Girvan pick up vital win in push for title

Girvan boss Peter Leonard hailed Saturday’s 4-1 win at Whitletts as his side’s most important of the season so far.

His team came from a goal down to maintain their unbeaten start in the league and they sit just three points behind leaders Irvine Vics with a game in hand.

Leonard said: “Without a doubt that is our most important victory so far.

“Whitletts will be there come the end of the season so to go away to them and pick up three points is great especially as they had been unbeaten at home for 14 months.

“I didn’t think we played at our best but it was good to get the win.”

Whitletts took the lead on 24 minutes when a ball over the top allowed Tony Balfour in behind the Girvan defence and he slotted by Steve Douglas.

Girvan’s response was immediate though with Davie Cunningham’s cutback causing bother in the home sides box and Raymond Buchanan put the ball into his own net.

A minute later Girvan had the chance to go in front as Tony Murphy was fouled inside the box but Paul Cameron’s penalty was well saved by Ally McInnes.

However, McInnes to go from hero to villain on 41 minutes wen he was sent off for foul and abusive language towards the referee after he had picked up a knock outside the box.

Six minutes into the second half, Girvan made their man advantage count as Robert Paterson took advantage of a poor clearance from Graeme Longair and he curled past sub keeper Elliot Masterton.

With the game heading towards the last ten minutes, Girvan got an all important third goal. Masterton had saved an inital shot well but substitute Josh Sloan slotted home easily.

A fourth came five minutes from the end when Paterson grabbed a second from a cross.

Leonard added: “I think the quick response to their goal certainly helped us and at the start of the second half we took the game away from them.

“On the red card, in the modern age you just can’t say those things to a referee though it was very unlike Ally McInnes.”

Girvan are at home to Dalry on Saturday with kick off at 2pm at Hamilton Park.

“The main thing is making sure the players arent’ complacent and everyone is back for Saturday including Michael Mossie and Chris Allan.

“Dalry might have lost 8-0 at the weekend but they were in the game until half time and a double sending off and any team in this league can beat anyone if there is an off day.”

As the Gazette went to press Girvan were drawn against Beith Juniors in the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup. They will face a tough tie against a Premier League side. The tie will be played on Saturday November 21.