Girvan on target

GIRVAN got their League Cup campagin off with a bang by netting 11 times in their first two games and conceding just one.

After a five-goal thrashing of Troon last Wednesday evening, the Seasiders then dismantled another Ayrshire league side when Craigmark came calling at Hamilton Park.

Brian McLuckie’s men showed their quality throughout and strolled the contest throughout on Saturday afternoon.

They opened the scoring after only four minutes when new signing Richard Hay headed a long ball into the path of Michael Rutherford, who burst into the box and slotted past keeper Paul Robertson.

However, the Seasiders suffered a blip when, six minutes later, the visitors drew level when Jordan Love’s deflected effort looped over Darren Johnstone and into the next after Girvan failed to clear a corner.

But their lead was restored after 22 minutes thanks to a fine individual goal from Neal Gilmour.

The midfield man picked up the ball deep in his own half before setting off up the park, beating four men in the process, and finding the corner of the net from 18 yards.

The home side continued to dominate and could have added to their lead, but a Stuart Peacock header was cleared off the line and Alan Love saw his long-range shot smack the face of the cross bar. But, inevitably, the third goal did arrive four minutes before the interval when Rutherford found enough space in a busy penalty box to slot home from eight yards.

Girvan’s domination continued into the second half and Ian Cashmore headed the fourth of the afternoon from an Alan Love cross.

Hay delivered the fifth shortly after the hour mark when Robertson failed to hold onto a Gilmour shot, and the scoring was wrapped up when Kyle Faulds scored from the penalty spot.

Club chairman Tam McCreadie was delighted with the side’s performance in their opening two games.

He said: “We’ve started really well and are looking strong. We’ll get a better idea of where we are at when we play Whitletts, who are in the same league as us, tonight [Wednesday].

“We’ve still a few faces to get back and we’ve not seen Sean McKenna yet, but we’re looking stronger with more depth in the squad.”

Girvan are still looking at the possibility of adding to the squad if the right player becomes available to them.

McCreadie added: “We’ve a good squad now that we need to cut down to a manageable number but if we can add more quality for the right price, we will do so.