DALBEATTIE STAR 0
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
Gala Fairydean Rovers picked up their second win in a row at Islecroft, with Lewis Muir the hero some wonderful saves against ten man Dalbeattie Star. Steven Noble’s side started the game on the front foot with Adam Watson and Stuart Noble both forcing good saves on five minutes before Billy Miller sliced the ball just wide from the edge of the box.
Dalbeattie had their first shot on twenty-two minutes with Milligan’s twenty-five yard free kick held easily by Muir. Gala went up the park and forced a corner just a minute later but Scott Main’s free header lopped over from the penalty spot. Lee Stephen made a wonderful block to deny what was a certain goal from two yards after thirty-seven minutes for McHarrie and he deservedly took the acclaim of his teammates.
The visitors took a deserved lead on fifty-one minutes, albeit in fortunate fashion. Sean Paliczka took the ball on the right flank and drove to the edge of the box and clipped the ball into the box. Somehow the ball found its way into the top corner much to the delight of the travelling fans. The home side seemed frustrated by the goal and it all boiled over on the hour mark with top scorer Degnan shown a straight red for a late, high tackle on Sean Guiney. He was then involved again a few minutes later making a crucial block tackle to prevent McHarrie a shot from four yards.
Dalbeattie were awarded a contentious penalty on seventy-three minutes with McHarrie going down rather easily after brushing against Lee Stephen. Brothers stood over the ball ready to bring his side level but Lewis Muir had other ideas. He sprung wonderfully to his left and shot out a strong hand to push away the powerful shot. Dalbeattie were piling on the pressure late on and Muir once again got down emphatically to push away a ricocheting ball in a forest of legs after eighty-eight minutes. Lee Stephen played the ball up to Grant Rose who was clean through on Parker in the Dalbeattie net with fellow loanee Adam Watson up alongside him. He showed intelligence to square it for Watson who finished well into the empty net to seal a great win for Gala.
GFR: Muir, Stephen, Guiney, Aitchison ©, Main, Heugh, Smith, Watson, Noble (Rose 85’), Miller, Paliczka (Neave 85’)