Point taken as Forrest reviews his young squad

Galafairydean Rovers vs Selkirk FC. Gala's Stuart Noble.
Galafairydean Rovers vs Selkirk FC. Gala's Stuart Noble.
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Selkirk boss Stevie Forrest has promised “four or five” new faces will be arriving at Yarrow Park this week, despite his young side battling to a point at Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Jordan Finnie’s 77th-minute strike saw the Souters end a three-game losing streak in an enthralling local derby which Gala probably should have won in the closing stages.

However, Selkirk also had reason to feel aggrieved after Phil Addison appeared to have scored midway through the second half, only for the officials to decide the ball had not crossed the line before Gala’s Kyle Collins had hooked the ball to safety.

Forrest, who has previously got himself in trouble with the SFA for post-match comments about referees, said: “I am not going to say too much about it, but even the Gala players say the ball was over the line.

“However, this is my first positive result at Netherdale, so I am pleased with my young team.

“We will have four or five players leaving the club who have not had a break in the team, and will be bringing in the same number of new players.”

There were chances galore from kick-off until the final whistle was blown by referee Simon MacLean, who booked six players over the 90 minutes.

While both managers felt the standard of play, in particular the defending, was below par, the entertainment offered to the 250-plus crowd was of the highest standard.

After Jamie Gibson’s header struck the Selkirk crossbar, the visitors’ shaky defence was breached after 29 minutes in the simplest manner. Gala keeper John Dodds’ long punt found Stuart Noble, who fired beyond Jamie Newman.

But Selkirk, missing Garry O’Connor through a stomach bug, hit back 10 minutes later as Paul Hossack hacked Julio Tonelle to the ground, and Daryl Johnson squeezed his spot kick past Dodds.

Two minutes on, and there was another easy penalty decision for whistler MacLean, as Jamie Pyper brought down Ross Aitchison, allowing Gibson to restore the Gala lead.

Selkirk began to dominate after the break. Dodds had to make an outstanding stop to deny Finnie, before the same player equalised from close range 13 minutes from time.

This seemed to spur Gala on and substitute Keith Lough struck the crossbar with a header, while Newman made a couple of brave saves to deny Gala victory.