GeoSonic Lowland League | Talismanic Tolmie leads Spartans to victory over gallant Gala

Posted on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Spartans made it four wins on the bounce across all competitions with a hard fought 2-0 win over a stubborn Gala Fairydean Rovers outfit who made it difficult for Dougie Samuel’s side under the lights at Ainslie Park.

With the exception of an unavailable Aaron Scott and Alan Brown having a cameo with the Under 20s on his road to recovery, the Gaffer had a near but fully fit squad to choose from against the Borders side who barely befit their lowly ninth spot in the table.

A balmy night in North Edinburgh brought out a decent number of purveyors of fine non-league football however the opening quarter of an hour was perhaps one for the purists as both sides cancelled each other out with some sublime passing but a lack of penetration to trouble either goalkeeper.

It wasn’t devoid of competitive edge though and some robust challenges saw a bit of shin rubbing and a not much left to the imagination in terms of the verbal reactions that followed suit!

On with the game though and the deadlock was broken in the 25th minute. A free-kick from out wide was swung into the box and a wee nudge on fell into the path of Blair Tolmie at the back post who stroked the ball home with aplomb to net his third of the season.

A half chance was to follow when Adam Corbett went on an exploration of the Rovers red zone before passing to Blair Atkinson however the striker just couldn’t get enough purchase on the ball to do anything other than force a save.

There was a wee bit of niggle creeping in and the Referee was required to step in and brandish a ticket or two.  Smith and Richardson of the tourists both going in the jotter, with the former perhaps fortunate to only see yellow for his over enthusiasm in a tussle with Ian McFarland.

As the waft of the half time Bain’s Pies grew stronger, an loud appeal from the home dug outs was waved aside as Blair Atkinson went up – then down – deep inside the penalty box under a challenge.

HT: Spartans 1-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers

The visitors looked lively after the break however a sterling shift from the Spartans rear guard meant that Blair Carswell was on target for his 55th clean sheet in 145 appearances.

At the other end, David Greenhill showed once again why he is one of the most talented in the league when he showed great skills to drive into the box before setting up Jack Smith who saw his effort well saved by the Rovers keeper.

Mikey Herd, who joined the coveted 150 club last week in Annan, teed himself up moments later for a half volley from 25 yards that had the Gala goalie in full flight for the cameras to tip round the post.

Spartans secured the three points with a quarter of an hour left on the clock.  In what the bench will call a stroke of tactical genius, replacement Steven MacDonald took on his marker before stretching those long legs to leave his man flagging before sending in an impossible cross to defend which could only see the keeper palm away but straight into the path of Jack Smith who won’t score many easy goals that that.

Gala looked to rally in order to set up a decidedly cliched ‘grandstand finish’ however it wasn’t to be for the Netherdale side and it was Spartans who saw out the remaining stages of the contest to record a two goal win.

FT: Spartans 2-0 Gala Fairydean Rovers


Next Fixture

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Date: Saturday 29th June
Opponent: Keith FC
Venue: Ainslie Park
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Kick off: 1.00pm

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