Girvan FC are the comeback kings

Girvan FC won an extraordinary game against Dalry on Saturday despite going 3-0 down inside quarter of an hour.

The Hamilton Park men came back to win 7-3 in a thriller to ensure they kept their unbeaten league record intact.

Dalry, who had lost 8-0 at Darvel the week before took the lead after three minutes when a mix up in the Girvan defence allowed the visitors to pounce.

Two minutes later Dalry doubled their lead from the penalty spot, which Girvan manager Peter Leonard described as “very soft” before on 13 minutes it was 3-0 to the visitors.

Girvan’s fightback began on 17 minutes when Robert Patterson converted a penalty after Paul Cameron was tripped in the box before Girvan stalwart Danny Cunningham reduced the deficit further on 22 minutes when he fired home a Tony Murphy cross. Dalry were reduced to ten men on 36 minutes when a straight red was shown after a player’s studs caught Steven Cargill.

Boss Leonard said: “I thought that sending off was very unfair on the big lad. He showed his studs but it was a bounce ball and him and Cargill have collided for the ball. Steven’s thought he can make it with his head and the Dalry man has gone in and caught him but I don’t think it was a red.”

Dalry were then reduced to nine men with a second bookable offence on 42 minutes.

A missed penalty by Girvan before half time meant they were 3-2 down going into the second half. Girvan found it hard to break down a dogged Dalry defence but the leveller came on 64 minutes when Josh Sloan turned in Chris Allan’s corner before the 73rd minute saw Murphy cap the comeback when he scored his sides fourth.

The scoring was far from finished though as Girvan scored three times inside the final five minutes. Firstly, Cameron scored after a pass from Allan inside the box before he had a shot saved that was turned in by David Cunningham.

On the final minute Cameron made it a magnificent seven to keep Girvan third in the table, unbeaten after six games and three points behind leaders Irvine Vics.

Leonard said: “At 3-0 down my hair was certainly going greyer but they are a real resilient bunch and they responded very well.”

Saturday sees Girvan in West of Scotland cup action against Blantyre at Hamilton Park with kick off at 2pm.

Leonard added: “We’re in good form and our confidence is high. It will be a tough test against a good Glasgow side .”