Vale 4 Gala Fairydean Rovers 2
Vale came out of the blocks rapidly and were rewarded in the 6 min when a cross from a free kick on the left by Scott Wilson was missed by everyone and ended up in the net.
Vale increased their lead in the 11 min when a after a melee in the six yard box Marc Berry tap in to give them a 2-0 lead.
However, an injury to David Bonner in the 15 min changed the whole complexity of the game. Bonner dislocated his shoulder and had to leave the field and his presence was missed almost immediately.
Gala were now in the ascendancy and Vale were struggling to regain control of the midfield.
Gala had a decent shout for a penalty when Imlah appeared to nudge the forward, but the referee waved play on.
Gale did reduced the lead on the 40 min when a 25 yard speculative shot appeared to deceive Gilpin and ended up in the top left hand corner.
On the basis of pressure Gala deserved their goal.
The second half began as the first finished with Gala on top.
For all their pressure it was still Vale who were creating the best chances on the breakaway.
Vale made a couple of tactical changes and were beginning to get back into the game having weather the storm.
They were rewarded in the 75 min when after a couple of blocks in the Gala area Berry knocked home his second of the night.
Vale were now in control and added a fourth in the 83 min when after a great interchange on the right Sean Stewart went through and slotted the ball passed the Gala keeper.
With time running out Gala scored in injury time when a 20 yard shot from Craigie found the bottom corner of the net.
A good all round performance by the team and a well deserved 3 points.
Union Club Man of the match was Sean Stewart.