Girvan Youth U16s hosted Ochiltree at the 3G pitch at Carrick Academy on a lovely crisp winters morning.
As last week Girvan started slowly again with Girvan’s midfield trio of Allison, Hamilton and McAvoy being overrun by Ochiltrees strong physical team with passes going astray and being robbed whilst in possession basically bullied off the ball.
With nothing being created Girvans wingers Gracie and Taylor seen little off the ball and Rice up had nothing to do and anything that did come his way the big Ochiltree Centre half dealt with comfortably.
Ochiltree opened the scoring in the first half again this time Girvan’s defence of Kelly, Dorans, Boon & Barrett were caught out and the striker rounded Ross in goal.
Ochiltree had the upper hand and it took some magnificent goalkeeping from Ross to deny them any more goals before the break.
After the break Girvan brought on Storrie, O’Neil & Nisbett and immediately this changed the game with O’Neil taking charge in midfield and letting Hamilton & McAvoy play football now and the passing game that Girvan are good at.
Storrie making some good runs up the wing now Girvan started to press and it was O’Neil who got the equaliser with a 30 yard screamer.
Taylor put Girvan ahead with a stunning volley from a McAvoy cross, then Storrie was denied by the post from a bullet of a header, then he missed an open goal, but Storrie wrapped the game up with a goal late on.
McCulloch came on the closing stages of the game for a short run out after his injury and had no dramas.
This was a game of two halves and Girvan will have to improve significantly for next week’s Scottish cup tie away to Ferniside up in Edinburgh again.
Man of the match was Ryan O’Neil who changed the game when he came on and surly deserves to get signed.