Gala on the back foot from the word go against Gretna 2008

Galafairydean Rovers vs Gretna 2008. Sean Paliczka on the ball for Gala.

Galafairydean Rovers vs Gretna 2008. Sean Paliczka on the ball for Gala.

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Gretna travelled up the A7 to take on a Gala side determined to seek revenge for their defeat in the William Hill Scottish Cup game, which the Raydale outfit ran out 2-1 winners.

The visitors kicked off and immediately put the home side on the back foot. It soon became clear that the Netherdale defence had their work cut out and Gala keeper John Dodds had by far the busier afternoon.

Gala’s closest attempt on goal was a speculative long ball into the Gretna area, but Keith Lough’s header was well wide of the target.

Sean Paliczka was full of running, but Gretna defenders Ryan McGuffie and Alan Inglis were always on hand to clear up any danger through the middle.

Scott Milligan opened the scoring in the 15th minute from an acute angle in the Gala box and, in the 32nd minute, the visitors had goal number two in the bag when Connor Graham’s shot took a deflection off a defender and into the net from 30 yards.

The home side were struggling and Gretna should have gone three up when Iain Anderson broke through, but the big forward took a touch too many and Gala keeper Dodds smothered his shot.

Half-time: 0-2.

The home side had no answer to a sharp-passing Gretna side who were full of running, with David Renyard and Brandon Longcake adding further goals after the break.

Gala should have scored in the final minute, but some good defending by Gretna kept out the home attack.