Girvan showed no sign of rustiness in their first game for a month as they swept aside Dalry Thistle in a convincing 4-1 win at Hamilton Park.
Given the late season loss of six players, the performance of the newly-formed team, with two trialists in the starting line-up, gave the Seasiders a welcome boost of confidence in the run-in to the end of the season and they will face the last three games with no inferiority complex.
Girvan settled quickly with two early chances which were spurned but it took only until the 12th minute for them to find their scoring touch. Harvey crossed from the left and found John McMillan 20 yards out. The wily forward saw that the Dalry ‘keeper was a yard or two off his line but that was enough for him to take advantage as he floated in a looping shot which dropped under the bar leaving the keeper stranded.
It took Dalry 25 minutes to penetrate the Girvan box but a fierce cross from the left failed to find a forward who could convert it into a goal.
Ten minutes later, Girvan made it 2-0, and again the Dalry goalkeeper appeared to be at fault. David McVittie took the ball at the corner of the box and and he bent a well-placed shot into the top corner of the net of the net from 18 yards.
It was 3-0 before half time and this time the goal came from the penalty spot after Harvey had been pushed off the ball in the area. McMillan’s spot kick was saved by the keeper but Maitland, following in, was first to the ball to net the rebound.
Dalry got one back just after the break and the Girvan defence was found wanting this time. They had two or three chances to clear but a surprised Dalry forward made no mistake when he found the ball at his feet six yards out.The visitors went down to ten men in 56 minutes when one of their defenders saw yellow for the second time. Just a minute later, a Girvan trialist, Stirling, came close with a fierce drive from 25 yards which came back off the bar and was cleared. Dalry contiued to battle gamely despite their numerical disadvantage but but the issue was well and truly settled ten minutes from time when Tommy Maitland latched onto a Cunningham free kick and netted for the last goal of the game.
With the two promotion places looking likely to go to Kilwinning and Troon, Girvan have only prestige to play for at the tail end of the season. But,if they can win their last three games they will be entitled to be pleased with their season.