Berwick Rangers Reserves 1
Gala Fairydean 2
EoS FIRST DIVISION
JOHN CLAYTON reports from Shielfield Park
THIS match started twice after the referee realised that the Berwick keeper wasn’t on the park, let alone between the sticks, when he first blew his whistle.
Within the first minute Berwick won a corner that was delivered towards the near post for the unmarked Sam Young to drive the ball home from close range.
Following this early reverse Gala gradually took the ascendancy and proceeded to boss the rest of the game.
Alan Smith picked up a rebound from a Paul Young shot and drove his effort against the Rangers crossbar.
Paul Young was the driving force behind most of the Dean’s early play and laid the ball on for Aaron Brunton to shoot over, before he had a shot himself that Gavin McLean grabbed out of the air.
Elliott Turnbull had to look lively to turn a Berwick shot behind for a corner before Greg Hay was injured in a dangerous tackle which saw him stretchered from the field with a bad gash to his foot.
This brought Gareth Wood on as his replacement and Fraser Lothian reorganised his team at half-time when he replaced Kenny Riding, who had played well, with Craig Gow.
Just two minutes into the second half, Chris Anderson picked the ball up on the edge of the Berwick area and chipped a delightful equaliser over McLean, who was just a couple of yards off his line.
Ten minutes later Anderson was thwarted when McLean parried his shot and a Berwick defender hooked the ball away as Smith closed in to score. Chris Anderson then played the ball into the path of Smith, whose shot cannoned off McLean’s legs.
It was all Gala at this point and midway through the half Gow sent in a telling cross that was only half cleared. Keith Boyes collected the ball and beat the keeper to his right for his first Fairydean goal.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, Jack Hay was given his debut when he replaced the tiring Smith and he continued to help Anderson keep the Berwick defence at full stretch as Gala collected a deserved three points.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, G. Hay (G. Wood), R. Glass, C. McBride, P. Sutherland, P. Young, K. Riding (C. Gow), K. Boyes, C. Anderson, A. Smith (J. Hay) and A. Brunton.