Gala denied win by ‘soft’ penalty award

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Gala boss Steven Noble bemoaned a penalty awarded to Stirling University which denied his side a first Lowland League victory at Forthbank.

Fairydean Rovers looked set to create a shock when they raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through a Jamie Gibson screamer and a Stuart Noble strike.

However, the hosts pulled one back before half-time through Chris Geddes.

And the students won a penalty on the hour when Liam Corr went down in the box, which former Falkirk striker Paul Sludden converted.

Steven Noble said: “The penalty was soft, which was really disappointing from our point of view.

“Stirling had a one or two half chances afterwards, but I am disappointed not to have won the game.

“We have a lot of youngsters in the team and are still finding our feet, but I feel we are progressing with every game.”