BACK IN THE GAME!

Girvan 3

Cumbernauld United 0

girvan fired themselves back into promotion contention on Saturday with victory against Cumbernauld.

Late goals from George Wallace and Aaran Connolly sealed the points after Danny Cunningham had given the Seasiders a first half lead.

There was also another clean sheet and a solid debut for new signing Keith Ross, from Beith , between the sticks. The Scotland Junior internationalist was snapped up at the weekend by manager Brian McLuckie, who is keen to add more depth to the squad as they push for promotion.

The club are still seeking Ross’ former Beith team-mate Derek McCulloch and working toward getting his signature in time for the run in.

A heavy downpour at the start of the game ruined any chance of a free-flowing first half of as the pitch was turned into a mud bath.

The visitors came closest to open the scoring after only six minutes when they rattled the post from a free kick 20 yards out.

It took Girvan 20 minutes to register their first real opportunity to hit the target. Iain Cashmore won the ball in the middle of the park and fed Tony Murphy but his shot was well saved.

Ross again did well to keep his side level after 25 minutes when he raced from his line to deny to the incoming striker.

The Seasiders welcomed back midfield man Kevin Biggart into the side after injury and his delivery from a free kick, two minutes before the interval, picked out Danny Cunningam at the back post who volleyed home from an acute angle.

To use the old adage, it was an excellent time to score and Girvan as re-emerged in the second half with far more purpose and life.

Lee McCrae picked out Cashmore inside the area, but his first-time effort was well stopped. Then George Wallace headed over the bar on the hour mark from a Biggart free kick as Girvan pushed for a second.

The longer the game went on with their solitary goal lead, nerves began to creep in as the visitors grew in confidence, believing they could rescue a point.

So it came as a great relief for them when, with five minutes remaining, Wallace fired home from eight yards after some excellent work from on-loan Ayr United man Aaran Connolly to seal the points.

Connolly then got himself on the scoresheet right at the death when he beat two men and drove into the area before slotting past the United goalkeeper.

The three points helped close the gap on the top two of Clydebank and Whitletts, and McLuckie’s men will be hoping to leapfrog one of them after the weekend as the two sides face each other at the Dam Park Stadium, Ayr.

First though, Girvan have to overcome a potentially tricky away game at Annbank.