Another Girvan stalemate

THORNIEWOOD UNITED 2 GIRVAN FC 2

GIRVAN were held to another frustrating draw on Saturday - their third of the league season so far.

Two first-half goals from John Bradford were not enough for all three points for the Seasiders, who are desperately looking to register their first win of the league campaign.

In their previous two league matches they’ve come from behind to grab a point against Whitletts on the opening day of the season and last week at home to nine-man Dalry.

But on Saturday they got their noses after battling back from falling behind but were unable to hold on for the win.

The home side started well and almost opened the scoring after only a minute when Steven Mullen spotted Darren Johnstone off his line and tried to chip the Girvan keeper, but the attempt went just over the bar.

United opened the scoring six minutes later when Mullen fired home from close range to cap a fine start from the hosts.

The goal did bring Girvan into life and they began to exert some pressure of their own and pulled level after 17 minutes. A Kevin Biggart corner to the backpost was headed across the six-yard box by Nicky Faulds and Bradford was left unmarked to turn the ball home.

Brian McLuckie’s men kept up the pressure and got their noses in front just after the half hour mark. Scott McQuade sent in a cross from the left flank to Bradford in the box who turned his defender and slotted home with a lovely finish.

Kyle Faulds almost got on the scoresheet shortly afterwards but Ian Connolly produced a terrific stop to turn the former St Mirren man’s shot over the bar.

Girvan looked comfortable going in at half-time and remerged for the second half looking for the killer third goal that would have sealed the match.

However, the home side were a different side after the interval and did most the pressing. And it was no surprise when they equalised on the hour when McKean fired home after Girvan failed to clear their lines.

They almost won it themselves but Johnstone was able to block McKean’s effort as he burst through on goal.

And with five minutes remaining, Girvan survived a penalty appeal after Nicky Faulds appeared to have handled inside the area.

The referee took the view that it was ball to hand and not a penalty, allowing Girvan to escape.

After the match, Tam McCreadie said: “It was probably a fair result, although we did hang on at the end. For the last 20 minutes it was certainly backs to the wall stuff.

“They were by far the better side in the second half, but we were better in the first. If we had managed to get a third goal then I think we would have won quite comfortably.

“We also gave new signing Ryan Holms a start and he looked good on the left with a bit of pace and skill to beat a man.

“We’ve another tough game on Saturday when we face Ardrossan Winton Rovers, who are top the league after a good start.”

Girvan: Johnson, McGilp, McQuade, Faulds, Fulton, Biggart, Smith, Faulds, Bradford, McKenna, Holms. Subs; Wilson, Rutherford, Cashmore, Harvey