Spirited finish by Spartans hits Netherdale men hard at home

editorial image

Gala Fairydean Rovers1


An injury time winner by Sean Muhsin completed the perfect comeback for Spartans who left it late to beat Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale on Saturday.

The game kicked off in glorious conditions and it was the home side, coming off the back of two league wins, who took the lead.

Darren Thompson’s cross was met by Stuart Noble inside the visitor’s box and his effort managed to hit the foot of the post and make it’s way into the net.

A 40-yard piledriver from Ross Aitchison rattled the crossbar as half-time approached and there was still time before the break for one last Spartans attack, but Michael Herd was unable to make his shot count after a fine turn on the edge of the box.

Spartans came off the blocks the hungrier side after the restart.

A telling Jack Beesley cross found the head of Keith McLeod but he could only pick out the very welcoming arms of Steven King in the Gala goal.

The Gala keeper continued his good form, diving low to save McLeod’s spot kick after Michael Herd was upended.

Spartans went for broke with 10 minutes to go. Beesley whipped in an in-swinging corner and John Grant nipped in front of his marker to glance the ball past King to equalise.

The game went into injury time with a draw perhaps a fitting result. However, Craig Stevenson scooped the ball to the back post for Muhsin to side-foot into net to earn the visitors a late victory.