Trio of wins sets Gala Rovers up nicely for cup final

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GALA ROVERS picked up nine points last week with a hard fought battle at Newtown coming from 1-0 down and winning 3-1 before a trip to Gavinton to face Duns.

With some early scares from Duns it was then Sutherland who opened the scoring followed by Greene and then Jardine, finishing the match 3-0 to the Rovers.

Chirnside were third in line on the Rovers fixture list.

Kicking off at the San Siro keeper Fenton shone in the first half with his impressive saves. Chirnside were close to taking the lead on the 25th minute with a well timed powerful shot that was cleared for a corner. Eventually it was a cross from Jardine that resulted in Stuart Noble opening the scoring for the home side seconds before the half time whistle blew.

The second half began in much the same manner. Noble was on the score sheet again with a pass from Sutherland that he blasted into the bottom corner of the goal increasing the home sides lead further. Chirnsides keeper made an outstanding save denying Sutherland his first of the match but it was only a minute later that he got his name onto the score sheet with a hopeful right footed drive into the back of the net.

Chirnside reacted with their number 9 slamming an unstoppable powerful volley past keeper Fenton.

Sutherland completed his 10th hat trick this season scoring in the 75th and 86th minute. Andrew Hardie impressed the home fans throughout the match with his intricate passing and quick feet.

In the final minutes of the match Jamie Collins left the pitch to around of applause leaving the San Siro turf for the final time as he is jetting of to America to coach football. Replacing him was substitute Kieran Martin who spurred a glorious opportunity to get his name onto the score sheet but his shot was sent inches past the post. The final score line was 5-1 to the Rovers.

Rovers manager Bryan Templeton said: “It was an all round great performance from everyone. There was some great football on display from both sides it will make for an exciting Beveridge Cup final this weekend against Chirnside again.”

Gala Rovers: M. Fenton, G. Nicol, S. Greene, S. Mackenzie, A. Nicol, A. Hardie, B. Noble, J. Collins, C. Jardine, S. Noble, D. Sutherland. Subs: C. Gow, C. Middlemiss, K. Martin, C. Mackenzie.