The thin dividing line between success and failure in this season’s Lowland League was evident at East Kilbride on Saturday, writes Tom Cass.
Gala Fairydean Rovers gave a good account of themselves at K Park – but the loss of three goals in the final 12 minutes meant they headed home pointless with the home side moving to the top of the table.
After a last-minute equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Whitehill Welfare in midweek, the Braw Lads started confidently and midfielder Darly Devlin fired inches wide after being set up by Jamie Gibson.
At the other end keeper John Dodds pulled off a fine save to foil Hastings.
Dean McColm thought he had broken the deadlock moments after the restart – only to be flagged offside after the ball hit the back of the net.
Gibson then saw his effort cleared off the goal-line as Gala pushed for the vital first goal.
But it was East Kilbride who finished strongest with Lachlan producing a fine finish in the 78th minute.
Keith Lough then set up Gibson, but the home keeper came to the rescue again to foil the striker. As Gala pushed for the equaliser, Joao Victoria waltzed through the visitors’ defence to smash home the second goal and to rub salt into the wounds, O’Hanlon grabbed a third in injury time.
The visitors could consider themselves unlucky not to take anything from the game but the home side look a very strong outfit this season.