Tantrums and tears have desired effect for Souters

Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park. Selkirk's Garry O'Connor for Selkirk.

Selkirk vs Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park. Selkirk's Garry O'Connor for Selkirk.

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The great distance Selkirk FC have come since the end of last season has never been more evident than on Saturday when they put seven goals past their local rivals.

That’s more than their entire goal tally on the 2013/14 22-game Lowland League card and the biggest winning margin in any SLFL match so far this season.

Having lost three games on the bounce, the last one a 5-1 defeat to Spartans last Wednesday night, Steve Forrest took drastic measures to get his team back on track.

He and assistant coach Paul Doig lambasted the team after the midweek defeat, sparking a row between the players which cleared the air and ultimately brought them together again.

“They were going nuts at each other,” said Forrest.

“By the end, though, they were hugging each other and crying.

“That’s how passionate they are about playing for Selkirk and they were absolutely delighted on Saturday after pulling together and coming away with a fantastic win.”

A Daryl Johnston penalty put the Souters on the scoresheet in an opening half that saw very few chances.

The tide turned after the restart, however, with Garry O’Connor blasting in a quickfire hat-trick to put his team in the comfort zone. Jon McInally added another before O’Connor struck again with goal number six. Frenchman Julio Tonelle finished the game with a flourish in the closing stages – a sweetly-struck free kick which sailed straight into the net.