Rain fails to take shine off Gala day success for Samuel’s Spartans

Posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Spartans ensured there was to be no happy Rovers return for former Ainslie Park favourite Chris Anderson as Dougie Samuel’s side closed the gap at the top of the Scottish Sun Lowland League to five points with a 3-0 win v Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Before the game, players and supporters impeccably observed a minute silence to remember those who gave their lives in the 1st World War as part of this weekend’s Remembrance events.

The earlier autumnal Edinburgh blue sky was replaced by wintery wet weather as the Spartans got the game underway attacking the Café end in the first half.

Spartans took the lead in the 12th minute after a goalmouth melee saw the ball break to Errol Douglas, the big striker unable to push the ball through some desperate defending however it broke to Willie Bremner who slotted home his sixth goal of the season.

A thumping strike by Bremner almost doubled the lead shortly after, however his 25 yard attempt flew off the John Dodds torso in the Gala goals and away to safety.  Quite how much the Fairydean keeper knew about it as the slippery sphere headed his way, we’ll perhaps never know.

It was largely one-way traffic as the rain continued to fall.  Errol Douglas and Kevin Motion combined well before the latter pushed the ball into the path of John Grant who saw his shot go narrowly wide.

With five minutes left on the clock before the break, Spartans finally turned their possession into a second goal.  Douglas, who moments earlier was denied by the woodwork, capitalised on a defensive faux-pas before ramming the ball past Dodds.

Half Time: Spartans 2-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers

Spartans started the second half in a similar vein – on the attack – and the untimely intervention of Errol Douglas denied Alan Brown from opening his 2014/15 account.  Brown’s shot looked netbound, only to find the back of the unfortunately placed Douglas who helped the visitors out by deflecting the ball wide.

Two substitutions in a five minute spell looked to freshen things up for the home side, with Donal Henretty replacing Iain Thomson before Jack Beesley entered the fray at the expense of goal-scorer Bremner.

With fifteen minutes left, Spartans wrapped up the three points courtesy of new recruit Jack Nixon.  The ball making its way across a crowded goalmouth to find an unmarked Nixon who drilled the ball low and hard to net his first goal for the club.

As the game entered injury-time, fine footwork by Jack Beacher, who earlier replaced Errol Douglas, saw the substitute outfox his marker to set up Kevin Motion however last week’s match-winner fired wide.

Full Time: Spartans 3-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers

Today’s Malt and Hops Man of the Match: Ally MacKinnon

Spartans Team: Swain, Nixon, Cennerazzo, Sivewright, MacKinnon, Thomson (Henretty), Brown, Grant, Douglas (Beacher), Bremner (Beesley), Motion.  Subs (unused) Bruce & Gilpin

In other news, the Under 20s continued their winning ways, with a 0-7 win away to Heriot Watt at Riccarton.  The goal-scoring machine George Hunter grabbed a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 29 whilst Dylan Tait with a brace and Jamie Dishington & Blair Aitkinson completed the rout.

Meanwhile, on the Community Pitch at the Academy, the Amateurs won their first game of the season, with a 3-1 win over previously undefeated Musselburgh who missed two penalties.

Next Fixture

Date: 16/07/24
Opponent: Cove Rangers
Venue:Balmoral Stadium
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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