EOS FIRST DIVISION
SELKIRK’S hopes of promotion disappeared in a red mist as Jamie Gibson was sent off in a disappointing defeat to Duns.
Gibson was dismissed late on for a comment to referee Paul Hanlon, who proved an unpopular figure throughout the afternoon.
Selkirk boss Mike McKinnon said before the game that February was a vital if his team were to force their way into the promotion race.
But the hosts got off to a bad start when they fell behind on 19 minutes as Gary Waddell’s cross was converted by former Aberdeen under-19 midfielder Conor Devaney for his eighth goal in 12 games.
But Selkirk struck back just two minutes later as Gibson’s low free kick beat Duns stopper Scott Lumsden.
However, the former Coventry City trialist proved much more difficult to beat for Jonny Watt, Aaron Butters and Andy Noble, who were all denied before half-time by Lumsden.
It was more of the same at the start of the second period as Michael Holness’ effort was kept out by Lumsden.
At the other end, Selkirk goalkeeper John Dodds saved a Devaney free kick before the hosts’ appeals for a penalty midway through the half when Daryl Johnson when down under a challenge from Darren Leslie were waved away by whistler Hanlon.
Duns substitute Bruce Chisholm was immediately into the action with a shot which flew just wide.
The former Coldstream and Greenlaw frontman was more accurate 15 minutes from time as he beat Jamie Higginbottom to place a shot past Dodds. Selkirk immediately introduced Jason Inglis for his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury, but it was Lumsden who preserved his side’s lead with saves from forwards Gibson and Watt.
And Selkirk’s frustration boiled over in the final minute with Gibson’s sending off, his second of the season, which rules him out of this weekend’s derby with Gala Fairydean.
The result leaves the Souters down in 10th place, a massive 17 points behind second-placed Berwick Rangers Reserves.
Selkirk: J. Dodds, D. Johnson, L. Stephen, J. Higginbottom, K. Munro, R. McManus, A. Noble (R. Pepper 83), J. Watt (C. Gowans 88), J. Gibson, M. Holness, A. Butters (J. Inglis 76).