Girvan lose to Neilston in cup

Actino from the Girvan match on Saturday
Actino from the Girvan match on Saturday

Girvan FC’s Scottish Junior Cup dream ended when they lost out to Neilston Juniors 3-0 at Hamilton Park on Saturday.

Girvan went into the game having lost all of their games so far this season but with some renewed confidence having put up a spirited showing against Benburb last Saturday in the West of Scotland Cup when they went down 4-2.

And the visitors to Hamilton Park came to Girvan having suffered a 6-0 defeat to Shotts Bon Accord in the same competition.

However, Girvan got off to the worst possible start when inside the opening 20 seconds of the match Neilston took the lead thanks to a drive from 18 yards out from Chris Cameron which left keeper Colin Robertson beaten all ends up.

Girvan’s heads didn’t go down over the early setback though as they went chasing for an equaliser.

And the home side came close to one when Stewart Millarvie sent Connor Gracie clear but he put his shot over the bar.

Neilston, who play in the division above Girvan, came close to doubling their lead on 25 minutes when a free header was glanced just wide but they didn’t have to wait long for a better opportunity to double their lead.

On 27 minutes, Bruce McKenzie gave away a penalty and James Canning netted calmly from the spot to make it 2-0, a scoreline which remained until half-time.

Ten minutes into the second half, Girvan came close to coming back into the game when David McVittie curled a free kick round the Neilston wall but his effort hit the side netting.

The visitors completed their win with 20 minutes to go when keeper Robertson pulled down an opponent and Canning stepped up again to make no mistake from the spot to seal his side’s place in round three of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Girvan are at home again this Saturday (1st November) when they return to league duty after a fortnight of cup action.

They host Lugar Boswell Thistle at Hamilton Park with a 2pm kick off.

It will be another tough test for Girvan who are currently bottom of the Ayrshire District League having lost their opening five matches.

Lugar on the other hand have made a positive start to their campaign winning three of their opening five matches to sit in fourth place and they also enjoyed a 5-2 win away at Moray side Burghead Thistle in the Junior Cup on Saturday .

However, having created chances against two tough opponents over the last fortnight, Girvan will go into the game on Saturday feeling they can pick up their first points of the season against their opponents from East Ayrshire.

The latest winner of the clubs weekly 50/50 draw was Mandy who collected £61.50 as her winnings.