Despite a brave performance, Gala Fairydean Rovers narrowly lost out to Linlithgow Rose in the final of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup at Penicuik Park ths afternoon.

Gala went into the game as underdogs but more than held their own before Alan Docherty gave Rose the lead in the 40th minute.

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Gala responded immediately however and top scorer Zander Murray equalised on the stroke of half-time with a well taken strike from the edge of the area.

The second-half belonged to the Borderers who created chance after chance and were denied a stonewall penalty when Ryan Schivove was brought down inside the box.

But with six-minutes remaining, Docherty scored his second goal of the day against the run of play and with gala chasing an equaliser Sean Heaver wrapped things up for Rose in the dying minutes.

Despite finishing as runners up, the performance provides optimism for next season.

Read the full match report with reactions in this week's Border Telegraph