Gala Fairydean 6
EoS FIRST DIVISION
KEVIN JANIAK reports from Netherdale
GALA’S rather emphatic victory on Saturday has set up a thrilling last weekend in the East of Scotland promotion race.
Quite simply, if Gala beat Ormiston this Saturday and First Division champs Heriot-Watt beat Preston Athletic then the Borderers will be going up in the world.
Any other outcome, and they will stay where they are, as Preston’s goal difference seems too large to overcome.
However, you cannot take away the supreme effort it has taken for the Fairies to still be in the mix, and if it were not for them suffering a severe drop in form over their two games the previous week, we would now be congratulating them on their promotion.
Saturday saw a return to the swashbuckling style that saw them climb the league. First-half goals from Scott Nightingale, Geri Rossi and Jack Hay was added to by Nightingale, Paul Young and Gary Lothian after the break.
And Coldstream, although they did threaten from time to time, never really looked like spoiling the party.
Fraser Lothian, the Fairydean manager, told TheSouthern: “It was a huge step-up in performance from last week, possibly because the pressure is off us a little.
“No disrespect to Coldstream – they did cause us some problems early on – but as soon as we got in front there was only ever going to be one team who was going to win.
“I’m pleased we can take this into the final game.
“Hopefully the lads will be able to relax next week, do what we have to do and then see what has happened at Riccarton.
“If we go up we go up, if we don’t we don’t.”
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Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, G. Hay, C. Tyson, P. Young, G. Lothian, B. Hunter (C. Jeffrey 75 mins), A. Brunton (D. Bonnar 63 mins), G. Gass, G. Rossi, J. Hay (R. Hewitson 78 mins) and S. Nightingale.