Gala boss Noble disappointed at weak display



Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.

Gala Fairydean vs Selkirk FC at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean Rovers manager Steven Noble.

Gala manager Stevie Noble tore into his players at the end of Saturday’s match, after watching them leak five goals to the Students.

Even University boss Dorian Ogunro was surprised at how many goals his side was allowed to score.

This was not a game where Gala played particularly badly in possession, but although they created several chances up front, the back of the net was not easy to find.

Defensively, however, they were little short of deplorable.

Noble said: “We had decent spells in the game, we had a few good chances – some of them where it would have been easier to score – but if you don’t take these chances, you leave yourself open.

“When they scored their second goal, we had to throw caution to the wind, but the way we lost every goal was terrible. It’s not just the bnack four, the whole team defensively was weak ... weak in tackles, weak at winning headers ... we were flimsy, and we weren’t reacting to the loose balls or the second balls.

“The players should be embarrassed with themselves today.

“But I’m looking for a big effort in training this week so we can bounce back next week and get a result.”

Gala were on top in the arly stages, with Stuart Noble and Dean McColm both going forcing saves from Mark Tait, before the Students went ahead in the 12th minute. The ease in which Joe Aitken sidefooted the opener was perhaps a sign of things to come.

As half-time approached, Gala had their best period, but there was no way through. Jamie Gibson came closest, hitting the bar with a flying volley.

Eight minutes into the second half, Peter Mair got Uni’s second, after his first shot was blocked by Mark Wilson in the Gala goal.

And in the last 10 minutes, the visitors seemed to score just by looking netwards.

Jack Guthrie took two, while sub Andrew Finlay scored with his first touch of the ball after coming onto the park.

It was all too easy. Even for Ogunro, who said he was not expecting the goal rush.

“We have actually been playing well and not scoring goals, which is an issue I have been hoping to address,” he said.

“Today, the boys didn’t play as well as we have in previous games, but we scored the goals and that’s what matters.”