GALA were under the cosh from the start of this match with the referee awarding a penalty to Leith in the first minute.
Elliot Turnbull saved Craig Hume’s spot kick and blocked the follow-up shot, but the ball deflected onto the inrushing Craig McBride for an own goal.
Midway through the half Jason Stevens extended the visitors’ lead and notched Leith’s third before half-time when he rounded Turnbull and stroked the ball in.
Gala were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Grant Gass picked up a second yellow card and on the hour, Stevens completed his hat-trick.
Late in the game Lewis Cairns tucked away another penalty to move Leith up to second spot.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, S. Davidson, A. Brown, G. Lothian, C. McBride, B. Miller, C. Gass, G. Gass, G. Rossi, S. Nightingale (R. Hewitson 58), M. Berry (F. Hointza 75).