Girvan suffer narrow defeat

Girvan started their Ayrshire District League campaign for the 2013-2014 season with a 3-2 away loss to Dalry on Saturday.

Iain Kearney’s side had been in tremendous pre-season form in the Ardagh Glass League cup earlier this month but a late winner from the Merksworth Park side saw Dalry claim all three points.

It had all started so well for Girvan in North Ayrshire as in-form Marc Dyer grabbed an early goal when he opened the scoring after just six minutes.

And the visitors looked set to hold onto that single goal advantage until the half-time interval but Dalry grabbed an equaliser on 40 minutes.

All-square at the break then and an even start to the second half kept the sides level.

However, it was the home side who grabbed the initiative on 71 minutes when they scored their second.

Girvan pushed forward to seize an equaliser with ten minutes to go when Jordan Ryan slotted the ball home.

It looked as though the Hamilton Park men had all the momentum heading towards the final whistle after Ryan’s goal but their joy was short-lived.

Just two minutes later, Dalry grabbed their third which was to ultimately prove the winner and ensure it was them who started the season with a victory.

Having been in good form, Girvan will have been very disappointed to kick-off their league campaign with a defeat against a side who finished below them last season in the Ayrshire League.

The Seasiders will now look to bounce back in their next league fixture which is at home to Craigmark this Saturday (August 24). Kick off is at 2pm.

However, before then Girvan have a cup game tonight (Wednesday August 21) to think about as they entertain Premier League side Cumnock Juniors in the quarter finals of the Ardagh Glass League Cup in a 6.30pm kick off at Hamilton Park.

The plum tie is reward for Girvan who finished top of section three last Wednesday night after a 1-1 draw against Whitletts Vics in Ayr.

This ensured they remained unbeaten in the five group games after beating Craigmark Burntonians 6-0, Annbank United 5-0, Carrick rivals Maybole 4-1 and an impressive 3-0 win away to Troon.

Girvan tackle the East Ayrshire side who started their league campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Hurlford on Saturday.

As for the league cup, they finished runners-up in section four, edging out Glenafton and Lugar Boswell to earn the right to play Girvan tonight.

Carrick’s other junior side Maybole are also in action tonight as they face the toughest test of them all in the league cup quarter finals.

They travel to Auchinleck to take on Auchinleck Talbot who are the reigning Premier League and Scottish Junior Cup champions.

But Maybole are in good spirits after starting their First Division campaign with a 3-1 win over Renfrew.