Fifers fight back in anniversary clash

Gala Fairydean Rovers and match officials along with mascot Caitlin Green from Gala Dean JFC.
Gala Fairydean Rovers and match officials along with mascot Caitlin Green from Gala Dean JFC.

Gala Fairydean Rovers 0 East Fife 3

PRE SEASON FRIENDLY

GALA Fairydean Rovers fielded half a dozen new faces for the forthcoming Lowland League campaign in the club’s first pre-season warm up on Friday evening.

But they could not prevent the home side from going down to a three goal defeat to Division two side East Fife.

The Fifers got revenge for their 4-2 defeat when they officially opened the Netherdale grandstand 50 years ago but this was all about both sides getting 90 minutes under their belts.

Alan Walker opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the sixth minute and shortly after the half hour mark Jamie Beaton doubled the lead by finishing off a slick passing move.

Gala battled hard to get back into the game in the second half and their best chance fell to former Fifers frontman Sean Paliczka. But he was foiled by a last ditch block tackle by East Fife player boss Gary Naysmith. And in the 78th minute 22-year-old Jon McShane wrapped up the scoring for the visitors with a tap-in from close range.

Gala boss Steven Noble said: “It was an excellent opening game work-out for both teams.”

Gala entertain Northern League outfit Jarrow from Newcastle at Netherdale this Saturday, kick off 3pm. Admission is £3, OAPS £1 and children under 16 if accompanied by an adult. Please enter the stadium by the new turnstile entrance to the right of the main bar door.

Other pre-season friendlies include Eyemouth United (H) Saturday, July 12, kick off 3pm; Dunfermline Athletic (H) Thursday, July 17, kick off 7pm; Bonnyrigg Rose (H), Saturday, July 19, kick off 3pm; Arniston Rangers(A), Saturday, July 26, kick off 3pm.