Unbelievable week for Galashiels teenager Ciaran Greene


The highly rated Gala Fairydean Rovers defender, who has just turned 18, has enjoyed a week to remember.

Last week, he became the club’s youngest-ever captain when he captained the team against the University of Stirling at Forthbank.

He scored his first goal for the club on Sunday.

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And that happened to be the equalizer, three minutes from time against Linlithgow Rose to secure a penalty shoot-out in the East of Scotland Cup final.

And his home club, where his father Shane also played, won their first ever trophy.

He said: “What a feeling. To come down from 2-0 with ten men was just unbelievable. There’s no better feeling, especially the way we did it.

“The first half had been a bit nervous and it wasn’t the best playing surface but at half time the manager (Martin Scott) put us down and told us to stick to the game plan and if we did we could easily take the win match.” cup.

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“With five minutes left, the assistant manager (Steve Craig) told me to get on the pitch and I managed to get to the back post on the end of Quinn’s (Mitchell) cross and head in. It was a great cross to be honest, especially from his soft foot. And it was my first goal for the club.

“I got the armband when Danny (Galbraith) came off, so I tossed for the penalties.

“And they put four over the bar. In any case, the missed penalties were on target and the keeper saved.

“We had been practicing taking penalties in training and I would have taken the next penalty if Ciaren (Chalmers) had missed, but he scored.

“It was fantastic to celebrate with the fans. They definitely showed up to support us and were like a 12th man.

“My dad was at the race and I went up to him at the finish and he was buzzing. But I’m just happy to have won the Cup in front of Chairman Ryan (Cass) and everyone who works behind the scenes.

“To finally lift the trophy was an incredible feeling and now we have cemented our place in the club’s history.”

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