Gala’s dazzling spell in Beveridge Cup final

Gala Fairydean Rovers meet Hawick Waverley at Lauder's Woodcot Pavillion for the BAL Beveridge Cup final
Gala Fairydean Rovers meet Hawick Waverley at Lauder's Woodcot Pavillion for the BAL Beveridge Cup final

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(after extra time)

The sun was out for this Beveridge Cup Final at Lauder and both sides did their fair share of shining in the battle for silverware.

It was Gala Fairydean Rovers who ended up sparkling the most, however, thanks to a dazzling eight minute spell during the second period of extra time which produced two goals.

In the 27th minute, though, Gala drew first blood. Liam Wallace made an immaculate job of a penalty after Inglis had brought down Jay Wilson.

Waverley took this in their stride and within two minutes snatched an equaliser. A Shiel punch out broke to the feet of Taylor Hope who blasted an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

After Rovers’ Shaun Hardie had scooped a shot over the bar, Waverley were robbed of a goal by the woodwork just on half time, Liam Gellaitry hitting the post with a header after connecting with a Taylor Hope corner kick.

Gala made the running at the beginning of the second half, but a well-organised Waverley defence coped with anything that came their way.

The Hawick outfit gradually began to come back into the scene and play remained keen and even, but clear-cut scoring chances were few and far between.

Davis Hope rattled a shot against the underside of the bar for Waverley, however, and Sutherland had a shot well saved by Hawick number one, Kerr Brown.

The cup final duly went into extra time and with two minutes of the first period gone, Gala took the lead. After carrying the ball wide, Ian Chalmers swung over a cross which was headed in by Sutherland.

After Brown had pulled off a brilliant save from Liam Howel, Waverley equalised in the 106th minute when Inglis blasted in a penalty after Swailes had been upended.

Then, just when thoughts of a penalty shootout could have been on the cards, Gala produced their barn-storming finish.

Wilson got the third by bringing an end to a darting run by firing past Brown, before Sutherland sealed victory with a well-taken fourth.

Two-goal ace Des Sutherland said of his side’s victory: “It was a good competitive game. The Waverley are a good side and they pushed us all the way, and it took us late into extra time to get the goals that won us the match.

“I was pleased to get amongst the goals – especially as I got my 30th goal of the season.”