GLASGOW UNIVERSITY won’t be inviting Jason Inglis up to Scotland’s largest city for a night out anytime soon, writes Kenny Paterson.
The defender scored Gala Fairydean Rovers’ vital second goal in this frantic Scottish Cup first round tie. He said: “I faced Glasgow last year with Selkirk in the Scottish Cup when we won 2-0.
“I thought they were a lot better this time, and I was impressed with their fitness. Their goalkeeper (Derick Moore) made loads of great saves, but we kept trying to play football. It was my first goal for the club and I am delighted because it was such an important one.”
Gala were massive favourites for this tie, but fell behind after only two minutes. Paul Gallacher’s speculative 30-yard effort seemed to be covered by John Dodds, only for the ball to find the corner of the net.
Gala responded well, dominating possession with their attractive passing style, but failed to break through Glasgow’s defence. When they did, Moore was in superb form, denying Inglis and Sean Paliczka’s headers.
He palmed away another Paliczka effort before the equaliser finally arrived when Marc Berry skipped inside his marker to fire a shot high into the net on 26 minutes.
Both teams seem to tire in the second period, in particular Gala, as the game became an end to end encounter.
The double substitution of Des Sutherland and Stuart Noble brightened up the homesters attacking options, but also left Gala exposed in midfield.
But, against the run of play, a Dean McColm corner somehow made it to Inglis who could not miss with a one yard header.
And home nerves among the 250-plus crowd were finally settled when Noble’s low shot hit both posts, and crossed the line.
Gala Fairydean Rovers: J. Dodds, B. Miller, S. Greene, J. Inglis, K. Collins, D. Bonnar, D. McColm (A. Nicol 84), C. Jardine (D. Sutherland 55), J. Gibson (S. Noble 55), S. Paliczka, M. Berry.