Souters on fire in downpour

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Selkirk – along with new signing, former Scotland ace Gary O’Connor – took their excellent pre-season form into the first game of the season with a 3-0 victory over Threave Rovers.

The Souters, full in the knowledge that a season like last would spell disaster, have signed well in recent weeks, none more so than the capture of O’Connor, who although admittedly ring-rusty and not 90 per cent match fit, still knows where the goal is, and how to get the ball in it.

Garry O'Connor on the ball for Selkirk against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park.

Garry O'Connor on the ball for Selkirk against Threave Rovers at Yarrow Park.

O’Connor missed a couple of real sitters, one with his head in the first half, and one with his foot in the second, but he was like the O’Connor of old when he stroked home Selkirk’s second goal in 82 minutes.

Benjy Houteau had opened the scoring in the 31st minute of an eaksy-peaksy first half.

It could have been level before they went in as Ian Miller won a penalty – Julio Tonelle handballing in the box – but, just as he did midweek against Hibs Under-20s, Jamie Newman dived to his left and saved Miller’s spot-kick.

The heavens opened during half-time, but the Souters managed to almost completely dictate play for the second 45 minutes.

O’Connor’s goal gave them room to breathe a little, although he was by that time being a bit picky over which ball to chase.

Yanis Lamghari came on late for Selkirk and breathed a little life into the attack, and he hit the third goal.

In the other Lowland League matches today, Vale of Leithen struggled a bit in their 3-0 home loss to Edinburgh City, but Gala Fairydean Rovers travelled to Preston Athletic and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a long-range cracker from Andy Cosgrove.

Full reports in Thursday’s Southern Reporter.

Click above to see the rain-addled interviews with Selkirk boss Steve Forrest and new Selkirk player Gary O’Connor.