Selkirk 2-1 Gala Fairydean Rovers

Dean McColm (Gala) gets to the ball in front of Jack Hay
Dean McColm (Gala) gets to the ball in front of Jack Hay
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Selkirk claimed the spoils in a pulsating Borders derby match against neighbours Gala at Yarrow Park on Saturday.

A scrambled Scott Ritchie goal 11 minutes from time proved to be the difference between the teams.

Right from the off chances were created at both ends and it was a pattern which continued throughout the 90 minutes.

The Souters were first to threaten in seven minutes when former Scotland striker Garry O’Connor broke clear on the left hand side of the box but his drilled shot was turned round the post by Gala keeper Mark Wilson.

At the other end Ross Aitchison went close from a Dean McColm corner but Selkirk broke quickly and ex-Gala striker Jack Hay rattled the side-netting.

The Braw Lads had a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 13th minute when skipper Jamie Gibson pierced the offside trap but his curling shot from the edge of the box cleared the bar by inches.

Wilson again came to Gala’s rescue with another fine diving save from an O’Connor shot in the 22nd minute. But from the corner David Gray’s vicious in-swinger was volleyed home by the unmarked Jamie Pyper.

Gala responded 10 minutes later with a fierce 20 yard shot from Taylor Hope striking the underside of the crossbar and Gibson following up could not get his rebound header on target under pressure from a defender.

Selkirk keeper Jamie Newman prevented an equaliser before the break when he foiled Stuart Noble’s shot after a slick turn in the box.

Gala piled on the pressure after the break with Noble going down in the box only for referee Alan Hogg to wave away penalty claims before Billy Miller headed a corner just wide.

But the visitors got their reward 10 minutes after the re-start when Dean McColm cut in from the right flank and fired a stunning 25 yard shot into the roof of the net past the helpless Newman.

There was now everything to play for as the game raged from end to end. Gala thought they had taken the lead when sub Jake Rutherford’s deflected cross off defender Pyper seemed destined to sneak in just under the bar until Newman’s glove emerged to tip the ball over.

Selkirk had their chances too most notably when O’Connor’s header from a Jon McInally cross in the 70th minute struck the post.

The winning goal came just 11 minutes from time when Wilson could not hold another in-swinging corner from Phil Addison and Ritchie was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

It could have been even better for Selkirk when Addison unleashed a stunning shot from the edge of the box which crashed off the underside of the bar.

But in the closing stages Selkirk were camped in their own half as Gala piled forward searching for the equaliser.

It looked to have arrived in the final minute when Noble broke clean through but the excellent Newman managed to deflect the netbound shot with the merest of touches and the ball just eluded the far post.

Teams

Selkirk: Newman, Christie, Pyper, McDiarmid, O’Connor, Hay, McInally, Gray, Addison, Harley, Ritchie. Subs: Scott, Handren, Reynolds, Samson, Collins.

Gala Fairydean Rovers: Wilson, Miller, Main, Ross Aitchison, Galbraith, Hope, McColm, Bonnar, Noble, Gibson, Jardine. Subs: Logan, Rutherford, Taylor Aitchison, Guiney, Chalmers, Clapperton.