Edusport Academy 1

Gala Fairydean Rovers 2

Graeme McIver

at Galabank

DESPITE falling behind to Edusport Academy, Gala Fairydean Rovers recovered to enjoy back-to-back Lowland League wins for only the second time this season.

Dean Shanks' team had enjoyed a thrilling six goal derby win over Vale of Leithen a fortnight earlier.

And despite a week's lay-off in between, the Fairydean Rovers continued their winning ways in Annan.

A delighted Shanks told us: "We are pleased to get a bit of consistency of performance and I thought we thoroughly deserved all three points today.

"Edusport are a good team who pass the ball well on this pitch but we dug in after conceding and could have won by a bigger margin.”

Two of Gala's more influential players were missing for the journey to Galabank.

But even without the suspended Sean McKirdy and injured Ricky Miller Shanks' team were impressive.

Tommy Patterson who had scored four in his previous outing against the Vale had the best chance of the opening exchanges when he drilled a shot hard and low from the left side of the penalty area but the home keeper Matt Kerr managed to beat his strike away.

Edusport took the lead on seven minutes when Hugo Catrine picked up the ball just outside the box and hit an unstoppable shot high behind Paddy Martin.

It was a superb goal and the home side looked in the mood to add to their tally with the impressive Scott McLaughlin pulling the strings in midfield and Maximie Oulahaito and Marc Kelly proving to be a handful down the left hand side.

Paddy Martin in the visiting goal made two or three good saves to keep the score at 1-0.

But as the break approached the visitors began to exert sustained pressure.

After a series of corners they deservedly drew level after Reece Donaldson turned home a Tommy Patterson cross with a minute to go to half-time.

This was an entertaining game between two evenly matched sides but it was the visitors who grabbed the initiative on 70 minutes when on-loan Hibs youngster Ruari Paton fired home at the back post.

Ricky Waddell’s Edu tried their best to get back on terms but the visitors held firm to leapfrog their hosts into 7th position in the league table.

Gala Fairydean Rovers: P Martin, R Stevenson, S Main, R Donaldson, K Ainslie, D Smith, S Cunningham, K Watson, R Paton (P Addison 90), C O'Reilly & T Patterson.