Gala Fairydean 2
Kelso United 1
EoS FIRST DIVISION
CENTRE half Paul Sutherland was in the right spot twice to continue Gala Fairydean’s 100 per cent start to their First Division campaign.
The ex-Spartans player converted a winning penalty just after half-time and then made a last-minute goal line clearance to enable the still managerless Fairies to claim all three points.
In the other dugout, Kelso will have been disappointed not to have collected anything from their visit to Netherdale, and the Woodside Park side are still searching for their first league win 2012/13.
Stand-in boss Paul Young started for depleted Gala, who were also missing Scott Nightingale, who was on holiday, and the suspended Jay Wilson.
The hosts suffered another blow just 22 minutes as striker Geri Rossi was taken to hospital with a bad head knock.
It meant David Bonnar came on and played in midfield, with Grant Gass moving up front. Gass had already threatened the Kelso goal when he struck the bar with a free kick.
Instead, United took the lead 11 minutes before half-time as Jordan Lauder’s free kick was headed down by Des Burnett for Steven Tait to head home.
However, Kelso’s lead lasted barely 120 seconds when Gass smashed a shot past Kelso stopper Scott Dowie from inside the area.
The homesters were ahead soon after the break as Andrew Brown’s corner led Burnett to bundle over Young, and Sutherland did the rest.
Ben McGregor, Young and Brown could have made the result more comfortable, but missed good chances.
However, The Dean’s cause was aided by Tait, who was sent off with 30 minutes remaining.
Chris Webb came on with 10 minutes to go in an effort by Kelso manager Prof Blaikie to save a point, and it almost paid off, but the substitute was denied by that man Sutherland.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, G. Hay, C. Tyson, P. Sutherland, G. Lothian, B. McGregor, P. Young (R. Hewitson 87), G. Gass, J. Hay, G. Rossi (D. Bonnar 22), A. Brown.
Kelso United: S. Dowie, J. McCutcheon, S. Angus, D. Bowie, G. McNulty, S. Tait, M. Laidler (S. Harker 61), C. McClure (C. Webb 80), D. Burnett, L. Wallace, J. Lauder (G. Gillie 82).