride, D. Bonnar, C. Jardine (B. Noble 81 mins), D. McColm (D. Sutherland 69 mins), J. Gibson (M. Berry 65 mins), S. Paliczka and S. Noble.
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