Girvan FC started their season in emphatic fashion last night with a 6-0 win over Craigmark Burntonians at Hamilton Park.
The result sees Iain Kearney’s men go straight to the top of the table in section three of the Ardagh Glass League Cup.
Marc Dyer scored a second-half hat-trick as the seasiders blew away the Burntonians to build on their good pre-season form.
Neil Shearer was the man who opened the scoring after just two minutes after the Craigmark keeper could only parry a Ryan Caddis free-kick
This was a sign of things to come from Girvan, as they launched wave after wave of attack down both flanks. Danny Cunningham released Andrew Hislop down the left wing and he crossed for Tommy Maitland, whose twenty yard volley went narrowly past the left post.
Marc Dyer, who had looked lively from the start, had two great chances to double the lead only to be thwarted by Farrell in the Craigmark goal. The Seasiders faithful didn’t have long to wait however, as a strong Maitland run through the middle of the park put Caddis through on goal and he selflessly squared to Darren Mitchell who tapped it home from five yards.
Only two minutes later some wonderful passing down the right wing saw Mitchell turn provider as he flicked the ball between two defenders leaving Caddis with only the keeper to beat and he unleashed a right footed shot into the roof of the net from ten yards out.
The first half hour was all Girvan but there was to be some controversy before the first half was finished. As referee David Ingram was warning Colin Webb about kicking the ball away Craigmark took a quick throw in which caught the Girvan defence napping and John Henderson fired a terrific volley into the top corner from 20 yards. The home team complained strongly and after taking a minute to consider the situation Ingram chalked off the goal and took play back to the original throw in.
Early in the second half Ryan Caddis fell heavily in a challenge and struggled to get back to his feet. After trying to run it off he was replaced by Craig Harvey, adding yet another name to the injury list.
Dyer finally got on the scoresheet on 55 minutes after slotting home from 10 yards after a cutback from Hislop.
On the hour mark Hislop was replaced by Jordan Ryan and with fresh legs on both flanks supporting Mitchell Girvan threatened to run riot. Dyer linked up with Ryan on the left wing and a quick one-two allowed him space to shoot and his effort was slightly deflected past Farrell to make it 5-0 for the Seasiders.
Harvey’s pace was causing Craigmark all kinds of trouble and only three minutes later he beat Daryl Grover and Jordan Spiers down the line and sent a cross in behind the on rushing strikers. Somehow Marc Dyer managed to reach the ball on the turn and fire a right footed shot into the bottom corner to claim his hat trick.
Girvan’s pace on both wings caused Craigmark all sorts of problems and if not for some good saves from Farrell both Harvey and Ryan could have had second half hat tricks. Maitland and Webb managed to keep the Dalmellington side from creating any chances through the middle of the park and anything they sent over the top was mopped up by Shearer and Wilson, both of whom put in terrific performances.
The Seasiders will hope they can carry this form into the packed early season schedule, as they host Annbank United on Wednesday (6:45pm kick off) and Maybole on Saturday (2pm kick off) before travelling to Troon next Monday and Ayr to face Whitletts next Wednesday (both 6:45pm kick offs) in their remaining Ardagh Cup group games.
Girvan: Markey, Doolan, Wilson, Cunningham, Shearer, Maitland, Caddis (Harvey 52), Webb, Mitchell, Dyer, Hislop (Ryan 60).
Craigmark: Farrell, Harvey, Speirs, Steele, Bone, Collins, Hainey, Dunn, McIntyre, Henderson, Grover.
Referee: David Ingram
Scoring: 1-0 Shearer (2mins), 2-0 Mitchell (28mins), 3-0 Caddis (30mins), 4-0 Dyer (55mins), 5-0 Dyer (65mins), 6-0 Dyer (68mins)