At grassroots level, teams will often find that the opposition uses the same kit supplier as them. It must be rare though for both teams to turn up wearing exactly the same strip. But with Gala’s secretary working away and a subsequent breakdown in communication, that is exactly what happened at Netherdale today.
Not willing to let that get in the way of a game of football being played, both teams and the referee agreed that Gala would wear bibs to avoid a clash. And your YFS correspondent spent the ninety minutes trying to see white numbers through white bibs!
Top of the table Gala may have been slightly put off by this change in dress code as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. Hearts had been billed as the last undefeated league side in Britain, but those reports neglected to note the similar unrelenting form of the Fairydean Rovers. However on the same weekend that the Jambos lost their unbeaten record, so did the Borderers. And it was an impressive Oxgangs side who saw to that.
An even opening to the match saw both teams trying to utilise their pace in attacking areas with through passes.
It was Oxgangs who were first to see some sort of reward for this approach. The lightning quick Ewan Evans came close twice. First he was denied by a good save by Gala keeper Josh Bain, then his driving run into the box and cut back was blocked by the defence.
Gala hit back and had chances of their own. Josh Lamb played in Declan Bell but Arran Paterson got down to stop his shot.
Daniel Cairnie then hit a shot from twenty five yards which was not far away before Bell was in again. This time he got on the end of a flicked on free-kick but the ball seemed to come at him too quickly to get enough contact.
A goal from either team was imminent and it was the away side who got the crucial opener. When Gavin Wells’ driven cross was parried by Bain, Alistair McWhirter was following up to score on the rebound.
Matthew Roberts of Gala and Evans of Oxgangs are two players of real pace and they appeared to be having a battle to see who could go on the longest dribbles. Both had a run and shot at goal before the half was out.