Gala took charge of the Lowland League Cup Borders section with a convincing victory over local rivals Selkirk at Netherdale on Saturday.
The team chose the club’s inaugural sponsors’ day to produce the best performance of the season and hit five goals for the second week in a row. This was particularly pleasing for representatives of the club’s main shirt sponsor, Five Star Taxis, who joined more than 50 other guests in the hospitality suite of Gala RFC for pre-match refreshments before being treated to a super show on the park.
Gala got off to a flyer when Keith Lough’s glancing header from a Billy Miller cross found the back of the net after four minutes.
The lead was doubled in 16 minutes with the goal of the game. A slick six-pass exchange starting deep in the Fairydean half ended with David Bonnar slipping a pass through to Stuart Noble, who picked his spot in the roof of the net.
Selkirk’s best effort came in the 20th minute when Garry O’Connor’s piledriver was well saved by keeper John Dodds.
The visitors were thrown a lifeline in the 43rd minute when an altercation resulted in Gala’s Jamie Gibson being red-carded for a shove which referee Michael Banks deemed a red-card offence.
Selkirk tried to get back into the game, but the Gala defence, well-marshalled by new signing Seb Pyda from Spartans, stood firm.
On the hour mark, Bonnar burst through the visitors’ defence to slot home number three and Gala were home and dry by the time Noble added his second in the 66th minute.
The icing on the cake came in the 75th minute when midfielder Miller finished off another fine move for number five.