GALA Fairydean Rovers are through to the final of the East of Scotland Cup thanks to a well deserved 1-0 victory over League One Kelty Hearts at New Central Park yesterday

Martin Scott’s men went into the game in confident mood on the back of last week’s 4-2 win over Celtic B at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

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Unsurprisingly Scott went with the same starting XI which included the two new loan players, Gospel Ocholi and Ruairidh Adams.

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Gala almost took the lead in the 15th minute when Hearts’ defender Reis Peggie’s back header looped over keeper Liam Campbell but dropped just wide of the posts.

And they shocked the home fans by taking the lead in the 34th minute with a superb volley from Quinn Mitchell.

Ocholi almost doubled Gala’s advantage with a curling effort in the 57th minute but the ball flew inches over the bar.

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The Gala fans held their breath moments later when Alfredo Agyeman drove into the box but his effort went wide.

Scott made a number of late substitutions and his team held their nerve to reach the final where they will face either FC Edinburgh and Linlithgow Rose who meet in the other semi-final next month.

After the final whistle Scott said: “We thoroughly deserved the victory I thought. We carried on that momentum from the Celtic B game.”

The full match report with reactions from Scott will be in this week’s Border Telegraph.