Defeat for Maybole in cup

Maybole made an emotional return to action on Saturday as they took on Shettleston in a Round 2 New Coin Holdings Cup tie.

It was Carlo Walker’s teams first match since the tragic death of their captain Stuart McGrady last month at the age of just 29.

McGrady passed away in his sleep only hours after scoring in Maybole’s 3-0 win over Ardeer. A minutes applause was held in Stuart’s memory and the players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

Maybole were under strength for the cup tie against their fellow Super League First Division side with four players missing through injury and work commitments.

However, they started well and Andy Stevenson and Stuart Peacock missed early chances to give the visitors the lead. They weren’t to be denied on the half hour mark though when Peacock’s cross found Mark Cameron who fired home from 12 yards.

That seemed to fire Shettleston into action with Maybole keeper Scott Johnston making a couple of fine saves to keep his side ahead at half time.

The home side drew level on 58 minutes with a breakaway goal and their counter attacking football paid off again 15 minutes later when they scored what proved to be the winner.

Maybole were reduced to 10 men for the last 15 minutes when John Frame was given a harsh second booking and they couldn’t force an equaliser.

Maybole are back in league action on Saturday (March 28) as they continue to bid for promotion with a match away to Kilysth at 2pm.