Five-goal thriller

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Stow suffered their first Border Amateur League Division A loss of the season to close rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers Amateurs last Thursday night.

Gala opened the scoring on the half-hour when Ryan Clapperton was adjudged to have fouled Craig Gow in the penalty box, and former Stow player Jay Wilson scored from the spot. Seven minutes later, Stow had their own penalty for a handball, but Stevie King saved Jordan Steele’s attempt which was hit straight at him.

On 52 minutes Stow player/manager Paul Young sent Clapperton through to score beyond King.

But Gala restored their lead on 59 minutes when Shaun Quinn produced a superb turn to set up substitute Kerr Scott to tap into the net.

And with 25 minutes remaining, Liam Howel added a third.

The game sparked back into life on 68 minutes as Martin Gibson’s powerful header made it 3-2.Stow piled on the pressure, but Gala held firm for a hard-fought three points.