Girvan under 16s march on in Scottish Cup

Girvan Youth Under 16s had a long journey to Edinburgh to take on Salvesen CFC in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup.

The game being played on a 4G park on a lovely crisp winter’s morning conditions were perfect for a cracking game of football.

Salvesen started the brighter of the teams creating the first of the chances, dominating the opening stages and forcing Girvan to sit deep.

After some neat play from the Edinburgh giants Salvesen opened the scoring and continued to dominate the first half.

The second half saw Girvan come back and equalise soon after kick-off with Brandon Rice slotting home.

Connor Gracie put Girvan in front after pressing Salvesen’s defence into making mistakes and coolly rifled home.

Salvesen started to come back into the game and after some neat passing equalised, they then went in front after Girvan’s defence made a mistake and the ball bounced over Ross in goal.

Brandon Rice was buzzing up front and equalised for Girvan after Gracie put in a wonderful cross. Lurking was Taylor whose shot was saved from a yard out, but Rice latched onto the rebound and slotted home.

Taylor put Girvan ahead again, this time making no mistake in front of goal.

With 10 minutes remaining Rice popped up again to give Girvan a cushion and let them relax in the closing stages and with minutes remaining the lively Gracie was brought down in the box.

Up stepped Jamie Dorans who made no mistake and sent Girvan into the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

A fantastic result with a limited squad with Storrie and O’Neil both cup tied, Jack Smith signing with Kilmarnock and McCulloch and Holland both injured.

Man of the match was Brandon Rice with his best performance of the season.

Girvan: Gillespie, Kelly, Dorans, Boon, Barrett, Gracie, Allison, Hamilton, Taylor, McAvoy, Rice, Ross & Nisbett