Spot-on Rovers reach the semis after penalty shoot-out victory

Selkirk v Cowdenbeath. Yarrow Park. Des Sutherland.
Selkirk v Cowdenbeath. Yarrow Park. Des Sutherland.

East Linton 1

Gala Rovers 1

(aet – Gala Rovers won 4-2 on penalties)

ROVERS’ South Cup journey continued after they came out on top in a penalty shoot-out.

But it was homesters East Linton who looked the more likely with the bulk of chances at goal. Steven Noble cleared the ball off the line minutes after the start, before the hosts went ahead in the 45th minute through Jamie Jackson.

Defending throughout the second period and with only rare opportunites to equalise, Rovers’ cup prospects seemed to be slipping away.

Julian Anderson posed a continual threat to the visitors and was unlucky not to tuck a few of his shots away, but outstanding work by Gala goalie Steve King denied him.

East Linton were reduced to 10 men after Jamie Ingles picked up his second yellow card in the 83rd minute. From the resultant free kick, Sutherland blasted the ball home from 25yards.

In extra time, despite being a man down, East Linton came close to regaining the lead, but Ryan Grant cleared the ball from the goalline.

Craig Middlemiss had a chance to put Rovers in front, but his shot was slightly off target.

With neither side able to bag a winner, penalties decided the issue – and it was Gala who triumphed 4-2 in the shoot-out. They now face Ancrum in the semi-finals.

Gala Rovers: S. King, S. Mackenzie, S. Noble, K. Matheson, K. Collins, A. Nicol, A. Hardie, B. Noble, C.Jardine, S.Noble, D.Sutherland. Subs: R. Grant, C. Gow, C. Middlemiss, G. Nicol.