Ten man Vale no match for Gretna

Gretna 2008 4 Vale of Leithen 1


VALE rounded off their season with a defeat at Raydale Park, which meant a ninth place finish in the Premier Division.

The Innerleithen side took the lead after 25 minutes when Jack Blaikie sent a free kick into the area and Scott Moffat headed home at the back post.

The goal saw Moffat edge ahead of Danny Noon as the club’s top scorer for the season, but Vale’s lead lasted just three minutes as Sergio Royo Okocha embarked on a fine solo run before firing home the equaliser.

The game turned the home side’s way as they firstly took the lead through Joe Slattery, before Vale were reduced to ten men for the second game in a row as Noon saw red for remarks to the referee.

It was thanks to Vale keeper Mark Wilson that Gretna weren’t able to add to their lead before half time, but in the first minute of the second half Slattery grabbed his second as he supplied the finish to an Alan Inglis free kick.

Gretna dominated the remainder of the game, but they could only manage to breach the Vale backline once more as Inglis found the net with a free kick from the edge of the area.

Vale of Leithen: M. Wilson; C. McAleavy, D. McAleavy, R. McKenzie, J. Blaikie, C. Inglis, S. Moffat, K. Dodds, D. Moon, J. R. Kerr, D. Thomson. Subs: F. Ogilvie, V. Young.