Gala’s message to Premier One clubs heard loud and clear

Photo: Kate Chandler'Season 2011-2012'RBS Premier 1'Currie RFC v Gala'Gala celebrate winning their first game after promotion to Premier 1
Photo: Kate Chandler'Season 2011-2012'RBS Premier 1'Currie RFC v Gala'Gala celebrate winning their first game after promotion to Premier 1
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Currie 23

Gala 25

RBS PREMIER ONE

GALA could not have announced their return to the summit of Scottish club rugby any louder if they had produced a megaphone attached to a set of amps.

A last-gasp long-range penalty from Lee Millar sealed a superb victory for George Graham’s men against last season’s Premier One runners-up.

The Maroons showed hunger from the kick-off of this entertaining match, and opened the scoring through winger Lee Kibble’s try – after good play by Andy McLean and Craig Robertson, following his return from a spell with Hawick.

Millar and Currie stand-off Matt Scott traded penalties before the home side grabbed an 11-8 half-time lead through a Barry Mansfield try and Scott’s second successful three-pointer.

Currie started the second half well and stretched their lead as Mike Entwhistle barged his way over from close range.

Ten points in front, most at Malleny Park thought Currie would stretch ahead and claim an expected victory.

Not so. Gala sub Gavin Young streaked past the home defence after a flip pass from McLean for a try that was converted by Millar.

Despite a solo try through centre Dougie Fife, Gala would not go away and Euan Dods set up prop Ewan McQuillin to pull Gala to within a point with nearly 10 minutes left.

That allowed Millar to become the Gala hero and set the Netherdale side up perfectly for the remainder of their Premier One season.

Gala: L. Miller, L. Kibble, C. Borthwick, C. Auld, C. Robertson, A McLean, G. Graham; L. Pettie, R. Anderson, E. McQuillin, O. Palepoi, C. Weir, G. Graham, G. Lowrie, E Dods. Subs: L. Bertram, D. Marshall, L. Roden, G. Young, A. Edmond.