Girvan win pre-season tournament ahead of tonight’s Hurlford friendly!

Girvan FC got their preparations for the season off to the perfect start on Saturday by winning the T.McCreadie Snr Challenge Cup.

The pre-season tournament saw Girvan come up against Threave Rovers, who they saw off 2-0 before they came up against an Ayr U20 side in the final after they defeated Bonnyton U21s.

After a 1-1 draw it was Peter Leonard’s side who held their nerve on penalties winning 3-2 to win the trophy.

Manager Leonard said: “I was delighted to win and with the way we played particularly so early in the season.

“A few of the boys didn’t know each other yet but I thought some of our play was excellent.”

A penalty from Stephen Cargill and a goal from David Cunningham saw off Threave with Leonard saying it could have been more.

“There was a great bit of skill from Marc Dyer to win the penalty before Stephen put it away.

“Then Craig Reid produced some great work to set up David for a tap in and we had four or five more chances to score but the boys are just slightly rusty right now.

“We came from behind to level against Ayr and from then on we dominated but it went to penalties where we did well to win.”

Leonard has pulled off something of a coup by signing Hurlford captain Paul Cameron who has come down from the Premier League to play for Girvan.

“He’s a player I had with me at Maybole for a couple of years and he’s just moved house from Kilmarnock to Ayr.

“He got in touch and the deal went from there. He’s a great leader to have on the park particularly in the middle of the park.”

Coincidentally Girvan take on Hurlford in a friendly at Hamilton Park tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm before they play a young Stranraer side at home on Saturday at 2pm.

Leonard said: “These games are a good test and we’ll get a look at some other potential signings. My focus is on the Harestanes game right now.”