Vale of Leithen 3
GOING in at half time with his team up 3-1, Vale chairman Jack Diamond said they should be wearing masks.
And he was right.
Selkirk had enjoyed around 70 per cent of the posession, and were playing a lot of good passing football.
Vale did a complete smash and grab job, though, making the most of a couple of individual errors for two of their goals, and slamming home a superb free kick for the third.
The Innerleithen men opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark as Selkirk defender Barry Milven’s mistake allowed Vale striker Scott Gormley through on keeper Gregor Amos. His strike was hit to perfection and the Vale men were ahead.
Twelve minutes later, though, Phil Addison grabbed one back for the Souters, collecting the ball in the box, finding room and giving it a fine skelp into the top left corner of the net.
The impressive Gormley was involved in Vale’s second goal in 42 minutes, his cross from the right slotted home from short range by John Ferguson, who had slipped by his marker.
Then on the stroke of half-time, Vale’s Keith Lough was fouled on the edge of the box by Daryl Johnson, and Gormley stepped up to whip the free kick into the net.
It was a complete scunner for the Souters after playing so well – they look a different side under new boss Steve Forrest – and they took a while to get going in the second half, visibly stunned at the scoreline.
The Innerleithen men, for their part, produced a more steady performance after the break and stifled play somewhat, which led to a goal-less second half.
Selkirk: G. Amos, L. Stephen (K. Barr 76 minutes), K. Munro, J. Higginbottom, B. Milven, D. Johnson, P. Addison (C. McLeod 85 mins), J. Crolla, R. McManus, C. Handren (C. Peoples 82 mins), D. Battle.
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