GALA Fairydean Rovers leapfrogged opponents University of Stirling and moved into 12th place after a 2-0 victory at Netherdale this afternoon.

Nicky Reid hit he bar with an early strike before Gala took the lead in the 15th minute. A throw in by the visitors was won by Ciaran Greene and his powerful header landed in the path of striker Jamie Semple who held off two defenders before calmly slotting the ball past the students’ keeper Van  Gromov Godik.

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Five minted later Shea Scally struck the Gala bar with a 25-yard strike and although Jay Cantley appeared to get a touch the referee awarded a goal kick.

Godik then did well to deny Reid following a well worked Gala move.

Just before the break Cantley produced a superb diving save and Greene was on hand to block an effort from Alex James.

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Michael Aitken replaced Kyle Semple for the second half and the visitors almost equalised within minutes of the restart but Cantley did well to save from Cameron McKinlay.

At the other end, Godik did well to save from Jamie Semple after being set up by Liam Watt.

Gospel Ocholi replaced Nicky Reid and the winger wrapped the game up with three minutes remaining after great work down the left wing by Jamie Semple.

Gala almost made it 3-0 in time added on but Danny Galbraith’s shot rebounded off the post and Ocholi’s follow up effort did likewise.

The outstanding Greene won the Precious Windows & Doors man of the match award but there were several contenders.

The full match report wit reactions will be in next week’s Border Telegraph.

Gala are back in action against aganst Edinburgh University on Tuesday night at Netherdale.