Gary Jardine explains Civil Service Strollers defeat as former Hibs winger inspires Gala Fairydean Rovers

Civil Service Strollers came crashing back down to earth after they were beaten 3-1 by visitors Gala Fairydean Rovers – thanks to some magic by former Hibs winger Danny Galbraith.
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Confidence was high in the Christie Gillies Park camp following Friday night's 2-1 victory over Rangers B in the Lowland League curtain-raiser.

But Gary Jardine's men were never at the races against the Borders club and, after a goalless opening 45 minutes, Gala opened the scoring within a minute of the restart, Galbraith's corner causing mayhem in the six-yard box and Allan Smith claiming the final touch.

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Nine minutes later it was two for the visitors as skipper Gareth Rodger got his name on the scoresheet with a neat finish. But the best strike of the night arrived on the hour when Galbraith, who was the best player on the park, pinged a 25-yard effort into the top corner.

Danny Galbraith (No.10) appeals for a foul during the game at Christie Gillies Park.Danny Galbraith (No.10) appeals for a foul during the game at Christie Gillies Park.
Danny Galbraith (No.10) appeals for a foul during the game at Christie Gillies Park.

Strollers huffed and puffed with Jardine making a raft of changes from the bench in a bid to mount a late comeback.

And although substitute Jonathan Moffat did find a consolation with a couple of minutes to spare, the hosts got what they deserved.

Jardine said afterwards: "The guys were a bit leggy after the Rangers game but I'm not using that as an excuse as Gala were the better side.

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“I didn't think they looked like they were going to score in the first half, so I'm really disappointed with a lot of aspects of the first goal. The second goal was a good finish and then the third one is a bit of magic.

Strollers boss Gary Jardine.Strollers boss Gary Jardine.
Strollers boss Gary Jardine.

"Galbraith played really well. As much as Marc Laird is a good player, his work was done a lot deeper. They've both played at the highest level. We just lacked that bit of quality in the final third.

"But all in all, it was a disappointing night. We've just got to get ready for the weekend now."