Glenafton Athletic 2 Girvan 0
promotion-chasing Girvan crashed to defeat on Saturday in a disappointing game where they finished up with only nine men.
Kyle Faulds and Scott McGilp both received two yellow cards in a scrappy affair at Loch Park.
They need to bounce back quickly as, on Saturday, they play fourth-placed East Kilbride Thistle, who have only lost once away from home on league business this season, at Hamilton Park.
Club chairman Tam McCreadie told the Gazette: “We need to start winning games again. We’ve got ten games left, five at home and five away.”
The Seasiders sit in third place, two points behind Whitletts with a game in hand, so there’s no need to panic yet. But they will have to start producing better results than Saturday.
The first half was a fairly even battle, with the Glens going close after 15 minutes with a header over the bar, and George Wallace’s volley across the six-yard box was crying out to touched in for Girvan.
However, Brian McLuckie’s side finished the half a man down when Faulds received his second yellow a minute before the interval.
This was a big boost for the home side and they emerged in the second half a more determined team.
And they should have opened the scoring just two minutes after the restart when Jim Wilson burst through the Girvan defence with the only Keith Ross to beat. However, the former Annbank man blasted over the bar with a goal gaping.
However, the ten men couldn’t hold out much longer and the Glens opened the scoring after 55 minutes.
A deep ball into the box was missed by Stuart Peacock and Gareth Armstrong controlled the ball and steadied himself before slotting past Ross in the Girvan goal.
It got worse for Girvan when McGilp picked up his second yellow of the afternoon for a clumsy foul on Paul McKenzie.
Despite the disadvantage, Girvan did come close to grabbing an equaliser ten minutes from time. Youngster Craig Harvey beat two defenders before firing an effort just over the bar.
But the home side sealed the points with two minutes to go when Paul McInnes fired home from 20 yards.
McCreadie added: “It was disappointing on Saturday. You can’t go down to nine men and expect to get something from the game. We played a bit better, but we can play much better.
“The two sending offs didn’t help. It’s a big game on Saturday against East Kilbride, one we need to win.”