Girvan boys beat all-comers to lift the cup

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Last weekend Girvan Youth travelled to Falkirk to compete in the Falkirk Cup, the only tournament hosted by a senior team in Scotland.

With temperatures freezing and most games played on a 3G pitch, the boys were lucky to get one grass pitch playable.

Sunday Girvan faced Falkirk FC. Girvan settled quickly and got the perfect start when Jack Smith rifled home a spectacular free kick. Jamie Dorans, Connor Gracie and another from Jack Smith secured a 4-0 win. Jack Smith was man of the match.

Next up were Milton Reds, just back from winning the Blackpool Cup. This was a very tight game and Brandon Rice had a huge slice of luck when his mis-hit shot trickled past the Milton keeper to end the game 1-0 to Girvan. Man of the match was Mark Allison.

Monday was to be a very long day and Cowie Colts were first up, Cowie opened the scoring through a free kick, Daniel Storrie levelled for Girvan. Cowie scored again from another free kick before Jamie Dorans levelled again from the penalty spot to end the game 2-2. Man of the match was Calum Hamilton.

Next up was Bailieston Juniors, Girvan winning 2-1 with goals from Daniel Storrie. Man of the match was Mark Allison.

The semi-final saw Girvan taking on Cowie Colts again. This time Girvan had a very convincing win, beating them 5-1 goals with from Ross Kelly, Matthew Taylor and a hat-trick from Jamie Dorans, who was man of the match.

Girvan saved their best for the final, meeting Milton Reds again and this time winning a 4-0 thanks to goals from Brandon Rice (two), Connor Gracie and goal of the tournament and first of the season for Mark Allison. Man of the match was Calum Hamilton.

Another fantastic achievement for this remarkable team.

Girvan squad: Gillespie, Sloan, Kelly, Nisbett, Boon, McCulloch, J Smith, Barrett, Storrie, Gracie, Rice, Hamilton, McAvoy, Allison, T Smith, Taylor and Dorans.

On Sunday, the boys were back on league duty against Bellfield Royals and a very welcome return to Victory Park.

Girvan started the game with a few boys struggling with injuries but with the large squad got the chance to reshuffle things and play about with the formation.

Girvan started very brightly and the midfield of Hamilton and Allison started to dominate from the start and it was Hamilton who provided the inch-perfect ball for Dorans to rifle past the Kilmarnock keeper.

Bellfield levelled with a stunning free kick that left Sloan with no chance, but Rice restored Girvan’s lead before half-time after Gracie played him in.

At half-time Girvan made changes, bringing on McAvoy, Nesbitt and Barrett, and the fresh legs brought new life to Girvan.

McAvoy and Hamilton were linking up well and creating chance after chance, and providing for Dorans to grab his second of the day. McAvoy was next on the scoresheet, scoring from the byeline.

Kelly got a couple of goals before the end after some fine runs from midfield .

Man of the match was Jamie McAvoy with a fantastic second half.

Last night (Tuesday), Girvan were at home to Craigie Colts at Victory Park in what was expected to be a very entertaining game.