Girvan out of cup despite good away performance

DESPITE going out of the Scottish Cup in the first round, Girvan recorded a good performance on Saturday away to East of Scotland premier champions Bonnyrigg.

Club chairman Tam McCreadie said the team played well creating some good scoring opportunites and defending well.

THe first chance for Bonnyrigg came in the second minute when a shot whistled over the Girvan bar.

The in the seventh minute Bonnyrigg took the lead from a corner. A cross came to the back post and a Girvan defender mishit the ball leaving an easy chance for the Bonnyrigg striker.

In the 21st minute Girvan had a chance to equalise when McQuade played in Darren Mitchell but the shot went wide.

The in the 28th minute Bonnyrigg doubled their lead when again a mistake by a Girvan defender left Girvan exposed and Bonnyrigg made no mistake.

For the rest of the first half the teams were evenly matched with no real chances falling to either side.

In the 51st minute Scott McGilp hit a good shot from the edge of the 18 yard box but the Bonnyrigg keeper turned it round the post for a corner.

But in the 54th minute Girvan got their reward, but it came through a soft penalty award.

A corner from Girvan was played into the box and was cleared but Craig Harvey got on the end of it and hit a shot at goal which came off a defender’s arm. Darren Mitchell made no mistake from the spot to put Girvan back into the game.

In the 56th minute Bonnyrigg had a chance to make it 3-1 but the shot came back off the post.

Girvan had chances to equalise and bring Bonnyrigg back to the west coast for a replay. A Darren Mitchell volley in 63 minutes was turned round the post and Scott Cunningham had a go from about 20 yards out but his shot took a delection and ended up harmlessly wide.

In the 88th minute Girvan’s Scott McGilp was sent off for a second bookable offence after a tired lunge at a Bonnyrigg player.

Tam said: “We were unlucky not to get a replay. We defended well apart from a couple of mistakes which led to the goals and showed a wee bit of attacking play and did make chances.

“So performance wise it was excellent and unlucky not to take something from the game in the end.”

Girvan next play Dalry on Saturday in a league match and will be hoping to get some points on the board after their match with Annbank last Wednesday was called off due to the weather.