Honours finished even following the historic first ever visit to Netherdale on Saturday by Cumbernauld Colts for a Lowland League match.
The visitors started brightly on a wet afternoon and should have took an early lead after three minutes when full back Michael Oliver headed straight into John Dodds arms from a corner.
Andrew Selkirk showed just why he’s been spoken about in higher circles when he flashed a shot over the bar from 12 yards after 8 minutes and he would prove to be a constant thorn in the Gala defences side. Gala’s first chance came after 12 minutes when Jamie Gibson forced a good save from Sam George in the Cumbernauld goal after a great through ball from David Bonnar. The resulting corner from Callum Jardine cleared everybody but the defender at the back post who hastily booted the ball clear.
Gibson was brought down at the edge of the box after a surging run and from Dean McColm’s in swinging free kick, David Bonnar popped up at the back post to put Gala in front after 22 minutes. Cumbernauld should have equalised on the half hour when a long ball over the top caught Gala’s defence napping but James Barclay fired over the bar with only Dodds to beat. The equaliser arrived soon after when the ever dangerous Selkirk scored on 37 minutes with a close range finish from a cross on the left and then added his second 6 minutes later when Gala again failed to deal with a long ball over the top.
The start of the second period saw chances come and go for Bonnar and Gibson before Jardine was unlucky to see his cross/shot come back off the bar after a mazy run down the right wing. Gala were now in the ascendency and the equaliser arrived on 71 minutes courtesy of defender Colin Galbraith who poked the ball home from close range following a goalmouth scramble. Cumbernauld’s Selkirk had a chance for his hat trick 5 minutes later but shot over the bar after running onto a long clearance. In a frantic last 10 minutes both sides had chances to take all 3 points with Cumbernauld substitute Robbie Duncan heading wide when he should have done better and Dean McColm sending the ball past the post following a terrific counter attack. Stuart Noble created a half chance for himself after good footwork in the box but sent his shot straight at the keeper and that proved to be the last chance of the afternoon.
*Gala host their fourth home game in a row when Dalbeattie Star visit the 3G Arena this Saturday, kick off 3pm. Premier Club cards apply for this Lowland League fixture.
Gala FR: Dodds, Stephen (Rutherford - 25 mins), Miller, Galbraith, Guiney, Hope, McColm, Bonnar, Noble, Gibson, Jardine. Subs: Lamb, Grant, Clapperton, Herdman, Triallist.