STRIKER Zander Murray scored twice, missed a penalty and was stretchered off in Gala Fairydean Rovers’ 3-1 win over Caledonian Braves.

The 27-year-old’s first half brace helped his team to their first win in five games.

But a late injury could force the Netherdale club’s top scorer out for several weeks.

Gala manager Neil Hastings said: “Zander showed today why he is such a big player for us.

“He’s missed a couple of games through injury and we miss him.

“We are hoping the ankle injury isn’t as bad as we first feared when he was brought off, but we’ll have to wait a couple of days for a proper assessment.

“That was a huge win for us today against a really good team.

“We could even have had a few more goals during the first half and won a bit easier, that’s how good we were today.”

Niall Kelly also scored for the home team with Ross McNeill netting the consolation for Braves towards full time.

A late Craig Brown strike ended East Stirlingshire’s slim title hopes at Falkirk Stadium.

Although Reis Peggie had cancelled out Stirling University’s opener from Callum Downie, it was the Students who took points.

Struggling Dalbeattie Star crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Cumbernauld Colts and also had a player sent off.

Ross Cavanagh, Scott Davidson and Richard Kirwan all scored for the home team during a dominant first half at Broadwood.

Although Star prevented conceding any more goals after the break, they did have Dean Brotherstone red-carded in the closing stages.

All other matches were postponed due to water-logged pitches.