Selkirk 5 Gala Fairydean 1
LOWLAND LEAGUE CUP
THERE were six goals in this highly entertaining Lowland League Cup match played at a very windy Yarrow Park yesterday.
And all six were scored by underdogs Selkirk.
Even the home supporters seemed stunned as Steve Forrest’s side eventually came good and put on a performance very much worthy of their Lowland League status.
One could be forgiven in the early stages for thinking the hosts were more intent on not losing the game than winning it as their players hung back to protect their own goal area, all be it the blustery conditions made both sides cautious as the ball, at times, took on a life of its own.
All things changed however in the 35th minute when a goalmouth scramble resulted in David Battle poking the ball past John Dodds and bit of self belief began to creep into Selkirk’s play.
Confidence was boosted further when Phil Addison, returning from a foot injury, demonstrated his full recovery by dancing around the Gala defence for a peach of a goal just after the break.
Fairydean did attempt to retaliate but Dean McColm’s shot was helped over the cross bar by the increasingly strong wind and Steven Noble’s men, featuring a handful of former Selkirk players, seemed at a loss as to how to cope with the situation.
Addison added another just minutes later with a similar flourish as his first and six minutes later Yanis Lamghari got in on the act when the previous scorer turned provider for the French recruit to notch his first goal for the Souters. All four of Forrest’s EDUS Sport Academy signings took part in the game and all four played key roles in the victory, Benjamin Huteau in particular proving a huge thorn in the side of the visitors.
Now trailing by four goals a shell shocked Gala outfit tried valiantly to keep themselves in the game and a lengthy spell of pressure saw them grab a goal back although it was much thanks to Battle on the opposite side whose attempt at a clearance went drastically wrong and shot past a helpless Gregor Amos in the Selkirk goal.
Lamghari added a fifth to consolidate the win and it was with great celebration that the home team and their supporters greeted the final whistle after indisputably their best performance of the season so far and, if Forrest has his way, a promising preview of things to come.