Gala 'A' 32, Selkirk 'A' 7

Second half collapse allows Gala to gain ground in league title race

THIS top of the table clash took place on the back pitches at Netherdale on Saturday, with the home team running out convincing winners to cut Selkirk's lead at the top of the Border Farm Supplies Championship.

Gala opened the scoring in the 10th minute when a mix-up in the visitors' defence following a grubber kick allowed stand-off Lee Miller to dive on the loose ball and score in the corner. The Maroons extended their lead midway through the half, but there was no further scoring and the interval came with Gala 10-0 ahead.

Selkirk started the second half knowing they needed a score to get back into the game, and this duly arrived when hooker Peter Forrest charged over for a try. Rory Banks converted. Gala hit back immediately with another try by Lee Miller.

Selkirk came more into the game in the second half, and had a chance to close the gap but Rory Banks just missed with a penalty attempt.

With 10 minutes to go Gala extended their lead when their hooker went over for a try in the corner after a good break by number eight Willie Cox. Gala were now dominating proceedings and scored again with five minutes to go, when veteran Tom Weir went over for their fifth try, this time Lee Miller adding the conversion.

Right on full-time Al Emond scored under the posts and was encouraged by his team-mates to take the conversion, which dribbled along the ground as the referee blew the final whistle. Final score: Gala 'A' 32, Selkirk 'A' 7.

SELKIRK - C. Beattie, T. Swan, C. MacDougall, R. Armstrong, D. Scott, R. Banks, F. Jack, R. Price, P. Forrest, S. Renwick, G. Jeffrey, K. Connor, S. Tomlinson, A. Millar, J. Everitt. Replacements: G. Blair, D. Gray, D. Moussa, B. Reid, S. McDonald, N. Cruikshank, C. Kemp.