Gala FR 1
Stirling University 4
Stirling University boss Eddie May was full of praise for Gala Fairydean Rovers on Saturday ... moments after watching his students hammer them 4-1.
The former Hibs star told The Southern: “This is a difficult place to come to and Gala are probably one of the better sides we have played this season.
“If they get you bogged down in play they can cause you major problems, but I think we scored our goals at just the right time.
“Gala were left chasing the game, but they were never out of it, even at 3-0 down.”
May said he would be surprised if his side got away with another big win this Saturday when the two sides meet again in the South Challenge Cup, adding: “I think it will be another really close game, as it has been between us for the last couple of matches.”
Gala were, to be fair, grotesquely out of shape due to several players being forced to play out of position.
But the long-range nature of the first two goals seems to lay the blame squarely on the back of the Gala number one, John Dodds.
That may have been the case, as he did seem slow to react to the strikes from Owen Donaghue-Kelly and Tomas Jones.
And he did give Paul Jon Sludden plenty of room to fire a shot in across the goal for the third.
However, he did go on to produce a string of first-class saves which at least kept the score less than embarrassing.
Stuart Noble got one back on the 69th minute with a thumping free kick that was powered by sheer frustration, but five minutes from the end a Fraser Forrest back pass was intercepted by Sludden in an offside position, but his turning score stood.
Gala boss Stuart Noble said: “When we went two goals down early doors, it left us with a mountain to climb.
“We tried to set things up so that wouldn’t happen, but it didn’t go to plan at all.
“They were a good couple of strikes from their guys, to be fair.
“But we came out well in the second half and played with a lot of spirit, and we showed Stirling we are not a bad side.
“I really think that next week we can come out and reverse that result.”