Gala F’dean Rovers 3
Edinburgh City 6
A 15-minute hat-trick by substitute Ross Allum saw Edinburgh City extinguish Gala’s hopes of a third Lowland League win, writes Kenny Paterson.
Missing a number of personnel, including experienced duo Stuart Noble and Sean Paliczka, Gala’s young side showed plenty of heart to pull themselves back from 2-0 to lead 3-2 early in the second half.
But the side’s old defensive fragilities came back to haunt them as City notched four goals without reply to run out comfortable winners.
Gala boss Stevie Noble said: “City were more streetwise and tougher than us, and our guys have got to learn from that.
“I have a 22-man squad, but was missing seven or eight players today. However, that is not an excuse for our second-half showing.”
The game sparked into life on 29 minutes as City’s Ross Guthrie volleyed in after John Dodds had made a superb block to deny Mark Osbourne.
And two minutes later, Ian McFarland fired a fine 25-yard shot into the top corner.
Gala fought back with two goals before half-time as Lee Stephen’s excellent free kick was headed in by Ross Aitchison on 37 minutes, followed by a stunning 35-yard shot by Jamie Gibson.
Another Stephen free kick was nodded in by Ashley Langford on 51 minutes to give Gala the lead for the first time, but Allum’s arrival on the hour in place of Osbourne proved pivotal.
After Guthrie headed home a corner on 63 minutes, Allum put City back into the lead four minutes later.
With 13 minutes remaining, a Paul Hossack mistake was punished by Allum and to cap the victory, the forward completed his hat-trick with a 25-yard free kick.