Crucial points for Girvan
GIRVAN cruised to three points on Saturday at Hamilton Park inspired by a star showing from David McVittie.
It was a much-needed three points for Brian McLuckie's men after their setback last week against Annbank United.
The Seasiders started the game well and were on top in the opening stages with Kevin Biggart going close after only six minutes.
Darren Mitchell shot wide as well, as Girvan searched for the opener.
The breakthrough finally came on the half hour mark when Michael Moffat won a 50-50 ball to race clear on goal slip his finish past the keeper.
And the lead was doubled just four minutes later when Mitchell found the net.
Biggart's set piece was headed at goal by Stevie O'Donnell but it was heading wide.
McVittie done well to keep the ball in play before picking out Mitchell six yards out to slot home.
McCluckie's men were comfortable as the game moved into the second half but they were given a warning not switch off completely when Vics pulled one back after 65 minutes.
This sparked the Girvan men back into life and they were quick to regained their two goal advantage just five minutes later.
McVittie left three men in his wake as he made his way to the byeline before squaring to Steven Shankland to fire home from close range.
And the points were made safe with 15 minutes remaining when Nikki Smith was brought down inside the area.
Moffat's spot kick was saved but Neal Gilmour was alert enough to follow it in and prodded home the rebound. Whitletts grabbed themselves a second consolation twelve minutes from time but it was too little too late for the Ayr side as Girvan bagged the all-important three points.
The Hamilton Park men have a free weekend this week, which is welcome as a few of the side are carrying slight knocks and the extra time to rest will help to prepare them for the visit of fellow promotion chasers Ashfield on Saturday, April 10.
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Saturday 18 May 2013
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