Pretty poor performance puts Gala boss on war path

Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.
Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.

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Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.

Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.

Gala Fairydean Rovers must improve, starting at Stirling University this weekend, according to boss Stevie Noble.

Noble was left angry with the level of performance by his side in a two-all draw with Broomhill Sports Club last Saturday, after they required a late Keith Lough strike to rescue a point.

Gala head up to Forthbank to take on Shelley Kerr’s side, but will likely be missing Stuart Noble and David Bonnar, who were both forced off against Broomhill by injuries.

Gala also lost substitute Callum Jardine after the winger was dismissed for a kick at the chest of Brett Molloy just eight minutes after coming off the bench.

Stevie Noble said: “I think both Stuart and David will be struggling for the Stirling match.

“I have never had a full-strength side this season which is frustrating, but it is not an excuse for how we played against Broomhill.

“It was a pretty poor game overall – we need to play better.”

Glasgow side Broomhill have a new management team in place with boss Iain King and assistant Craig Young taking over from John Brogan.

It appears the new manager King – who was absent from Netherdale due to work commitments – has plenty of work to do in defence as Broomhill gifted Gala an opening goal on 10 minutes when a mix-up at the back saw left back Grant Mosson chip the ball into his own net.

But Gala were without Craig McBride and Andy Cosgrove in their defence, forcing midfielders Billy Miller and Grant Robinson to start in a makeshift back line.

The new-look back four looked shaky throughout the first half, and when substitute Andrew Common mishit a pass it allowed Ally Morgan to sidefoot home an equaliser on 33 minutes.

The visitors then shocked their hosts as they went 2-1 up nine minutes later as Tony Wallace’s superb free kick found the top corner of the net. Morgan then hit the post with an ambitious lob from the left hand touchline as Gala somehow made it to half-time just one goal behind.

Lough proved Gala’s best player in the second half, and he was denied twice in a minute at the start of the second half, the latter effort producing a superb fingertip save by Matt McGinley.

Gala looked set to suffer their third defeat in a row, but it was Lough who claimed a point when his deflected drive flew past McGinley on 73 minutes.

Despite Jardine’s 75th minute sending off, Gala kept two players up front, leading to an exciting finale, but neither team were able to take the three points.