Girvan denied first win by late missed penalty

Girvan were agonisingly denied a first win of the season on Saturday as Darren Mitchell missed a late penalty which would have seen off Dalry.

The Seasiders drew the game 1-1 as their recent upturn in form continued under boss Peter Leonard.

Leonard was disappointed not to record all three points which came after he was denied a win in his first home game in charge against Annbank last month by an injury time equaliser.

A goal by James Hilton early in the second half put Girvan ahead before Dalry equalised with 15 minutes to go.

However, Girvan stalwart Darren Mitchell who was playing as a trialist had an opportunity to win the match with five minutes to go after Stevie O’Donnell was brought down in the box.

Mitchell’s penalty was saved though and Girvan had to settle for a point.

Leonard said: “I’m definitely disappointed not to get three points as it was a game that we dominated.

“We didn’t convert chances in the first half but we got a good goal from the boy Hilton in the second half and then he’s through again 15 minutes later and at 2-0 you’d think the game was done.

“Then we get another opportunity late on but Darren’s missed the penalty.

“It’s hard to take on the back of the last minute equaliser we conceded against Annbank and two points could so easily have been six.

“The progress though is happening and we have become a lot more solid in defence since Stevie O’Donnell has returned and Michael Mossie at right back has been excellent.”

Leonard confirmed Mitchell hasn’t signed permanently but hopes to have him for Saturday’s home game against Kilwinning.

“Darren is helping us out and fingers crossed we’ll have him for Saturday again as he gives us a presence up top.

“I watched Kilwinning the other week and whilst they are a good side, we are a tough side to break down.

“The boys were gutted not to win after Saturday so we’ll be giving it a go.”