Meadowbank defeat was no food for the soul for Gala

Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.

Bryan Templeton of Gala Fairydean FC.

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IT was apt that Gala Fairydean Rovers produced a “soul-destroying” performance in the bleak surroundings of Meadowbank Stadium to succumb to another away-day loss, writes Kenny Paterson.

Gala have only picked up four points from a possible 21 in the Lowland League away from home and will be delighted to return to Netherdale this Saturday to tackle Stirling University.

But assistant coach Bryan Templeton refused to blame a slippery Meadowbank surface – which did not suit Gala’s passing style – for their latest away defeat.

Templeton said: “It is soul-destroying to see us play like that.

“We were terrible in the first half and had to start all over again in the second.”

Gala trailed 3-0 at half-time thanks to a combination of defective defending and fine finishing.

Aaron James was given too much time to curl a shot home on five minutes, and two goals just before the break by Mark Donaldson and Ross Guthrie all but secured a City win.

Gala improved after the break as Jamie Gibson’s header made it 3-1 on 48 minutes, but City had the final word with a Michael Osborne penalty after Gala substitute Conrad Mackenzie had pulled down Daryl Devlin.

City manager Gary Jardine said: “We know Gala like to pass the ball, so I told the players to stop them playing high up the park. I expected the game to be a lot closer. Gala are the fifth highest scorers in the Lowland League, so it was good to restrict them to one goal.”