Gala Fairydean Rovers FC v East Stirlingshire



Date Time League Season
9th March 2019 15:00 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
East Stirlingshire022Win
Gala Fairydean Rovers FC112Draw


Gala Fairydean Rovers v East Stirlingshire 9/3/19 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

East Stirlingshire left it late as they salvaged an unlikely 2-2 draw against Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale on Saturday.

Having been dumped out of the South Region Challenge Cup last weekend at the hands of Bonnyrigg Rose it was important for Shire to bounce back against a Gala side without a win in five games.

However, Dean Shanks’ side could take heart in the fact that they had won their two previous meetings with Shire this season without conceding a goal.

The opening exchanges were indicative of two sides low on confidence.  However, Shire could have taken the lead through Connor Greene when he was left unmarked at the back post following a corner but could only divert his header wide of the target.

Shire were very nearly punished for that miss by Ruari Paton, but the man on loan from Hibs saw his tame effort comfortably saved by Shire skipper Jamie Barclay.

Ross Allum responded for Shire but his effort was vitally blocked on the goal line as he sought to keep touch with East Kilbride’s Craig Malcolm in the race for top scorer.

However, indecisiveness in the Shire defence forced Jamie Barclay into conceding a penalty when he wiped Paton out.  The Gala man stepped up to take it himself before coolly sending Barclay the wrong way to give his side the advantage.

Shire’s response was very nearly instant after the break, but Andy Rodgers’ effort was somehow scrambled off the line after hitting the inside of the post.

The Shire man’s uncharacteristically profligate finishing denied Shire an equaliser again when Rodgers failed to tap the ball home from three yards out from David McCaughie’s excellent cross.

Gala, having toiled for much of the second half, punished Shire through Phil Addison who jinked his way through the entire defence before calmly lifting the ball over the onrushing Barclay.

Addison’s fine goal seemed to finally give Shire the clinical edge they were lacking with Ross Allum heading home to give his side faint hope of an unlikely comeback.

In a remarkable turn of events Shire then equalised through a Greene header to undo all of Gala’s hard work in a matter of minutes.

Shire very nearly won it when Paul McCafferty was sent through on goal, but the winger was denied a dramatic winner by a fine Mark Walters save.

Shire will look to continue their fine end to the season when they welcome fourth place Civil Service Strollers this weekend.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (Captain) 2. Connor Greene (RB) 3. Scott Gray (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 5. Chris McKee (LCD) 6. Steven Smith (LCM) 7. Andy Rodgers (LF) 8. Graeme MacGregor (RCM) 9. Ross Allum (RF) 10. Paul McCafferty (LM) 11. Jaime Gallagher (CM) Subs 12. Emmanuel Bitanga (not used) 14. Danny Ashe (LB) (came on for 5. Chris McKee in 83 mins 37 secs) 15. Simon White (LCM) (came on for 6. Seven Smith in 75 mins 54 secs) 16. Steven Brisbane (not used) 17. Robbie Taylor (sub gk) (not used) 18. David McCaughie (RM) (came on for 8. Graeme MacGregor in 61 mins 24 secs) 19. Fraser Neave (not used)

Gala Fairydean Rovers 1. Mark Walters 2. Ryan Stevenson (RB) 3. Tommy Patterson (LB) 4. Pat Scullion (RCD) 5. Ricky Miller (LCD)  6. Kieran Watson (LM) 7. Sandy Cunningham (RM) 8. Sean McKirdy (RCM) 9. Ruari Paton (F) 10. Charlie Green (CM) 13. Phil Addison (LCM) Subs 11. Declan Bell (not used) 12. Kieran Ainslie (not used) 14. Ross Cathcart (sub gk) (not used)

Ht 0-1 Ft 0-2

East Stirlingshire Scorers – 1) Ross Allum (75 mins 30 secs) 2) Connor Greene (85 mins 30 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assists – 1) Andy Rodgers 2) Ross Allum

East Stirlingshire Bookings – 1) Graeme MacGregor (20 mins 46 secs) 2) Chris McKee (23 mins 30 secs) 3) Danny Ashe (88 mins 6 secs)

Gala Fairydean Rovers Scorers – 1) Ruari Paton (penalty) (23 mins 50 secs) 2) Phil Addison (71 mins 19 secs)

Gala Fairydean Rovers Assists – 1) N/A 2) Ruari Paton

Crowd: 142

Referee: Steven Wilson

Assistant Referees: Vikki Allan, Raymond Hume



Gala Fairydean Rovers

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Connor GreeneDefender, Forward1000
3Scott GrayDefender0000
4Andy GrantDefender0000
6Steven Smith 15Midfielder0000
5Chris McKee 14Defender0010
7Andy RodgersMidfielder, Forward0100
8Graeme MacGregor 18Midfielder0010
9Ross AllumForward1100
10Paul McCaffertyMidfielder0000
11Jaime GallagherMidfielder0000
14Danny Ashe 5Defender0010
15Simon White 6Midfielder0000
18David McCaughie 8Midfielder0000

Gala Fairydean Rovers FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Mark WaltersGoalkeeper0000
2Ryan StevensonDefender0000
3Tommy PattersonDefender0000
4Pat ScullionDefender0000
5Ricky MillerDefender0000
6Kieran WatsonMidfielder0000
7Sandy CunninghamMidfielder0000
8Sean McKirdyMidfielder0000
9Ruari PatonForward1100
10Charlie GreenMidfielder0000
13Phil AddisonMidfielder1000
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