East Stirlingshire v Gala Fairydean Rovers FC



Date Time League Season
29th September 2018 15:00 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
East Stirlingshire000Loss
Gala Fairydean Rovers FC123Win


East Stirlingshire v Gala Fairydean Rovers 29/9/18 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

East Stirlingshire’s league woes continued with a heavy 3-0 defeat to Gala Fairydean which saw the visiting Rovers leap-frog Shire in the Lowland League standings.

Del Ure and his team came into this match in good spirits having dispatched off a poor Huntly side the week prior to reach the second round of the Scottish Cup. However, they wouldn’t have it all their own way against a Gala side fresh off their own cup win.

Ure said in midweek that he wanted to see his side apply their cup form to the league, however, he was sorely let down as Gala started the brighter with Hibernian loanee Ruari Paton shooting straight at Jamie Barclay after being sent clean through.

Shire seemed unable to recapture the intensity that saw them ease past Huntly, with a combination of misplaced passes and poor first touches stifling their efforts in attack.

They were eventually punished for their passiveness as the impressive Paton had the simple job of running the ball over the line uncontested after Jamie Barclay had parried a shot into the danger area.

Shire had Barclay to thank for not falling further behind as he denied the Gala attack once more after a poorly judged Bitanga pass brought up a glorious chance.

Ure sought to change things at the break with the introduction of Simon White and Steven Brisbane. The changes almost paid dividends early as Shire almost levelled the scoring after Rodgers curled narrowly wide after being teed up by strike partner Ross Allum.

Having been unable to attack with any fluency in the first half, Shire started to find their feet and could feel slightly aggrieved after the reinvigorated Rodgers went down on the very edge of the penalty box only for the referee to signal for a free-kick.

The decision became even more controversial when Gala doubled their lead after a dangerous cut-back forced Graeme MacGregor to turn the ball into his own net and give the visitors much needed breathing space.

MacGregor’s unfortunate contribution proved the killer, as Shire’s fate was confirmed shortly after when Ricky Miller rose unchallenged at a corner to seal an emphatic win.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay 2. Andy Grant (RB) 3. Adam Murray (LB) 4.Danny Ashe (captain) (LCD) 5. Emmanuel Bitanga (RCD) 6. Robbie McNab (RCM) 7. Andy Rodgers (LF) 8. Graeme MacGregor (LCM) 9. Ross Allum (RF) 10. David McCaughie (RM) 11. Drew Ramsay (LM) Subs 12. Simon White (LCM) (came on for 6. Robbie McNab 46 mins) 14. Paul McCafferty (not used) 15. Steven Brisbane (CM) (came on for 10. David McCaughie 46 mins) 16. Ludovic Erhard (LCM) (came on for 5. Emmanuel Bitanga 80 mins) 17. Iain Ure (sub gk) (not used) 18. Derek Ure (not used) 19. Chris McKee (not used)

Gala Fairydean Rovers: 1. Patrick Martin 2. Daryl Johnston (RB) 3. Scott Main (LB) 4. Ricky Miller (CD) 5. Kieran Watson (CM) 6. Sean Conaghan (LCM) 7. Dale Baxter (LM) 8. Sean McKirdy (Captain) (RCM) 9. Josh Morris (LF) 10. Ruadi Paton (RF) 11. Tommy Patterson (RM) Subs 12. Darren Smith (LCM) (came on for 8. Sean McKirdy 53mins) (took over as captain) 14. Kieran Ainslie (came on for 3. Scott Main (LB) 71 mins) 15. Kris Mitchell (not used) 16. Sandy Cunningham (CM) (came on for 6. Sean Conaghan 89 mins) 17. Gregor Amos (sub gk) (not used)

Ht 0-1 Ft 0-3

Gala Fairydean Rovers Scorers – 1) Ruadi Paton (18 mins) 2) O.G. (Graeme MacGregor) (63 mins) 3) Ricky Miller (74 mins)

Gala Fairydean Rovers Assists – 1) N/A 2) Dale Baxter 3) Darren Smith

East Stirlingshire Bookings – 1) David McCaughie (42 mins) 2) Emmanuel Bitanga (73 mins) 3) Adam Murray (76 mins)

Crowd: 178

Referee: Alex Shepherd

Assistant Referees: Euan Donaldson, Jack Frame


East Stirlingshire (Falkirk Stadium)

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Andy GrantDefender0000
3Adam MurrayDefender0010
4Danny AsheDefender0000
5Emmanuel Bitanga 16Defender0010
6Robbie McNab 12Midfielder0000
7Andy RodgersForward0000
8Graeme MacGregorMidfielder0000
9Ross AllumForward0000
10David McCaughie 15Midfielder0010
11Drew RamsayDefender0000
12Simon White 6Midfielder0000
15Steven Brisbane 10Midfielder0000
16Ludovic Erhard 5Midfielder0000

Gala Fairydean Rovers FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Patrick MartinGoalkeeper0000
2Daryl JohnsonDefender0000
3Scott Main 14Defender0000
4Ricky MillerDefender1000
5Kieran WatsonMidfielder0000
6Sean Conaghan 16Midfielder0000
7Dale BaxterMidfielder0100
8Sean McKirdy 12Midfielder0000
9Josh MorrisForward0000
10Ruari PatonForward1000
11Tommy PattersonMidfielder0000
12Darren Smith 8Midfielder0100
14Kieran Ainslie 3Defender0000
16Sandy Cunningham 6Midfielder0000
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Red Cards