GFR WEEKLY UPDATE
AFTER last week's heavy defeat at home to East Stirlingshire, Gala Fairydean Rovers will be aiming to bounce back when they travel to Peffermill to face Edinburgh University in the Lowland League on Saturday. The Students have proved to be tricky opponents in the past but both teams are locked on the same number of points and Gala will be hoping to start climbing the league table again. Cost of the return trip for the supporters bus is just £6.
Transport departs from the clubrooms at 12.30p.m.
SPECTATORS at Saturday's Gala Fairydean Rovers versus East Stirlingshire responded magnificently to the "Pay What You Can" initiative at the turnstiles. All donations at the gate were given to charity with a total of £405.60 raised. This money will be split between the club’s charity partners, Scottish HART, The Rowan Boland Trust, Calum’s Trust and BAAGS.
In addition an additional £36.50 worth of tray bakes for the Rowan Boland Trust were sold at the game.
Earlier this season the club had collection buckets on the counter of the café and bar and were able to donate £50 to the Radio Borders Cash For Kids Appeal.
Collecting tins on the bar have also raised an additional £12 for Scottish Hart. Thanks to all those who have contributed so generously.
NO tickets matched the numbers 2, 17 and 19 in the weekly Gala Fairydean Rovers Lotto draw. That means the estimated jackpot this weekend rises to £750.
JIMMY Brown was the £25 winner in the weekly Gala Fairydean Rovers Bonus Ball competition with number 31.
GFR under 13s produced a fantastic performance away to Portobello CFA Thistle to come away with a 1-0 victory. On a difficult surface Gala still managed to produce some good spells of play but more importantly worked their socks off collectively and showed plenty of character in a battling performance. Jack Niven capped an excellent performance with the games only goal midway through the second half but it was an outstanding display from the whole squad and in particular the back four of Joe Charlton, Aaron Milburn, Dougray Seggie and Jon McLean and goalkeeper Paddy Beatt. Next game is Dunbar United on Sunday. Kick off at the 3G Arena is 11am.
The under 14s went down 7-1 away to Kirkliston South Queensferry on Sunday. This Sunday the team are away to North Merchiston. Transport times to be given at training.
IT'S a double header involving the under 15s and Spartans at the 3G Arena this Sunday. The under 15s team host Spartans, kick off 12.30p.m., in the Federation of Hearts Supporters Cup.
This will be followed by the under 15s Colts in action against Spartans FC Colts, kick off 2p.m.
The under 16s secured a hard-earned 1-1 draw away to Spartans FC Whites on Sunday. This Sunday the team are on their travels again away to North Merchiston FC on league business.
A SENSATIONAL fightback with five goals in the final 20 minutes saw the under 17s progress in the Michael Moran League Cup with an 8-5 victory over Cramond Blues at a very foggy Netherdale on Saturday. The Gala scorers were Jack Swaney(3), Patrick Carlin, 2, Luke Miesner, Andrew Callow and Tyler Grainger. The team have now qualified for the semi finals where they will play Musselburgh Windsor Blues. But first up this Saturday the under 17s travel to play Musselburgh Windsor Young Stars in the Prison Officers Cup.
Transport times to be given at training.
CONGRATULATIONS to former Gala Fairydean manager Dougie Anderson who has been appointed assistant manager at Championship side Queen of the South. He moves from East Fife with former Scotland defender Gary Naysmith who takes over as manager at Palmerston Park.