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Dalkeith begin to reach potential at Gala's expense

Gala Fairydean Rovers 0

Dalkeith Miners 4

Barrett 29' 35' 38' 43'
  • Sunday, 13 December 2015
  • Netherdale 3G Arena, Galashiels
  • Under 16´s
  • Division Two
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Dalkeith coach Mark Laidlaw feels his side can start to fulfil their potential after beating Gala Fairydean Rovers 4-0.

He said: “I don’t feel we have really lived up to our potential. But hopefully as we go into the second half of the season, these kind of games can kick us on a wee bit.”

Based on the performance here, they are certainly capable of moving up the league. New signing Bradley Barret got all four goals but Laidlaw felt it was a team effort and the likes of Cal Doogan, Keiran Williamson, Reece Wyllie and Liam Cassidy certainly played their part.

On the other hand, Gala suffered their second disappointing result in a row. But the performance here was much better than in the 6-0 defeat to Redhall Star a week before.

Head coach George Fairgrieve feels there is more to come from his charges. He said: “Last year we won the Third Division convincingly, but now every game is a hard game and they are finding it hard to deal with.

“But I think in the second half of the season, we will win more than we lose. But it’s more about the development of the players.”

Barrett scored the first of his goals after 29 minutes but he could already have had a couple.

He hit the post early on and then was presented with a great opportunity after a terrific pass by Doogan.

When the goal did come it was thanks to some more great service, this time from Euan Mitchell. Mitchell received it back after taking a throw on the right. He threw in an inviting deep cross for Barrett and the striker nudged it past the goalie at the back post.

In between all that Gala had a penalty claim turned down when Lee Anderson came charging out of his goal to challenge Aaron Wozniak, who went down. The referee though felt nothing untoward had taken place.

Cameron Dalgleish tried to catch Anderson off his line on another occasion but his shot from just outside the box hit a defender’s back.

Doogan sent in another teasing ball for Barrett but he again failed to take advantage. He was able to make up for that when Cassidy sent a good quick ball over the top of the Gala defence and Barrett half volleyed beyond Tyler Grainger.

And he had his hat trick minutes before half time. The forward was thriving off the service of his team-mates and it was another clever pass which played him in. This time it was Williamson who picked him out and he finished well yet again.

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-3
  • Dalkeith Miners

Gala introduced Ben Swan and Ben Mitchell at half time and both made an impact. Swan stamped a physical authority in the middle of the park and used the ball well, while Mitchell looked to get on the ball in attacking areas.

It made for an end to end half but unfortunately for the home side it was the Miners who grabbed a killer fourth goal.

Wyllie’s free kick was parried by Grainger and Barrett reacted quickest to prod home the rebound.

Gala went close to pulling one back after good play down the right involving Ryan Cottrell and Wozniak. Wozniak wriggled his way into the box but could only force a corner. From the resultant set play, Swan received a short one before firing in a cross which smacked the bar.

Wozniak's was able to stretch the game with his pace and direct running. He burrowed his way into the box again shortly after but couldn’t find the net from a narrow angle.

Tyler Grainger received Gala’s star man award in the loss to Redhall, and he made some good saves again here. He denied Wyllie twice and Williamson in the closing stages.

There was plenty on show here to back up the words of both coaches, and both sides will be looking to move up the table in the second half of the season.

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-4
  • Dalkeith Miners


Gala Fairydean Rovers
Dalkeith Miners
1. Tyler Grainger
2. Dylan Wood
3. Tom Darling
4. Alistair Robertson
5. Michael Jamieson
6. Andrew Callow
7. Joe Fairgrieve
8. Cameron Dalgleish
9. Nathan Henderson
10. Ryan Cottrell
11. Aaron Wozniak
12. Brendan Jack
13. Ben Swan
14. Gary Goodfellow
15. Ben Morrison
16. Alex Lawson
1. Lee Anderson
2. Sam Devlin
4. Matthew Scotland
5. Melvin Muturi
6. Cal Doogan
7. Keiran Williamson
9. Connor Hamilton
10. Bradley Barrett
11. Robbie Yuill
12. Morgan Rutherford
14. Blair Anderson
15. Euan Mitchell
16. Aiden Gillespie
17. Reece Wyllie
18. Liam Cassidy
19. Ethan Singh
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Dalkeith Miners
Aaron Wozniak - The pacy forward was able to stretch the Dalkeith back line at times in the second half, which helped his team come more into the game.
Bradley Barrett - Was on fire in front of goal, showing a real striker's instinct for each and every one of his goals.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Dalkeith Miners
The introduction of the two Bens, Swan and Mitchell, at half time changed the flow of the game.
Barrett's second goal was the pick of the punch - a half volley from outside of the box,
Club Views
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Dalkeith Miners
Head Coach George Fairgrieve: "Big improvement from last week. Everybody knew how bad we had played and we had to analyse things. The first thirty minutes was as good as we've played. The shape was a lot better and then we gave away three silly goals - if you give that to any team they are going to score. Overall I was more pleased, 1-0 in the second half to make it 4-0 overall and a better performance."

"I thought in the conditions the guys played really well. They tried to get the ball on the deck and play football. The new striker came into the team and got the four goals but altogether it was a great team effort for us today."

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