Girvan FC’s senior Scottish Cup dreams ended at the first hurdle on Saturday but Billy Thomson’s side put up a very spirited show against Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare.
Girvan travelled to the village of Rosewell in Midlothian having lost their opening two league games as well as succumbing to five defeats out of five in the Ardagh League Cup.
And to make the task even tougher for Girvan, Whitehill went into the game having not lost any of their eight league games so far this season.
It was Whitehill who made the ideal start when their number seven Steven Manson was played in and he fired past Colin Robertson on the angle to make it 1-0.
Before the half hour mark it was 2-0 to Whitehill with Aaron Sommerville latching on to a ball before turning and shooting by Robertson.
However, Girvan heads did not go down and they more than matched their superior opponents for large parts of the game on Saturday.
And it wasn’t until the 80th minute that Whitehill made sure of their place in the round two draw when Kyle Quinn unleashed a shot from 25 yards which Robertson had little chance to do.
Girvan secured a well deserved consolation in injury time when a well worked move saw Connor Gracie score past the Whitehill goalkeeper.
Not to be for Girvan with the luck of the draw going against them again this year but plenty of positives to take into their fixture against Whitletts on 27th September.