Gala Fairydean Rovers beat Stow in Border Amateur League derby

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Stow 2 Gala Fairydean Rovers Amateurs 3

BAL Division A

Stow suffered their first loss of the season to close rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers Amateurs last night.

Gala opened the scoring on the half hour when Ryan Clapperton was adjudged to have fouled Craig Gow in the penalty box, and former Stow player Jay Wilson found the net from the spot.

Seven minutes later, Stow had their own penalty when for a handball but Stevie King saved Jordan Steele’s attempt which was hit straight at him.

Stow had an appeal for a penalty on 51 minutes when Hagen Steele appeared to be fouled in the area, only for referee John Blaikie to wave away the claims.

But just a minute later, player/manager Paul Young send Clapperton through to score beyond King.

Gala restored their lead on 59 minutes when Shaun Quinn produced a superb turn to set up substitute Kerr Scott to tap into the net.

And with 25 minutes remaining, Liam Howel added a third.

The game sparked back into life on 68 minutes as Martin Gibson’s powerful header made it 3-2.

Stow piled on the pressure for an equaliser but Gala held firm for a hard fought three points.

Stow boss Young said: “We were shocking in the first half but I thought we deserved something from the game for our second half showing.”

Stow: T. Kerr, K. Rutherford, D. Paterson, R. Pritchard, G. Wood, D. Leckie (C. Wood 63), P. Young, R. Clapperton, J. Steele (B. Hunter 87), H. Steele (M. Gibson 65), J. Crawford.

Gala Fairydean Rovers: S. King, J. Harkness, L. Hardie, P. Hossack, S. MacKenzie, J. Wilson, W. Curran, J. Scott (K. Scott 55), L. Howel (J. Millar), S. Quinn (Blackwood 76), C. Gow.