Three-goal blitz sets up Spartans

Kevin Motion scored twice
Kevin Motion scored twice
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Spartans extended their lead at the top of the Lowland League to 12 points thanks to three goals in three minutes away to Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Both sides came into the game on good form but the visitors enjoyed the early pressure, forcing a number of corner kicks in the opening few minutes. However, the Gala defence stood strong and Spartans were unable to turn any of their early dominance into on-target attempts at goal.

Gala had the best chance of the game after 25 minutes when David Bonnar drove forward from midfield, shook off a couple of challenges and fired a powerful strike just over the bar.

Keith McLeod could have opened the scoring for Spartans in the 36th minute, however he headed Kevin Motion’s neat cross just wide of the far post.

Gala had worked hard to keep up the tempo Spartans were setting, however it was telling as the visitors scored three goals in three minutes just before the break as the home side started to tire.

McLeod was first in the 42nd minute when he raced onto a through ball from midfield and fired a low shot into the corner of the net.

Seconds later, Spartans doubled the lead when Jack Beesley raced free on the right wing. He cut inside and played a neat ball along the six-yard line allowing Motion to find space at the back post and tap the ball into an empty net.

With the Gala defence not knowing what had hit them, Spartans were able to wrap the game up in the 44th minute when lovely link-up play on the left allowed McLeod to set Motion free and he fired his strike off the far post and into the net.

Gala benefited from the half-time break and came out stronger in the second half. Spartans had Ross Gilpin to thank for the clean sheet as he pulled off a wonderful save to deny Andrew Common’s header in the 52nd minute.

As the game went on the visitors found themselves once again in control and secured the important three points.

Gala Fairydean Rovers: Dodds, Stephen, Common, Greene, Bonnar (Herkness), Nicol, McColm, Stuart Noble, Paliczka, Sutherland (Gibson). Unused: Dinnons, Roberts, Steven Noble.

Spartans: Gilpin, Brown, Cennerarro, Sivewright, Main, Grant (Muhsin), Beesley (Henretty), Whatley, Bremner (Anderson), McLeod, Motion. Unused: Blaikie, MacCuish.