Fine win for Girvan juniors

WITH Victory Park still unplayable, Girvan Youth moved their home tie against Ayr Juniors down to Ballantrae on a fine crisp day and came away with a fine 4-3 win.

They started the game playing uphill and, straight away, former Ayr striker Matthew Taylor caused his old team all sorts of problems with his darting runs, one of which led to him being brought down in the box. He stepped up for the penalty and coolly slotted the ball into the net.

The first half was flowing from end to end with both teams having chances, and there was a fantastic battle for control of the midfield between Hamilton of Ayr and Girvan’s Mark Allison.

Ayr were really pushing for an equaliser and Campbell on the wing, with his skill and trickery, was proving to be a real handful for the Girvan defence and this led to Ayr being awarded a penalty, Donaldson converting.

Ayr were on top now and pushing for another, which duly came when Gillespie could only parry a Hamilton piledriver and and Donalson was quickest to react to slot the ball home for a lead which Ayr kept until the interval.

Girvan reshuffled in the second half with Kyle McCulloch coming off injured to be replaced by Reagan McGurn.

Playing downhill now, Girvan started getting into the game, using the width to their advantage. Daniel Storrie was worrying the Ayr defence with his pace, and he linked with Brandon Rice to rifle the ball into the net for the equaliser.

Then Taylor, now playing wide right, flighted a wonderful cross for Storrie to head past the Ayr keeper.

Jamie Dorans, who has been sensational this season, was having one of his quieter games but showed great skill when he skipped past three Ayr defenders before hitting an unstoppable 30-yard shot into the net.

If Girvan thought the game was finished at 4-2, they were wrong and Craig Holland gave Ayr hope with a fine shot past Gillespie.

But Girvan defence of Smith, Irvine, Barrett and Allison steadied the ship and held out for a deserved win.

Next week Girvan are at home to KSC Town in the League Cup.

Girvan Squad: Gillespie, Irvine. Barrett, McCulloch, Smith Storrie, Dorans, Allison, Park, Rice, Taylor, McGurn, McIlwraith, T Smith.