Fairies’ Hay leaves it till late

Gala Fairydean 3

Preston Athletic 2

League Cup section C

A LATE winner by teenager Jack Hay gave Gala Fairydean their first victory in the League Cup.

Fraser Lothian’s young side were ahead after 12 minutes when Craig Livingstone teased Gary Kennedy before cutting inside to hammer a shot under Athletic goalkeeper Ross Gilpin.

Unfortunately for the 24-year-old and Gala, he was substituted on 17 minutes with a hamstring injury.

The Fairies, playing their “home” game again at Victoria Park in Innerleithen while the 3G pitch is installed at Netherdale, were pegged back just before half-time when Andy Brown pulled Euan Campbell’s shirt inside the area and Campbell tucked away the penalty.

Jack Hay saw an effort saved by Gilpin just after the break when he raced onto Aaron Brunton’s pass to strike in a powerful shot.

But Preston were ahead after the hour mark when a soft free kick was conceded as Andy Brown and Peter Keenan ran into each other 25 yards out, and Kevin Cairnie made no mistake with a great shot past Elliot Turnbull.

However, with Bruce Hunter and Jay Wilson dominating the midfield, Gala grabbed the three points.

Firstly, Brunton chipped the ball over Gilpin to equalise on 66 minutes, and in the 80th minute Jack Hay held off a challenge from Kennedy to touch the ball beyond the keeper.

Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, G. Hay, A. Brown (C. Gow 67), P. Young, C. McBride, B. Hunter, J. Wilson, A. Brunton, C. Livingstone (R. Sclater 19), G. Gass, J. Hay.