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Musselburgh Windsor overcome valiant Gala in style

Gala Fairydean Rovers 1

Neves 60'

Musselburgh Windsor 8

Campbell 4', Dickson 14', Thomson 38', 41', Higginson 42', 49', Finlay 58', McCartney 60'
  • Sunday, 28 February 2016
  • Netherdale, Galashiels
  • Under 13´s
  • Ken Ritchie Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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First division Musselburgh Windsor comfortably beat second division Gala Fairydean Rovers to progress to the third round of the Ken Ritchie Cup, where they will face their own second team.

They dominated from start to finish but Gala performed well against strong opposition. They defended resolutely in the first half to keep the score to 2-0 at half time. Kieron Butler in the Gala goal also made numerous saves to contribute to this.

And commendably they continued to try and pass out from the back despite heavy pressure from the Windsor attackers.

The first goal arrived after only four minutes. Josh Campbell broke down the right before cooly slotting across Butler.

Jack Main hit the post shortly after and Butler made a terrific double save from Ben Gearty and Main.

But the keeper was helpless when Musselburgh scored a second in freak fashion. Jack Dickson’s attempted cross from the left sailed high over him and in.

The assault on Fairydean Rovers’ goal then stopped, with the defence organised by Adam Moffat keeping the men in blue at bay.

In fact, it took Gala getting a shot on goal and allowing Windsor a counter attack before Butler had anything more to do. Bryce Ormiston’s shot was dealt with and they broke quickly up the right wing. Main passed across goal for Gearty but Butler saved with his foot.

Main then passed up another chance, dinking into the keeper’s hands after good set up play from Adam Clark.

  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-2
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Goals did come more readily in the second half as the relentless pressure began to tell. Only three minutes had elapsed in the second period before the first goal. Robert Hunter crossed from the right for Finn Thomson to score.

And it was 4-0 three minutes later thanks to the same combination. The towering figure of McCartney received a pass from Lewis Bowd before setting up Thomson again.

Lewis Higginson then stepped up with a strike from distance only a minute later.

Higginson repeated that trick from closer in on 49 minutes after a good passing move involving Josh Campbell.

Ben Finlay joined the list of scorers, slotting home to make it 7-0 after Main’s slide rule pass.

With ten minutes to play, a ray of sunshine appeared on an otherwise cloudy day for Gala. Emil Neves picked up the ball a good 30 yards out, and spotting Nathan Cummings off his line, decided to go for goal. The execution was superb, hitting it early enough to catch the keeper out.

But, just to put a dampener on that, Musselburgh went straight up the park and scored again. McCartney got a goal of his own after another threaded through ball by Main.

That was all she wrote, although it could have been more. Main somehow hit the bar from right underneath it after yet another McCartney cross.

Fairydean Rovers coach Ewan Lindores commented that he hopes his side can learn from playing teams from the higher division, and they will hope to take that into their next game as it doesn’t get any easier for them – an away tie against Spartans Reds who have a 100% record in the top league.

  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 1-8
  • Musselburgh Windsor


Gala Fairydean Rovers
Musselburgh Windsor
1. Kieron Butler
2. Toby Sparham
4. Jamie Palmer
5. Adam Moffat
7. Jake Bell
8. Dylan Curran
9. Tyler Hayes
10. Bryce Ormiston
11. Josh Akrigg
12. Emil Neves
13. Cameron Riddell
14. Ian Manzoni
16. Cassius Ross
1. Nathan Cummings
2. Aidan McFarlane
3. Adam Clark
4. Jack Dickson
5. Josh Campbell
6. Ben Finlay
7. Finn Thomson
8. Kerr Marr
9. Ben Gearty
10. Jack Main
12. Lewis Higginson
15. Kurt Robertson
16. Lewis Bowd
19. Robert Hunter
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Musselburgh Windsor
Kieron Butler - Made a string of fine saves to keep his side in it in the first half. Also had to be alert off his line on more than one occasion.
Jack Main - Although the little front man didn't manage to get on the score sheet, he worked incredibly hard for his team and set up numerous chances. Reflected in the two assists he managed.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Musselburgh Windsor
Neves' clever goal from a long way out ensured it wasn't all doom and gloom.
Higginson's long range strike was the pick of the bunch from their goals.
Club Views
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Musselburgh Windsor
"There are positives we can take. It's a set up and I said to the boys at the start it's about applying yourself. It's the standard you need to aspire to. And it's a really good experience for the boys to be honest. It was really hard against some big boys with real quality, but it's a good experience regardless of the result."
"It was good, solid performance. We encouraged the guys to get the ball down, express themselves and get a bit of confidence on the ball and pass it around. They were doing that and looking for the ball and helping their team-mates. It was a professional performance."
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