Girvan back in the hunt

Craig Harvey goes on a good run against Cumbernauld on Saturday
Craig Harvey goes on a good run against Cumbernauld on Saturday

Girvan lifted themselves to 11th place and amazingly could go sixth in the Central Premier First Division this weekend if they add another three points to the six they gained this week.

On Wednesday night they won 3-2 at Dalry despite losing a goal in the seventh minute.

Girvan equallised through Harvey in 38 minutes and were 2-1 up two minutes before the break thanks to a Lee McCrea penalty. Again in the second half Girvan made things difficult for themselves by lsoing a second in 55 minutes but six minutes later a Michael O’ Connor shot from 18 yards sealed the win.

That set things up nicely for a return match with Cumbernauld who had beaten Girvan 4-3 last Saturday after Girvan had been cruising at 3-0 up.

The game started well for Girvan. In the ninth minute Harvey played in Alan Love but the shot was saved and Michael O’ Connor’s shot missed the bottom corner by inches in the 18th minute.

Again in the 25th minute another shot, this time from Kevin Biggart from inside the box just missed the upright.

They took the lead in the 49th minute when John Bradford flicked on a header to Michael O’ Connor who drove into the box and slipped the ball past the outcoming keeper for 1-0. But in the 53rd minute Cumbernauld were back on level terms. Girvan had a free kick in the Cumbernauld half but the ball was cleared and from the break away Girvan were found short at the back. Danny Cunningham came to the Seasiders’ rescue in the 67th minute when he cleared a shot almost off the line.

But two minutes later Girvan took the lead again. In a similar move to the first goal John Bradford won a header and Alan Love picked it up. He beat one man and slipped the ball to Michael O’ Connor who found himself with only the keeper to beat and duly obliged with his second.

Girvan chairman Tam McCreadie said that it was a “good fighting performance” from the team who were without regulars Lee McCrea and Tommy Maitland

“It’s now a decisive game on Wednesday night against Hurlford. We overtake them in the league if we win. It’s a really big game for us but then every game is a big game.

“Hurlford will slip down into the relegation zone if we can beat them. Amazingly we can jump to sixth as there are five teams above us on 30 points - but there are games on Monday night and we could go down to 12th! It’s just such an up and down league. But by Wednesday night we should know what we need to do.”

Girvan are currently 11th in the 14 team league on 28 points. They play Hurlford tonight at 7pm at Hamilton Park and entertain junior Scottish cup finalists Shotts on Saturday at 2pm.