Vale of Leithen 2 Gretna 2008 2

Vale of Leithen 2 Gretna 2008 2
The pitch for todays game was not the best being a bit heavy with some bumpy areas due to the scarifying of the pitch midweek.
Vale were again handicapped with Ross Brady missing due to the injury he picked up on Wednesday.
The game commenced with both sides intent on attack and Gretna were rewarded in the 12 min when after a melee in the Vale box, Pearson slotted home the opener for Gretna.
Gretna were now in the ascendancy with Vale struggled to contain them.
However, as the half progressed Vale started to take the upper hand and were rewarded 39 min when a good move down the right wing was converted by Sean Stewart.
The first half closed with Vale on top.
HT 1-1
The second started with Vale on top with Gretna restricted to breakaways.
Vale should have taken the lead in the 60 min when a Cameron Dawson header was net bound only for the Gretna goalkeeper Jamieson, to pull of an excellent save.
Two minutes later Dawson nearly scored, when after some nice footwork in the box his shot beat Jamieson only to come back of the post before it was cleared by the Gretna defence.
Vale pressure was finally rewarded in the 73 min when after a great four man move down the right Liall Smith was at the back post to give Vale the lead.
With Vale chasing a third goal to finish the game, Gretna were awarded a free kick on their left wing, and from the resultant kick a ball was not cleared in the box and a lob from Hunter beat Gilpin for the equaliser.
FT 2-2
A good performance from the whole team, who deserved to be on the winning side today.
The John Adam Bakery sponsor Man of the Match was Brad Raiker, who was presented his bottle by Honorary President, Keith Brown