Eyemouth United 5 Gala Fairydean 2
E0S FIRST DIVISION
Eyemouth welcomed Gala to a wet Warner Park for the only East of Scotland league fixture to beat the weather.
The early exchanges were pretty even with both keepers not really being called into action.
United began to get a grip in midfield, with Ross Aitchison and Sean Simpson both going close. However, it was Fairydean who took the lead when a free kick was played into the box and, as has been the case in previous weeks, nobody in the home defence took command and the ball ended up going in off Kieran Ainslie.
But Eyemouth were not behind for long, Steven Shennan converting a penalty after Aitchison was bundled over in the box.
Shennan got his second not long after. Sean Simpson found Scott Adamson on the right and it was his pin-point cross that found Shennan who bent his header around Gala keeper Elliot Turnbull.
The Chirnside man completed his hat-trick just before half-time. Sean Simpson got the ball to Leigh Walker free on the left and it was played to Shennan who beat his marker to the ball to find the net.
The second half saw Gala come out all guns blazing, but again they failed to test Dean Avery, who was having a quiet afternoon in the United goal.
It took the Fishermen until the 60th minute to find their fourth. A long hopeful ball from the back caused indecision in the Gala back line which allowed Aitchison to nip in and a lob the keeper from 20 yards with his head.
The hard-working Leigh Walker got a deserved goal on 75 minutes. The visiting number one could only parry a Shennan shot which fell nicely to Walker who fired home.
Gala got a consolation goal in injury time, Avery coming for a cross he was never going to get which gave Ryan Slater the easy task of tapping the ball home.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, R. Glass, G. Wood, G. Hay, C. McBride, C. Tyson, K. Boyes, A. Brunton, P. Young, A. Smith (R. Slater, 51 mins), Gow (J. Hay, 57 mins).