Fairies fail to finish off season on a high note

Gala Fairydean 1

Eyemouth United 3


JOHN CLAYTON reports from Netherdale

IN A lacklustre first half Gala Fairydean often failed to challenge their opponents for the ball.

This cost them dear when Eyemouth took the lead on 15 minutes – a cross from the left was completely miskicked by Steven Shennan, but Kieran Ainslie drove the ball through a mass of players on the line.

The visitors doubled their lead a few minutes later when Shennan acrobatically scissor-kicked a long cross from the right beyond the stranded Elliot Turnbull without anybody putting in a challenge.

Gala got to half-time without any further mishap and manager Fraser Lothian took off Paul Sutherland and put on Billy Miller.

Early in the second half, Gala were awarded a dubious penalty which Chris Anderson slotted away for his 21st goal of the season, and in doing so, reduced the leeway. Eyemouth were then reduced to 10 men when Sean Simpson, who was sitting on the ground at the time, swore as the referee approached him and picked up a second yellow card.

Gala pressed for the equaliser and Alan Smith went close when his shot took a slight deflection off an Eyemouth player which was sufficient to divert the ball just wide of the upright.

The home side’s hopes were shortlived when, from a corner, Jonathan Simpson found himself completely unmarked in the six-yard box and headed home from short range.

Billy Miller saw a shot pushed wide by Eyemouth goalie Dean Avery, but the Fishermen fully deserved their win.

Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, T. Sclater, R. Glass (C. Gow), C. McBride, D. Sutherland (B. Miller), Young, J. Hay, A. Smith, C. Anderson, C. Tyson, K. Boyes.