Souters throw away early lead

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Stirling University 5

Selkirk 2

EoS PREMIER DIVISION

IN the end, this match followed the form book, as Stirling University continued their 100 per cent record of league victories, and Selkirk picked up their fourth loss in four league games.

But 12 minutes in, it appeared that the Souters were to throw out any preconceived ideas that they were merely making up the numbers at Gannochy Park as Bryan Templeton’s men raced into a 2-0 lead.

Instead, usual service was resumed by half-time with the high-flying students scoring four goals in just 20 minutes.

In the shadow of the William Wallace monument, Jamie Gibson was the Selkirk hero when he notched an early goal to put his side in front. His 30yd strike smashed off the underside of Kevin Walker’s crossbar for the shock opener.

Ryan Clapperton was in the right place to deny Creag Robertson an equaliser and the winger then raced onto a Daryl Burdett cross to score the Yarrow Park club’s second.

Inevitably, the students pressed forward and Stephen Hoyle struck John Dodds’ post with a header in the 20th minute.

But Hoyle, a former Doncaster Rovers striker, was more successful with another header in the 25th minute from a corner.

Then came the Selkirk collapse. The equaliser was blasted through a crowded Selkirk penalty box by Emmot Parr-Gallagher, and Chris Geddes claimed a double past poor defending from the visitors.

Hoyle grabbed his own brace in the 50th minute, with Gibson and Burdett unable to salvage a third goal for Selkirk – their shots flying past the Stirling goal.

Full back Barry Milven also went close with a header, but at the full-time whistle it was a comfortable win for the students.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, B. Milven, J. Inglis, E. Pritchard, J. Higginbottom, Ryan McManus (W. Mercer 81), D. Burdett, J. Gibson, R. Clapperton (L. Hardie 53), Ross McManus.