Gala FR 6
If it is goals you want, Netherdale is the place to go, as Gala Fairydean Rovers notched a stunning derby win over nine-man Selkirk.
The nine-goal thriller means that 25 efforts have found the net at Netherdale in the club’s four Lowland League games.
But the latest goalfest was the sweetest of the lot for the 300-plus crowd which packed into Netherdale as six home goals meant a first league victory for Stevie Noble’s men.
For Dean McColm, the match was especially memorable, as the Hawick youngster notched a hat-trick.
For spells, Selkirk competed, but the sending-offs of captain Kenny Munro and substitute Lee Stephen ensured a miserable afternoon.
However, it was Sean Paliczka who was quickest off the mark – 43 seconds to be exact – as the Gala captain volleyed in the opener.
But Selkirk, who have struggled for goals this season in the absence of Jamie Gibson following his move to Gala, struck back straight away through defender Barry Milven.
Paliczka retaliated soon after as poor defending by the visitors allowed the former Bonnyrigg Rose marksman to score again.
And Gala went 3-1 up within 20 minutes as Paliczka and Gibson combined to set up McColm.
Once more, Selkirk fought back, and after a period of dominance, Phil Addison showed his worth with a fine strike beyond John Dodds.
Gibson found the net from close range against his former club on 48 minutes, but a mix up between Dodds and defender Jason Inglis – also ex-Selkirk players – allowed Jonny Watt the easiest of goals to make it 4-3 with half an hour to go.
However, the remainder of the match belonged to Gala.
McColm smashed two goals past Amos with fine finishes on 62 and 75 minutes, with Munro being sent off in between, being booked twice.
Then Stephen also picked up two bookings for speaking out of turn twice to referee Gavin Thomson in as many minutes.
Gala Fairydean Rovers: J. Dodds, B. Milven, C. Jardine (A. Common 82), J. Inglis, C. McBride (S. Greene 61), K. Collins, A. Nicol (N. Rogers 80), M. Berry, J. Gibson, S. Paliczka, D. McColm.
Selkirk: G. Amos, K. Barr (C. McLeod 80), K. Munro, B. Milven, D. Wilson, R. McManus, S. Ferguson, D. Bolton (L. Stephen 46), J. Watt, J. Crolla, P. Addison.