Lacklustre Vale labour to victory

Doon AFC 1

Vale of Girvan 3

IN what was probably their poorest performance in a long time, Vale of Girvan huffed and puffed their way past basement side Doon. It was never meant to be this tough and the visitors were mightily relieved to return home with the points.

Michael Evans put the Vale defence under pressure for lengthy spells in the first half, to groans of displeasure from manager Gordon McIlwraith.

John McMillan was caught napping with the ball after ten minutes, allowing Steven Bryce to nip in and steal the ball from him before playing in Jimmy Murphy. He broke through the Vale defence to fire the ball just wide.

That should have been a wake up call for the Vale but Doon continued to make life uncomfortable for Vale’s defence and they took the lead when Murphy raced through to score after half an hour.

Vale never looked like pulling anything back before the break and Doon reached the break with their lead intact.

McIlwraith had a few harsh with his players at half time, and Neil Hyslop and Wason were replaced by Wright and Brown. This made a difference as Vale started to press forward.

They won a corner kick that Bob Ashworth swung into the box. It broke to Alan Hyslop who levelled the scores.

Ashworth delivered another great ball into the box two minutes later for young Liam Wright to head home and put Vale in front.

The home team started to tire as Vale pressed forward in numbers and their pressure paid off when Smith was brought down just outside the box.

Ashworth laid the free-kick into the path of Liam Wright who slotted home and earn Vale a good result from a very poor show.

Vale of Girvan: McNeilly, Gilchrist, Wason, Reid, Hyslop, McVittie, McMillan, Bryce, Ashworh, Smith

Subs: Wright (47) Brown (47) Fletcher (68).

Lucky numbers winner was Alec Wason.

Vale of Girvan would like to thank William Hill of Girvan for sponsoring them with kit bags.