Annbank United 1 - Girvan 0
It’s nearly the end of the season. Just two games left. Both teams languishing in the lower part of the table with nothing to play for.
So you could be forgiven for thinking that Girvan’s clash with Annbank last Saturday would be a dull, lacklustre affair with nothing to shout about.
And, boy - you’d be dead right!
This affair was as about exciting as watching paint dry - not the high gloss finish, you understand but the drab grey undercoat.
“Not one for the connoisseurs” said our man at New Pebble Park in the understatement of the season, so not much to write home about. But here goes anyway.
The game was 15 minutes old before the first scoring opportunity came and it fell to Girvan. Craig Harvey was through on goal but his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper. The rebound fell to the striker but he blasted over. Two minutes later it was Annbank’s chance to open the scoring when a floated free kick found a head inside the box but the header struck the post and was cleared. At the other end, a Danny Cunningham cross found Tommy Maitland but his headed effort went over the bar.
The best scoring chance of the half fell to the home side who broke clear with just over half an hour gone. But the forward bottled it and, with only the keeper to beat, he lost his composure and blasted his shot over the bar. Harvey had a Girvan effort saved minutes later in the last real action of the half.
Girvan looked as though they might make the break through on the hour mark when Harvey played in the trialist centre-forward, Stirling but from 15 yards, he found the upright and the ball cannoned off the post to safety.
Annbank brought out a good save from the Girvan goalkeeper in 73 minutes but were not to be denied two minutes later when they took the lead with what proved to be the only goal of the game. A half-cleared corner fell to an Annbank forward just 6 yards out and he made no mistake in settling the issue but it was another quarter of an hour before the referee’s whistle brought a merciful end to the direst of encounters.
The Seasiders, struggling to put a team together after the departure of so many of their regular players, will face Ardeer Thistle at home on Saturday, kick off 2pm. Doubtless they will be looking to impress their new boss Iain Kearney. But it looks as though he will face a big rebuilding and rejuvenating job at Hamilton Park if Girvan is to face next season with any degree of confidence.