Thursday 28th July 2022,
North Edinburgh Community News

Spartans secure three points against Gala in Friday night’s league action

Spartans secured three points in the GeoSonic Lowland League with a 2-0 win over Gala Fairydean Rovers on Friday night.

Dougie Samuel’s men welcomed the Borders club to the Ainslie Park knowing they would be a difficult team to beat.

The visitors best chance of the first half came after a quarter of an hour when Phil Addison picked out Ruari Paton who broke away from the Spartans defence and his first-time effort was saved well by Blair Carswell.

Addison fancied his chances a few minutes later when he picked the ball up in space but his thirty-yard shot sailed wide of the post.

These chances spurred Spartans on and they found a breakthrough just before the half-hour mark when Blair Tolmie was left unmarked at the back post when a ball was played in, Tolmie showed great composure to slot the ball into the back of the net to give the Ainslie Park men the lead.

Phil Addison was next up to try and level the game with a sizzling strike from the edge of the box but Carswell was equal to it and gathered the ball well.

Spartans had a good shout for a penalty just before the interval after Blair Atkinson was upended in the box but referee, Stewart Luke, wasn’t interested and played on before blowing for half time.

After the interval Atkinson had a golden chance to double Spartans lead when Jack Smith rolled him in but the young striker fired wide from close range.

Patrick Martin kept Gala in the game with a superb save at full stretch moments later when Michael Herd’s first time effort looked netbound.

Ruari Paton almost levelled for the visitors on the hour mark when he got on the end of a cross, he was left unmarked but headed wide.

The home side sealed the victory with ten minutes to play when Adam Corbett went on a great run down the wing before passing to Jack Smith who rolled the ball into the net.

Main Image: Mark Brown.

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