EoS PREMIER DIVISION
Gavin Malin claimed a silver medal as part of the Great Britain team at the World University Games last week, but the striker put in a golden performance to help his Spartans team defeat Selkirk.
Malin notched a hat-trick and set up Spartans’ other goal to send the Yarrow Park club to their second four-goal loss in two Premier Division games, following a 4-0 mauling at Vale of Leithen the previous midweek.
Malin and Co looked dangerous early on, but Selkirk also had a number of half chances, with Andy Hardie and Daryl Burdett continuing their good early season form in midfield.
Spartans did break through on 32 minutes as Malin set up former Gala Fairydean striker Chris Anderson, who was adjudged to have been fouled by Selkirk keeper John Dodds, and Malin scored from the penalty spot.
One nil down at half-time became 2-0 just 30 seconds after the result. Confusion between Euan Pritchard and Dodds allowed Malin to nip in and square the ball for Omar Kader to score.
Malin then completed his hat-trick with two more goals as Selkirk pushed forward to try and get back into the match.
Pritchard grabbed a late goal as he steered Ross McManus’s free kick into the Spartans net.
Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, J. Inglis, B. Milven (L. Hardie 66), E. Pritchard, Ross McManus, D. Burdett, Ryan McManus (D. Battle 83), J. Gibson, A. Hardie (J. Watt 74), J. Higginbottom.