Girvan show fight against Saltcoats

Girvan’s first match under new boss Peter Leonard ended in defeat on Saturday at Saltcoats but there were plenty positives to take from the game.

Saltcoats were unbeaten in eight matches going into the game but Girvan matched them for long periods over the 90 minutes.

The home side took the lead when Sean Quinn chipped the ball over Girvan’s trialist keeper and into the net.

Girvan fought back though and were level on 15 minutes when a corner was sent deep into the area and headed back into the net by Stevie O’Donnell.

It wasn’t level for long as Saltcoats went 2-1 ahead on 19 minutes from a corner of their own with Adam Easdon neeting from close range.

Girvan’s Josh Sloan came close to levelling matters again before the break but his shot from 25 yards went narrowly past the post before Stevie O’Donnell shot straight at the keeper after a free kick was only half cleared by the home defence.

The killer third goal from Saltcoats came 20 minutes into the second half when a corner wasn’t cleared by Girvan and Easdon pounced for his second goal of the game.

Girvan will hope to get their first win of the season against Annbank on Saturday (31st January) at Hamilton Park with kick off at 1.45pm and there were certainly plenty of positives for Leonard and the players to take out of the performance at Saltcoats.

Meanwhile Maybole will be hoping to get back into action after lying idle since January 10th when they lost 1-0 to Greenock.

They travel to Kilsyth on Saturday in what is a vital game if they are to keep their promotion dream alive.

Kilsyth lie just four points behind Maybole in the first division table so Carlo Walker’s side will be looking to pick up all three points in North Lanarkshire to keep up the pressure on Shettleston and leaders Pollok.