McMillan steps in to seal points for Vale

Dalmilling AFC 3 Vale of Girvan 4

A CLASSY strike five minutes from time by John McMillan ensured Vale of Girvan took full advantage of their flying start against Dalmilling last Saturday and extended their excellent winning run.

They took the lead after five minutes when Malky Fletcher sneaked in behind the Dalmilling defence to get his foot on to a Nathan Smith through ball and, before the home goalkeeper could react to the situation, the ball ran into the empty net.

After 15 minutes, Vale went two up after the Dalmilling goalkeeper misjudged a Liam Wright free kick and could only look helplessly on as it sailed into the net. The Vale were in control of the game for the rest of the first half as assistant manager Neil Hyslop barked out the instructions this week, with manager McIlwraith on other duties.

However, Dalmilling pulled one back after 55 minutes when a defensive mix-up ended with the ball being turned into the net from close range.

However Hyslop intercepted the ball five minutes later before playing in David Bryce, who calmly went round the goalkeeper to restore Vale’s two-goal advantage.

The game looked safe at this point, but two extremely good goals in the 74th and 82nd minutes, from the Dalmilling striker Tony Balfour brought the game back to level pegging and set up a grandstand finish. Balfour had caused the Vale a great deal of trouble throughout the game and his two goals was just reward for his hard work.

Stevie Brown nearly put the Vale back in front but his shot came back off the post.

However, the winner came for the Vale with five minutes remaining after Liam Wright played in McMillan, who produced a high-quality finish to give the Vale a valuable three points.

Assistant manager Neil Hyslop told the Carrick Gazette after the game: “We were missing a few players today and didn’t really play at our best. However I am delighted that the team showed great spirit to continue our undefeated run.

“Dalmilling were tough opponents and it was a very physical game with the Vale players doing well to keep their discipline.” Vale of Girvan: McNeillie, Gilchrist, A Hyslop, Reid, McCluskey, Smith, McMillan, Fletcher (Brown 70), Bryce, N Hyslop (Watson 61), Wright. Unused subs: Govus and Galloway